Canadian born (of Scottish parents) James Buchanan was one of the pioneers of the blending industry.
He entered whisky trade in 1879 as the London agent for Charles Mackinlay and by the mid 1880s set out on his own. In 1925 Buchanan & Co. joined DCL, predecessor of Diageo, the currently brand owner. Buchanan’s Red Seal is a premium expression inspired by Buchanan’s Royal Household, the whisky made for the court of Edward VII in 1901. The main components of the blend are Dalwhinnie, Glendullan, Clynelish and Caol Ila. Buchanan’s Red Seal was voted ‘Best in Class’ at the 2006 International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Nose: rich and elegant, raisins, prunes, dried dates and figs, nougat, bunch of garden herbs, hints of leather and pencil shavings and distant whiff of smoke.
Palate: distinctive sherry notes, vanilla, toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, sweet dried fruits, sugared nuts, fresh herbs, touch of leather and oak.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of sherry, dried fruits, honey, cocoa powder, bitter orange marmalde, nutmeg and oak.