Producer: A.D. Rattray. Distillers: undisclosed Highland & Speyside malt whisky distilleries, Lowland grain whisky distiller. ABV: 43%. Age: 5 years. Blend: 40% malt whisky, 60% grain. Price: $20 (1L).
On a cold rainy night in the Chicago spring, one reaches for comfort and quality. The Bank Note blended scotch provides both–and at an insane value: $20 for a 1 liter bottle.
A.D. Rattray is an independent bottler and non-distiller producer with a history going back to 1868. Apart from the Bank Note, they produce an extensive range of single cask, single malt bottlings, and the Stronachie, a reproduction of a single malt from a lost distillery, which BO praised highly in a recent review.
For the Bank Note 5-year-old blended whisky, they’ve set the mix at 40% malt whisky and 60% grain. That’s a reasonably high proportion of malt for such a low-priced blend, and one reason it outperforms rivals at its price point.
There’s a nose of toasted cereal–think multi-grain Cheerios–and citrus zest. A palate of cocoa, more citrus, and candy bar. And a refreshingly long finish that gets warmer and spicier near the end.
All in all, a terrific value for a terrific blend. Cheers, all! – TM