Advent Day 11 – A.D. Rattray Stronachie 18 Year Old Single Malt | Blog #43

Today we have the older brother of the Stronachie 10 that we tasted 6 days ago on day 5 of our journey.

This is the new version released in the Alberta market only a month ago.

For those that tried the older version of the Stronachie 18 you will find this the same amazing value and one of the least expensive 18 year old whiskies in the market.

Whisky: Stronachie 18 yo single malt

*46% (Benrinnes) – non-chill filtered. Combination of Bourbon and Sherry casks roughly 50/50*

A. D. Rattray Stronachie 18yo A. D. Rattray Stronachie 18yo

Colour: Golden reddish hues

Nose: Honey and Heather in abundance and deeper richer spicy citrus covered notes than its younger sibling.

Palate: Honey and butter on malt biscuits with a lovely oily full mouth feel. Leads into some light clove and pepper.

Finish: Lingering and complex this is a dram with a lot going on.

Water: Tried just a splash of water and the spice gave way to more sweet citrus and just the faintest hint of marzipan right at the death.

**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.

The first version of Stronachie 18 was always a favorite and this new version I think is even better. Certainly bang for the buck you just can’t go past this delicious 18 year old.

The Stronachie range having been in the market re-released for over a month is the only reason I have not been able to say that 100% of the 1st edition whiskies have not been in Alberta before. So for those of you that snuck in and grabbed a bottle of Stronachie 10 or 18 in the past 4 weeks you have had a tiny heads up on some of the calendar contents.

My preference actually on this was with just a tiny splash of water. How did you prefer it?

You can find Stronachie 18 by clicking on this link to Connect Logistics.


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Tomorrow we jump on a boat and visit a region of Scotland as yet untouched on this years 1st Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar journey.

I look forward to seeing you then for a fantastic Friday …


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  1. Chad Yaeck says:

    Like this one over the 10 yo (as I suppose one would think should be the case standing beside an 18yo)
    Nose: "goodies" liquorice candies (remember those), spiced citrus esp orange/tangerine
    taste: anise, honey, creamy orange liquor
    Finnish: baileys like finish- creamy and sweet, little spice.
    Great for after dinner dram…

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