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Hankey Bannister 40-Year-Old, Blended Scotch Whisky (44.3%)

Hankey Bannister 40-Year-Old, Blended Scotch Whisky (44.3%)

Hankey Bannister | Code:  942653 | Scotch Whisky > Blended Whiskies | 44.3 % alcohol


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The Producer

Hankey Bannister

Hankey Bannister

Hankey Bannister is a blended whisky company founded in 1757 by Messrs. Beaumont Hankey and Hugh Bannister.

Their whiskies are produced with around 30% non-Islay malts, and are drawn from the distilleries of Pulteney, Balblair, Knockdhu, Speyburn and Balmenach.

Hankey Bannister 40 yo was voted the ‘World’s Best Scotch Blended Whisky’ at the 2008 World Whisky Awards. Hankey Bannister whiskies were also allegedly the blend of choice for Winston Churchill.

The Region

Blended Whiskies

Blended Whisky is made from a blend of whiskies from different distilleries. Ireland, Canada, Japan all produce blends, yet the most renown manifestation of this whisky type comes in the form of Blended Scotch Whisky. The term denotes a blend of one or more Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with one or more Single Grain Scotch Whiskies from different distilleries.

The typical proportion  is 60% grain to 40% malt. The degree of complexity and smoothness in the final blend depends on the percentage of malt. Each whisky used in the blending will normally have been matured for about 5 years, although many other longer-matured versions are also available on the market. 

The term should not be confused with Blended (formely known as Vatted) Malt Scotch Whisky, which comprises only Single Malt Scotch Whiskies (100% barley), which have been distilled at more than one distillery. 

The practice of blending Scots malts trace its origins back to the Victorian times. The original family-run distilleries did not have bottling facilities. They used to sell whole casks of whisky to bottlers, blenders and merchants who then combined the product of various distilleries, to craft a consistent "brand style". 

It is still true that a significant proportion of the malt whisky produced in Scotland is used in Blends, which constitute a large share of the market, although the recent trends in the whisky trade have brought Single Malts into prominence. Important style ambassadors include Bailie Nicole JarvieChivas RegalDewarsHaigWhyte & MackayBell's WhiskyCompass BoxThe Famous GrouseLangs,  Black&White (Buchanans)Cuttty SarkJohnnie WalkerStronachie

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