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Bailie Nicol Jarvie is ‘constructed’ by the people at Glenmorangie. I suppose quite a bit of that malt went into the mix as a result, but it also contains sweet Speyside and some Islay. The blend is affectionately called BNJ and contains no less than 8 single malts and some grain, all of them at least 8 years of age. It is whispered that no less than 60% of the contents is in fact malt, making this one of the blends with the highest malt content on the market. It is named after a character in the book Roy Roy by Sir Walter Scott.
The nose appears somewhat delicate, with clear hints of orchard fruit, apples and pears in the lead. Some honey and vanilla, but also lemongrass and hay. Hint of smoke, but from the oak cask, I think. Very accessible.
It is very fresh and lively on the palate, with mostly citrus fruit and icing sugar. Nicely sweet, before a big dose of nuts appears. The peat gives it a slight sour edge. Heather? Midpalate you can actually taste the grain, before something syrupy kicks in. Maple syrup? Lemon becomes the dominant flavor.
In the medium long finish, with a great touch of smoke, the spices show themselves again.
A bit too sweet for me, but with enough elements, including the nice delicate touch of peat, to keep it very interesting. Recommended. Only 20 EUR. Even my wife likes this!