Buchanan's 18 Year Special Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
Double Gold Medal at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Featuring a deep assortment of flavors and a complex finish. With notes of dark chocolate, caramel and honey, this special reserve combines a blend of grain whiskies and single malts guaranteed to heighten any celebration. This masterfully crafted recipe has been aged for 18 years in ex-sherry oak barrels to create a deeper tone and stronger character, making it perfect to sip on its own.
In 1885 James Buchanan won the call for tenders to become the only whisky supplier of the House of Commons, the Legislative Body of the British Parliament. In 1889 the Buchanan’s Blend won a gold medal at the Paris Centennial Exhibition. In 1897 Buchanan & Co was asked to fulfill a whisky order for the Prince of Wales (future King Edward VII), therefore they created an exceptional blend with their finest whiskies. The product didn’t receive a brand name, it was just known as “Scotch Whisky, Specially Selected”. The following year James Buchanan received royal orders to supply Queen Victoria and Prince of Wales. In 1901 Buchanan became supplier of the British Royalty with “The Royal Household”, a whisky especially created for them. In 1907 he was asked to become the official supplier for the Emperor of Japan and the Royal Court of Spain. Meanwhile during the year of 1902 the company opened offices in Paris, New York, Hamburg and Buenos Aires.
James Buchanan passed away at the age of 85 in 1935, when he was 85. He was buried next to his wife in the small cemetery of St. Giles, in Graffham, near Petworth, England. His will was a proof of generosity towards his friends and family. He gave money to almost everyone that surrounded him in addition to gifting extraordinary retirement pensions to those who served him loyally.
Originally created as a lighter alternative to Single Malts to appeal to the Americans during Prohibition, Blended Scotch Whiskies are a mix of both grain and malt whiskies that have been sourced from multiple distilleries and aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels. Nine out of every ten bottles of Scotch sold is a Blended Scotch Whisky and they are generally far more affordable than Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.