Passport blended whisky, creation of Seagram’s master bender Jim Lang, was introduced in 1965. The backbone of the original blend was Glen Keith and Strathisla.
Seagram was one of the major players on spirits’ market but did not have a standard blend to compete with global brands such as Johnnie Walker and Ballantine’s. Passport has never really threatened hegemony of the two mentioned above, however gained popularity in South America and Eastern Europe. In 2015 the brand sold a record of 1.7 million cases. Currently the Passport brand is owned by Pernod Ricard and is marketed by Chivas Bros. The current key components are Glen Keith, Braeval, Allt-a-Bhainne, Glenlivet and Glen Grant.
Nose: light and fresh, powdered sugar, sweet cereals, vanilla, lemon peel, apples, hints of hay and straw.
Palate: follows the nose, vanilla, cotton candy, honey, cooked apples and pears, lemon peel and delicate grassy and oaky notes.
Finish: pretty short, with notes of cereals, vanilla, mild spices, hints of hay and oak.