Country: Scotland
Type: Blended Scotch
Bottler: Diageo
ABV: 43%
Score: 83 points

This blended Scotch is sold primarily in Japan, and is based on the Buchanan’s blend recipes. The nose is spicy with notes of allspice, ginger root, a touch of oak, roasted almonds, dark chocolate, and black tea with lemon. The taste is tart at first with plum, prune, and fig notes, followed by a sharp burst of cinnamon on the tip of the tongue, subtle honey and vanilla notes. The cinnamon dominates through the finish for a one-dimensional end to what started as a more complex dram. (November, 2013)