Bailie Nicol Jarvie

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Bailie Nicol Jarvie (colloquially BNJ) is a brand of whisky blended by The Glenmorangie Company in Scotland. It is named after a character in Walter Scott's novel Rob Roy. It is a blended Scotch whisky, which has a good following in Scotland, but is relatively unknown in other parts of the world.

On the label it claims "The Bailie Nicol Jarvie we believe, boasts the highest malt content of any blended Scotch whisky".

The Bailie Nicol Jarvie was first blended by Nicol Anderson & Co, a Glasgow-based whisky company that was acquired by the whisky company Macdonald & Muir of Leith in 1921. The whisky was named after a character in Sir Walter Scott's renowned novel Rob Roy – a bailie (magistrate) who tackled a sword-wielding Highland clansman in an inn at Clachan of Aberfoyle,[1] setting fire to his kilt with a red-hot poker.[2] The blend was particularly popular in the early 20th century.

The brand was relaunched in 1994 by Glenmorangie plc (as Macdonald & Muir had been renamed). The composition of the blend was changed from the original recipe due to market forces. Single malts from the Highlands, Islay and Speyside are blended together with a grain whisky from Ayrshire.[3] In comparison, many blended whiskies contain between 20-40 single malts. The minimum maturation time in a cask is six years and the final BNJ whisky contains 60% single malt and 40% grain whisky.[3]

The English newspaper The Independent ranked it as one of the "Top 10 Best Scotch Whiskies".[4]

It is available in Australia through 'Dan Murphy' stores, imported by Woolworths.


  1. ^ "Scotland from the Roadside - Aberfoyle". Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  2. ^ "Rob Roy, Complete by Sir Walter Scott - Full Text Free Book (Part 7/10)". Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  3. ^ a b Dominic Roskrow (General Editor), 1001 Whiskies to Try Before You Die, London, 2012
  4. ^ "Bailie Nicol Jarvie An entirely different creature – light in style, clean". The Independent. 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2013-08-30.