Stronachie 10 YO is a labor of love across time and space — divined by science and crafted with skill.
A. D. Rattray has been an independent bottler of Whisky since 1868. Since those early times they have distributed dozens of classic malt Whisky brands and created a few of their own, sourced from the smaller boutique distilleries of Scotland. They are not only an independent distributor and bottler, they are also historians and keepers of the Whisky faith via their “Whisky Experience” facility in South Ayrshire. These days their house brands include the uniquely re-born and revitalized Stronachie, Cask Islay, Bank Note, and their famous Cask Collection series of specially sourced individual barrels of Scotland’s most famous single-malts.
Stonachie WAS a remote, Highland Single Malt distillery built in 1890 by Alexander McDonald. When hard times fell upon the industry due to prohibition and higher coal and barley costs, the facility was dismantled and lost to history in 1930. Back in the day, Dewer Rattray distributed their single-malt all over the UK. In 2002 the descendants of Rattray discovered a sealed bottle of original Stronachie from 1904 at a Whisky auction. They bought the bottle, sampled the spirit, and scientifically deduced the delicate combination of aromatic esters unique to each Single Malt. Then they found a Highland distillery who could faithfully reproduce the ancient dram — the noble Benrinnes Distillery. This is the 10 YO product of that labor of love spanning across time and space.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Stronachie 10 Year Old and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
Scotch Whisky is almost never aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavor finishing is concluded in various wine casks, such as sherry or port.
As a new Scotch drinker, this was especially easy to drink. Very smooth and sweet scotch. No peaty notes to be had to this one so it may not appeal to the more experienced enthusiast.
First burns, but has a smooth aftertaste.
Smooth. A little too sweet through the whole taste. Like a little more bite.
A very smooth scotch. The oak is very subtle. Perfect for someone just getting into enjoying scotch.
Not a fan
Wonderful smell to the nose, very sweet with a kick of spice at the end
Very nice aroma and an equally good taste. Will be buying a bottle to add to my home bar. Wonderful flavor with a start of sweet and it develops into a Smokey and slightly spicy finish.
Solid performer, smooth and sweet but not bold enough for me.
It's good, not great. Sweet, but not overly sweet. It's not really Stronachie, but does that really mean much? The recreation seems solid given the profile. There's not a lot of depth to it, but the notes are fine if you like something sweet and not spicy.
Smooth, sweet, honey, slight spice.
Very tasty Scotch, but then again, I love Scotch!
Very weak, not my kind of drink
Prevalent Honey, but wouldn’t consider it sweet. More spice than expected. Enjoyed the buttery finish. Not a favorite, but wouldn’t turn it down.
Light body, largely one-note
Super surprised the first sip, thought this is bad, mellowed out but the finished stayed. The second try, a lot smoother, figured taste buds were just scorched. I had to wait a while before trying the next sample.
Light and buttery
Underwhelming. There was no scent at all and not much of a taste either. I think I tasted some honey notes but that's literally it. Kind of boring.
Honey, toffee, some pice, buttery warm finish and mouthfeel.
Straight middle of the road scotch. It won’t offend anyone but it won’t blow your socks off either.
I enjoyed this one very much. Smooth and tasty
Very interesting and great finish without the bite of so many on the after taste.
An interesting taste, I'm not much of a scotch drinker so when I saw this bottle I was excited, no mention of smokiness in the flavor spiral or taste description. Well, it is a scotch and it is smokey. Not a deal-breaker, I will drink it. I would love to try a version with the smoke dialed down. It's not bad, just not for me. About all I can detect for flavors is sweetness (almost coconut-like) up front then smoke and a tannin finish. On the nose, it seems like a smokey high-test pinot grigio wine.
Very drinkable. Tasing notes of honey very evident. Tasty
I smelled the honey immediately. It provided a great taste. I could feel the butter finish. This was much spicier than I thought it would be, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.
Personally not my favorite. It does have a strong organic honey nose but the sweetness of the honey does not manifest in the taste for me. But I can definitely see why many people may enjoy it. It definitely has more complex notes than I have experienced in moste spirits. Even though I did not enjoy this whiskey I was actually encouraged to continue drinking due the subtle changes in experience every sip presented.
