Following 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.