Buchananâ€™s is a whisky produced in Scotland using only these natural ingredients: water, malted barley, grain and yeast. To create our signature Buchananâ€™s blends, our master blender carefully selects and pairs single malt Scotch whiskies (such as Dalwhinnie) with single grain Scotch whiskies to produce a smooth and delightful blend.
Fresh barley is steeped in water and then spread out on a flat dry surface to germinate. Once the sugar levels reach their peak, maltsters take the sprouting barley and dry it in a kiln fueled by peat. This gives the barley a rich, earthy smokiness that is distinctive to Scotch whiskies.
During mashing, hot water is added to the grist then put into the Mash-tun where is it stirred. This lets the enzymes developed during malting convert the starch into sugar. Once all of the sugar and flavors have been extracted from the grist, it leaves a sweet, clear liquid called the â€œwortâ€�.
The wort is cooled and transferred to large fermentation tanks called â€œwashbacksâ€�. In this process, yeast is added to the wort, starting the fermentation process which converts sugar into alcohol. This creates a beer-like liquid, the â€œwashâ€�, with alcohol content between 8-9%
The liquid then goes through double distillation in copper pot stills. When heat is applied to the liquid inside, the water and alcohol evaporate into the neck of the still and enter condensers.
The liquid from the second fermentation is then placed into American or European oak barrels for at least 3 years, where it begins the process of becoming whisky. Despite three years being the minimum time required to be classified as a Scotch, most distilleries age their whiskies 10-20 years. For example, every whisky in Buchananâ€™s Deluxe has been aged for at least 12 years.