Bailie Nicol Jarvie 8 Year Old
Review by @JohnoftheYard
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- Brand: Bailie Nicol Jarvie
- Type: Scotch
- ABV: 40%
It saddens me when I hear people say they don't like blends, when really what they mean is they don't know anything about quality blends and so just tar all blended whiskies with the same brush.
This is not some cheap blended burner, it is as complex as some drinks twice its price with none of the harshness you would perhaps expect for something under £15.
By using malts over 8 years (60% of this blend is malt) and the finest quality grain whisky you get a wonderful sweet and peaty dram worthy of your table.
On the nose you get a faint whiff of smoke although nothing overpowering the sweetness and grassy smells come round the back of the smoke to delight the senses and the taste is no less appealing.
Sweet fruit with a hint of malt and a wonderful taste of fresh grain, the smoke is there too as a wonderful after thought just as it slips down your throat, There isn't really any need for water with this but some soft floral notes come out but nothing really changes here.
This is an astonishing whisky and one which is often used in cocktails although personally I think this is slightly too good to waste.
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