Its been several years since I was introduced to the Bailie Nicol Jarvie (hereinafter referred to as The BNJ)
After a day out at The Whisky Stramash in Edinburgh I found myself on my way back to my accommodation in Leith at a bar enjoying a few end of the night drams. One of which was The BNJ which until then I had never even heard of.
The whisky itself is named after a character in Sir Walter Scotts novel, Rob Roy. It is a blend of 8 malts (Speyside, Highland and Islay) which are each a minimum of 8 years old. It is 60% malt and 40% grain whisky. The blend itself was owned by LVMH who own (amongst others) Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. Sadly it has been discontinued.
I suppose when your parent company owns Louis Vuitton, Moet and Hennessey, (and has a holding company in the form of Christian Dior) I can see that a blended whisky may not be regarded as enough of a luxury product and a good brand match.
Which is a pity, as its really rather nice…
The Bailie, Nicol Jarvie, 40%abv, Blended Scotch Whisky (discontinued)
The nose is fruity. Very fruity. Reminiscent of fruit cocktail syrup. Strong citrus notes mingle with green apple, pineapple leaves and peach stones.
The palate is malty and nutty with big lemon and barley influences and a slightly waxy mouthfeel. Despite the strong fruit influences on the nose there is also a delicate feeling to this.
The finish is smooth and fruity but starts to dry slightly with some oak notes and vanilla influences, perhaps even the slightest amount of peat right at the end.
I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but the labeling on the bottle is probably amongst my favourite of all whiskies…