Producer: A.D. Rattray. Distiller: Benrinnes. ABV: 46%. Age: 18 years. Price: $80.
Wow! Liked this so much I hesitated to post–at least before I had a chance to grab of one the few bottles of it left at K&L Wines. But it’s all about spreading the love–and if somebody else snaps them up first, they may find a new favorite.
Stronachie was founded in the 1890s, and produced a distinctive Highland single malt until 1928, distributed by Dewar Rattray. When the modern A.D. Rattray set out to revive the brand, they found a 1904 vintage bottle and tried to match the profile. They settled on malt from Benrinnes, finished in a mix of bourbon and sherry.
They release a 10-year-old under the Stronachie name, as well as this, the 18-year-old. I’ll let you know when I can do a side-by-side with the 1904 vintage. In the meantime, I’ll say this 18 is a stunner. Robust malt on the nose, wildflower honey, dandelion stems. Palate: spiced orange marmalade, buttery tea biscuits, full mouthfeel. Long finish with bourbon barrel spice. Love it.
Here’s to unexpected discoveries, friends! – BO