"Better than Johnny Walker Black Label, Chivas, Dewars..."
Bank Note is a premium 5 year old Scotch Whisky offering the perfect mix of the finest malt whiskies (40%) from the Speyside and Highland regions, blended expertly together with the purest grain whisky (60%) from the Lowlands of Scotland.
Slowly matured in oak casks to produce a mellow taste with sweet richness and good depth of flavour, its appeal is timeless and, like other classic whiskies, is as relevant today as it was over one hundred and fifty years ago.
Bottled at 43% ABV it is presented in distinctive packaging designed to reflect the original branding from one hundred and fifty years ago.
Colour: Golden with brilliant clarity.
Nose: Clean, crisp aroma, hints of vanilla.
Palate: Mellow on the taste with sweet richness and depth of flavour.
Finish: Clean on the palate with lingering sweetness.
See Ralfy's review here: 83 points Blend Mark "The best 5 year old blend I've tasted in a long time"
Another independent review, Diving For Pearls: 86 points
Color -- Rich gold
Nose -- At first, there's yeast with a tiny bit of sherry and brandy. Give it a few minutes and a seaside boat dock note floats up (motor smoke and seaweed). Some more time yields a citrus prickle as well as some savory hints.
Palate -- Lots of butter and milk chocolate. A Bowmore-ish peat develops over time, as does some Pale Ale-type bitterness. Young malt and young grains are present though far in the background. Burnt bread and a little more bitterness appear after an hour.
Finish -- Vanilla, brown sugar, a little peat, and buttered white bread linger for an impressive length considering the whisky's age and strength.
Sometimes, I just want to dump some whisky in a tumbler, not measuring out exacting pours in a Glencairn glass. Bank Note works exceptionally well in that category. It also holds up decently for a proper nosing and tasting. It makes for a good whisky & soda, as some of the peat even sticks around through that. I also assembled an Old Fashioned with it, using lemon rather than orange. Turned out to be a very refreshing summer-appropriate drink.
I'm drinking this all sorts of ways and it's still working. In fact this bottle is going faster than any other of recent memory. The peat didn't show up upon the first couple of pours, but after a week or so, there it was. And even though it's a youngster, I recommend giving it a few minutes in the glass.
Bank Note delivers. For a blend at its price, I've yet to find an equal.
Nose: Peach (indicating mild sherry), some brash young grain. Somewhat lemony, but otherwise standard cereal notes. Light and inoffensive.
Palate: Mid-creamy body. Nougat. Lemon gummy candies. Cocoa nibs. Very mild tongue burn.
Finish: On the short side. Caramel and freshly-baked bread. The lemon notes turn a little bitter – like lemon pith.
With Water: Reveals some vanilla in the nose, thins the body, and washes out some of the more interesting flavors. Perhaps more citrus on the finish, but I wouldn’t bother.
Overall: It’s certainly not bad. Compared to every other $20/liter blended scotch, it stands far above the competition. It lacks a substantial aroma, but presents a pleasantly sweet array of notes on the tongue, and does not reveal any of the off-flavors I usually get with young grain. The finish is, like the nose, unremarkable. I would still prefer Great King Street if I had only one blend, which is altogether more elegant and more balanced, but it’s also more than twice the price. I recommend this over Johnnie Walker Black Label, Chivas, Dewars, or any other sub-$40 blend. If this product remains available for this price, it will become my standard cheap blend. A rare example, these days, of whisky sold for a price below its value. If you need something cheap to get your wallet through the price increases we’re seeing lately, look no further.
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