They seek him here, they seek him there… Bailie Nicol Jarvie

Bailie Nicol JarvieFollowing my thoughts on the mighty Black Grouse, here’s another excellent blend that’s worth searching out.

Bailie Nicol Jarvie, or B.N.J. for the sake of brevity, is now the property of Glenmorangie and boasts the highest, or one of the highest, malt contents of any blend: 60%, sourced from the Highlands, Islay and Speyside.

It is presented in a bottle with a rather splendid antiquated label, although it’s easily identifiable on the shelf (if you can find it; more of that later) as it proudly displays a bold ‘B.N.J.’ on the shoulder of the bottle.

B.N.J. is all about sharpness and freshness. On the nose, it’s all zingy citrus, which gives way to more gentler, warmer tones of vanilla and honey. This characteristic sharpness is presented in the mouth and the mellow tones more so in the finish. Although the latter may not be long and languid, it’s pleasing enough.

Sadly B.N.J. is not always readily available, which is a shame as it trumps the regular ‘mixing’ blends that share this tempting price point (£15-20).

Currently, you can find it at Morrisons and Waitrose (for you Southern types). It used to be available at Sainsbury, but no longer it seems. Apart from that, you’ll have to order it from a specialist.

4 thoughts on “They seek him here, they seek him there… Bailie Nicol Jarvie

  1. This is perhasp the best of all camping blends, easy on the nose and at price that doesn’t make you feel guilty about knocking it back on large enough quantities to keep put the cold.
    It’s shame this beast seems to be gegting rarer and rarer

  2. Indeed… It’s a party whisky, no doubt. I think availability has improved now (a bit) since Glenmorangie took over. There was a time when the advertised website didn’t exist which is pretty poor form in this day and age.

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