Grand Macnish 12 Year Blended Scotch Whisky 750mL

Yes it’s more scotch. Come fight me if you have a problem with that. Anyway this week we discuss one of our more recent finds, and one that we love – because so far we’ve yet to find a 12 year (albeit blended) scotch for this price point that we can drink time and time again and still enjoy it.


Now there’s also a Sherry Cask version of this (which is shit, because sherry), and a 150 Anniversary edition, which while cheaper isn’t as good. We actually found this during one of our Weekly Wine’s as one a sporadic week where a spirit or beer is offered, and we instantly knew that despite our rotation of Grouse, or Dewar’s – the mantle had been passed.


What they Say: “Distilled, blended & bottled by Robert Macnish & Co Glasgow, Scotland”


Taste: 6.5 – It’s got a nice spice and orange with some peat, but it’s mostly blended together with the ‘aftertaste’ in terms of timing, and I only make a distinction that aftertaste is more the lingering effect.

Aftertaste: 6.5 – This leaves a nice taste in your throat, and is a pleasant experience.

Burn/Smooth: 8.0 – This is the core reason why this beats out things like Dewar or Red Label – it goes down smooth as silk.

Aroma: 7.0 – It’s got a nice peaty smell, and while it’s not perfect, it’s a great aroma.

Honesty: 7.0 – I like the bottle shape with it’s dimples, and the literature is all I need from them; however and it’s a point I have to bring up. The bottle has one of the stupid pour spouts (like a certain tequila) which requires me to get in there with some pliers and pull the sucker out – not complaining too hard about a scotch I need tools to open so that it pours like scotch should (heavily), but it is a point of contention.

Mixability: 7.5

W/ Rocks: 7.5 – This brings out and heightens the diversity of the flavors in the scotch, and in truth this is the main way you will enjoy this.

Value: 7.5 – This is a fantastic value for a 12 year old blended scotch, and in truth any scotch.

Google Shop Average: $24



Reviewer Scores:

BuffaloJern: 7.0

DJ Lvl: 7.0

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Metric Score: 50/70 |+| Metric Average: 7.14 |+| Reviewer Average: 7.0

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Final Thoughts: While I love many scotches, there’s always an inherit problem in that I’ll continue to want to buy unique scotches. This bucks that trend though, and I’m surprised it took us this long to review considering how much of a mainstay it’s become in the Buffalo Lounge


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