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Buchanan's Special Reserve 18 Year Scotch WhiskyOn August 16, 1849, James Buchanan was born in Ontario, Canada. The son of Scottish immigrants, his family returned to the United Kingdom while Buchanan and his siblings were still children. As teenagers, Buchanan and his brother began working as grain exporters in Glasgow and at the age of thirty, James moved to London and began working as a whisky merchant.
While in London, Buchanan quickly realized that there was an untapped English demand for blended Scotch whisky and opened the doors to James Buchanan & Co. Today, Buchanan's company represents one of the oldest and most prestigious whisky blenders in the world (in 1898, Buchanan was given the Royal Warrant, which allowed him to supply Buchanan's Whisky to Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales).
"In keeping up with the pioneering spirit of James Buchanan," says Maureen Robinson, the distillery's master blender, "Buchanan's Special Reserve was born." Buchanan's Special Reserve 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky is a blend of 15 unique whiskies, including Dalwhinnie, each of which have aged for a minimum of 18 years. "Dalwhinnie is a delicate, sweet, malt whisky," Robinson adds, and contributes a honeyed, toffee flavor to Buchanan's.