Bank Note's famous blending expertise brought to Irish Whiskey.
A. D. Rattray has been an independent bottler of Whisky since 1868. Since those early times they have distributed dozens of classic malt Whisky brands and created a few of their own, sourced from the smaller boutique distilleries of Scotland. They are not only an independent distributor and bottler, they are also historians and keepers of the faith via their "Whisky Experience" facility in South Ayrshire. These days their house brands include the uniquely re-born and revitalized Stronachie, Cask Islay, Bank Note, and their famous Cask Collection series of specially sourced individual barrels of Scotland’s most famous Single Malts.
The Bank Note brand was created by James Sword & Sons in 1810. He crafted the original from his personal collection of Scotch Whiskies. The brand has been under the careful stewardship of A. D. Rattray and the Morrison Family, and it was only natural that the Bank Note line should be extended to include Irish Whiskey as well.
Bank Note 5 Year Old Blended Irish Whiskey is a rich blend of 40% premium Irish Single Malts and 60% Irish grain Whiskies. The blend is aged for five years in American oak and bottled at 43% ABV.
Day 1 of Advent Calendar promised great things to come. Wonderful nose on this Irish Whiskey. Marmalade with a touch oak. Over a rock of ice it was sweet & smooth. My style to sip in the evening. A definite add to my home bar.
Advent #1. Not for me. I’m not a huge fan of orange and that is the predominate smell and taste to me. I might get a little spice but it isn’t to my taste.
Smooth and sweet, solid irish whiskey. Good both warm and chilled.
Good first day to advent calendar. Fruity and could smell the marmalade. The oak knocked it down a star.
I really enjoyed this. Day 1 of my advent calendar, I let it breathe for a few minutes while cooking. Fruit-forward taste and nice smooth finish.
Smooth sweet taste, loved it
A lot of ethanol up front, but once it sat for a few minutes the nose settled into orange and vanilla. Mildly tannic, with notes of malt and golden syrup. The finish develops those flavors, with the orange taking on a more cooked character.
I have a habit of leaving my tasting glasses out to nose the next day, and that absolutely brought out the marmalade notes.
Overall not a bad whiskey by any means, but not one I would seek out. The character was pleasant, but not apparent enough.
Light in complexity, easy to sip. Warm going down with no distinct finish
Not a fan. Just bland
Day 1 advent. Really enjoyed this on to start off. I appreciate the malty flavor gently let you know it was there
Spicy, a nice finish, quality irish... somewhere between a 6 and a 7 for me
Mildly zesty. A tad on the metallic side but still good. Fair to drink straight.
A sweeter Irish whiskey than I'm used to, but pretty tasty and still has some of that traditional Irish finish. Definitely got the marmalade, but I found the finish to be a little more sugary than I'd normally like.
Sweet, smooth, water really opens it up. Nice to sip.
A little sweet, but good overall - pear was the most noticeable note to me.
It much in the nose. Definitely taste the orange. Opened up with a little additional water
Overall good whiskey, marmalade and oak really stood out to me.
Very tasty Irish whiskey. It is slightly sweeter than other traditional Irish whiskeys, but to me it enhanced the overall flavor.
Smooth, easy drinking, but nothing to write home about.
Approachable. Citrus spice and vanilla.
A little too sweet for my liking, missing a little bit of punch/age/distinction
Pleasant but not particularly complex. Not a very strong nose. Flavor was primarily oak and not overly complex. Better than that probably sounds, though. Got it with the Advent calendar, so I only tried it once neat. Wouldn’t mind having it around as a mixer with the occasional neat glass, as long as the price is right.
Spicy, nice flavor
Such a beautiful nose of citrus and vanilla. The mouth feel was smooth and silky. I'm not an Irish Whiskey drinker but I loved it.
Fairly light and not particularly complex, but still quite nice overall. Some initial sweetness followed by a little more bite than I was expecting. After a couple sips I nibbled on a piece of dark chocolate (because whiskey advent calendar for the grown-up in me + chocolate advent calendar for the kid in me = complete Christmastime happiness) and it really accentuated the orange marmalade sweetness up front as well as the malty finish, and it even tamed some of the bite.
Smooth, sweet & easy drinking. Not complex and no particularly unique features. Overall enjoyable but not one that I'd purchase.
Hint of malt and citrus, very light overall. A vanilla cookie pairs very well and smooths the rougher edges.
Simple, sweet, smooth. Just nice, but kinda plain. Would drink again if offered, but wouldn’t order it from a menu
Not bad , simple easy drinker, prefer a little more complexity, but it is only a 5 yr.
Not a huge fan of Irish Whiskey so this might not be the best start for me. Not super complex and not the best blend imho.
Nicely balanced and easy drinking - not harsh at all. I enjoyed the slight spicy note toward the end, but it could be a bit more complex.
Light and smooth. Hints of fruit on the palate.
I like the malty start, but the spice level was a little intense for me on the first sip. As you keep going, it really smooths out and the sweet, mingling flavors really start to shine.
This one had a simple mouthful but came alive in the finish. Liked the slight smokiness.
The scent is a punch in the face, but the first taste is surprisingly smooth. A really interesting mouth feel. Harsh in the back, then works it’s way up into a pleasant finish.
Smooth. Sweet. Nice blend. I would drink again.
Easy to sip. Pretty straightforward and not particularly interesting.
Sweet and malty. Would buy a bottle.
Nice citrus flavor, good to sip if you don’t typically like Irish whiskey and want to get more into them like me
Not a bad blend but probably shouldn't be used for more than a mixer.
Smooth, jammy blend, with vanilla backend and quality light noose—good start to Advent Calendar
Typically do not like Irish Whisky, this may have changed my mind.
A quick hit of marmalade, slight hint of pear to a brief oak and sweet, then spice. Third taste I picked up some citrus.
Spicy and sweet. Liked it.
Smooth with a smoky burn at the end. Good start to 2020 Advent calendar
Really lovely. I'm not a whiskey drinker but for Advent 2020 #1, I'm helping my spouse get through December. Now I'm trying to find a bottle of this stuff online!
Advent 2020 #1 - Extremely easy and smooth Irish Whiskey. I could get in trouble with a bottle of this on the back porch.
This is what you’d expect from Irish Whiskey- fruit, oak, and sweet. Good whiskey, not great.
A bit harsh which doesn’t allow much flavor. At best a hint of the marmalade
Agreed. Not overly impressed, which is who this was quicky made into an old fashioned :)
Good but not great. Prefer Jameson for an Irish whiskey
Advent calendar day 1 2020. This has high Ethanol on the nose. Once you get past the ethanol you can smell the orange. Taste is very spicy and hard pull out more than just pear for me. Maybe a hint of vanilla. Lingers a while after on the tongue as mostly a burn.
Advent 2020 #2: Good flavor, could be smoother (alcohol a bit strong)
Decent. Spices and vanilla in the nose. Some malt, oak, and sweetness. Not a long or memorable finish. Might be better in a cocktail.
Started out with a good fruity nose and palate. The more I nosed and sipped, the more the malt overtook the fruit. In the end, all I could taste was malt and grain with a little spice. Not impressed.
Smooth and slightly sweet, very drinkable.
Extremely smooth, drinkable whiskey that seems lower in alcohol than it is. Fairly simple, would make a good mixer.
Great range of flavors. A good mix of the smokey flavor usual to a traditional scotch whiskey with nice flavor notes of fruits and spices. This one surprised me to the upside
It’s a solid 8 1/2!!!
Nice taste. Not to strong
(Advent 2020 #1) Lovely throat coating warmth. Decent all around flavor on the sweeter side (nothing stand out too much).