New 40-year-old blend released for Hankey Bannister

Hankey Bannister 40 BottleInver House Distillers has released a new limited-edition 40-year-old expression of Hankey Bannister Blended Scotch Whisky.

Only 1,480 bottles of the whisky are being made available over a three-year period until 2015, with the first 500 coming in gilt-engraved decanters for selected markets and travel retail.

Master blender Stuart Harvey has brought together rare Highland malts and even rarer Lowland grain at the heart of the new blend which follows the success of Hankey Bannister’s first 40 Year Old release in 2007.

It includes an array of Highland malts that have been maturing in Spanish oak for over 40 years, including an extremely rare 1970 Spanish sherry hogshead and a 1967 Spanish sherry cask, contributing a very high malt content.

Dark copper-gold in appearance, Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old has comforting sweet vanilla and home-baked cake dough on the nose, with notes of butterscotch, spiced caramelised bananas, candied apricot and baked apples.

On the palate it is incredibly rich and complex: spicy and peppery with fruity notes of figs, dates and cinnamon and a subtle, lingering finish of autumn spices with sweet tinges of bitter chocolate and honeycomb toffee.

Hankey Bannister brand manager Lynne Buckley said: “It is an exquisite whisky that has surpassed our expectations and is delightful to taste and to look at, thanks to the dedication of our team in creating such striking packaging to reflect the quality and rarity of the whisky inside each limited-edition box.”

Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old is bottled at natural cask strength of 44.3% and is not chill-filtered

Hankey Bannister takes its name from the wine and spirits business founded in 1757 by Beaumont Hankey and Hugh Bannister. The core Hankey Bannister is a smooth and complex blend of premium Scotch whiskies which were awarded royal warrants under King George V and Edward VII and were enjoyed by the likes of Winston Churchill and the Prince Regent William IV.

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