Love the honey and spicy taste
I wasn’t overly impressed. Decent scotch - spice and alcohol were prevalent initially. 86 proof that burns like 110 proof. On the back end it sweetened up a little with a lingering but mild sweetness.
Like the honey and the butter finish, but I am not a fan of the spiciness.
Easy to drink, buttery finish
Smells like apples and honey. Peppery spice mixes with malty sweetness down low. Finishes buttery with more spice. Not the best I’ve ever had but drinkable.
A little sweet and a bit spicy. Flavor is very mild.
Not generally my type of scotch. Has a pleasant nose with a sweet buttery taste and a spicy finish. A very enjoyable glass!
This is too sweet in my opinion. A little unrefined maybe? It tastes like the alcohol is more than 43%. Still, wouldn't turn it down.
Nice sweet flavor easy to drink.
Very harsh. I’ll admit, I’m not a scotch lover. I’m trying to appreciate it, but this one is just too strong. Sorry. I like the history of this drink though.
Great notes of honey, toffee, and biscuit. For me, however, it’s got more of a bite than I normally prefer.
Very pleasant. Not my favorite in the world, but no big complaints. Honey and toffee come to the front in the nose for me, with a surprisingly spicy sweet and smooth palate. The finish comes and goes fairly quick with a pleasant sweet/buttery end.
Very pleasant. Never thought about having Scotch as dessert before.
Heavy honey notes, great smell.
Aroma was so so. Taste sweet but good. Smooth finish.
Good all around scotch.
Light, spicy, short, sweet, butter.
Sweet but not overwhelming. Goes down smooth.
Heavy honey taste but very enjoyable
Nothing seems to come together cohesively.
A lighter honey bite, not as smokey as I'd prefer but very gentle on the palate.
Smells so nice and sweet. Like sweet bread. Flavor is so smooth and warm. This is a new favorite for me.
Good single malt. Nice sweet flavors. Slight spice in the after taste. Would drink again.
It is a classic, elegant, Single Malt Scotch Whisky that has an aromatic birth; while a rich & spicy life leads to a long & balanced death with notes of butter, malt &, caramel.
I liked this. Nose was almost like tequila and the finish was sweet & spicy.
Sweet & spicy, lots of honey up front, like a less-smokey Johnny Walker Black
Enjoyed this one a lot. Sweet and smooth.
I liked this whisky. The nose was malt and sweet. The taste was honey, toffee and malt.
Quite nice... Honey on the front end is obvious, breaks down to grain hints and spices. The finish is thinner than I'd prefer, with a little bit of oil, but not terrible.
Pleasing to the nose and amazing taste!
So light in color I wasn’t expecting the amount of flavor it packs. Honey spice and grain with a slightly sweet finish.
Delicious flavor. Smooth on the nose and at the finish.
Color is a light straw. Nose is bright with malt, honey, and subtle vanilla. First sip has a little spice, but with a mildly sweet background mimicking the nose: malt, vanilla, and just a touch of the honey. Mouthfeel is full, mildly oily. Finish is a very short continuation of the spice. Overall, nothing offputting, but lacking in depth and finish.
Very nice taste and light delicious finish. Recommended.
Not for me. I look for more smoke in my scotch. Nice favors though
Good, nice honey and toffee.
Very similar to springbank 10, not my style
Very smooth, lots of good flavor. I would enjoy this neat, but maybe not as much in an Old Fashioned.
Peaty nose. Malt, spice, and honey on the palate. Spice and peat wrapped in sweetness after a few drops of water. Very smooth. A few more drops bring out cinnamon rolls and toffee.
Mary loved it, Brian didn't. Smoky and spicy.
This is an easy scotch to drink. I don’t care for peat, and this is very light on the peat.
Sweet Scotch. Honey and wood on the nose. Sweet with honey immediately on the palate. Spice and heat/alcohol come shortly after and linger through the finish. Zero peat.
This Scotch is light on its feet and a bit sharper than I expected on the nose and palate. It balances the sweetness nicely. Makes for nice albeit not so complex dram. I'd recommend it for an easy going drink.
There was a lot going on with the initial sip but dissipated as fast as it came on, definitely something you could sit back as drink while having a good conversation