Hankey Bannister & Co. was founded by Beaumont Hankey and Hugh Bannister in London in 1757. Little is knows about the company funders, they were extremely successful wine merchants with clientele including finest families in London.
In 1860 the Spirit Act was passed allowing grain and malt whiskies to be blended and the company soon joined the whisky trade. First reference to Hankey Bannister blend is dated 1882 but its initial formula remains a mystery. In 1988 Inver House Distillers purchased the brand from IDV. Inver House owns five malt distilleries: Balmenach, Speyburn, Balblair, Old Pulteney and Knockdhu we can assume that these whiskies currently play crucial role in the blend.
Nose: grainy, breakfast cereals, brown sugar, toffee, grapefruits, pepper, dash of ginger and green oak.
Palate: pretty sweet, caramel, toffee, vanilla, buttered toast, pepper, mixed dried herbs and delicate oaky bitterness.
Finish: not too long, with notes of cereals, caramel, cinnamon, pepper and oak.