The Bailie Nicol Jarvie 70cl 40% ABV
The Bailie Nicol Jarvie is a blend produced by The Glenmorangie Company, to me an under sung blended Scotch that punches well above it’s price point. I picked up two bottles from Master of Malt for £20 each. The blend comprises of malts from the Highlands, Islay and Speyside with the grain component from Ayrshire. The bottle’s label boasts of a high malt content, and quite rightly too, the bottle contains 60% malt to 40% grain. On the rear label you are regaled with the story of the Scotch’s namesake, a character from Sir Walter Scott’s “Rob Roy”. The colour is a quite bright orange gold, suggesting a generous drop of caramel.
Nose: fresh wet grass. Pear drops and a soft honey fruitiness. Malt sweetness balanced with sour and sharp notes. Subtle spice. A little sherried and floral. Perhaps some port hints.
Palate: light to medium body. Silky and quite rich. Medium spice and a malty sourness. Lemon and citrus tang. Light vanilla. Towards the middle a strong peppery spice comes in. Dry sherry then follows.
Finish: light wood finish with some spice. Long lasting and satisfying.
In conclusion a great blend. Complex, layered and balanced. Smooth, but not overly so, leaving some bite that adds to the character. Perhaps not a beginners Scotch with the sourness and complexity but definitely for the Malt fan who wants something different that’s also a damn fine bargain. Keep an eye out the next time you’re in a pub or bar, its plain labels let it blend in a little with some of the more prominent bottles. Of course less spent on labels the less the dram costs in the glass. Give it a go.