Monday, April 28, 2008

Malt Mission 2008 #281

Bailie Nicol Jarvie
Blended Scotch Whisky
40% abv


This mission continues in the face of seemingly never-ending challenges and uncertainties in our lives. But we have no right to complain. We are still grateful for everything, even when we stomp our feet and have tantrums of frustration in the face of long-term unknowns. It has been a crazy ride with no answers in the immediate future, but it is good to have loyal friends and loving family. And the water of life.

I have read that this blended whisky contains as much as 60% malt whisky from 8 single malt distilleries, all at least 6 years old. All of these things are pretty unusual. It is named after a character in Sir Walter Scott's novel "Rob Roy" and is produced by LVMH, the owners of Ardbeg from Islay, Glen Moray in Speysider, and Glenmorangie, the highland distillery we will feature this week on the malt mission.


Soft vanilla and baked banana, ice cream and toasted tortilla. Light and creamy with a real malty character.

Tastes young with flavours in perfect balance between the fruity malty goodness of new make spirit and quality oak. Seemingly simple with vanilla, some tobacco and shortbread through the palate, but this is actually some complex stuff. I find myself wondering "is that smoke?", "is that peach?", "is that coffee?". Tasty.


Friggin' excellent. An affordable, easy-drinking yet weighty blended whisky for malt drinkers. Cool packaging, too!

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