The Buchanan's Red Seal: fantastic. Blended whisky at its finest.
The Red Seal is Buchanan's premium blend, inspired by the Royal Household whisky made for the court of King Edward VII in 1901. The blend is a selection of Islay and Highland malts (including a rare expression of Dalwhinnie) as old as 21 years as well as mature grain whiskies. Its ornate, etched amber bottle is presented in a gate-fold box. This is a no age statement single malt that's chill filtered and bottled at 40% ABV and contains artificial colouring. The average price of this bottle is around $250.
On the nose: intense notes of dark dried fruits (prunes, dates, raisins etc), mixed berry jam, vanilla, caramel and a subtle smokiness in the back.
On the palate: orchard fruits, vanilla, caramel, dried fruits, cinnamon, dark chocolate, nutmeg and, again, a light smokiness in the back.
Finish: long with smokiness, nutmeg and dark chocolate.
Overall: A fantastic blended Scotch! It's expressions like these that prove that, when done well, blended whiskies can compete with anything coming out of the single malt world.