WhiskyNet Insight: Hankey Bannister – a Blended Scotch Whisky Which Received a Royal Warrant from George V.

  • 20 Apr 2022 4:19 PM
WhiskyNet Insight: Hankey Bannister – a Blended Scotch Whisky Which Received a Royal Warrant from George V.
Meet Messrs. Hankey and Bannister. Theirs is a story of what happens when two remarkable men share an idea and follow it through with conviction and passion. They decided to make their own superior blended Scotch whisky and together they created a true aristocrat among whiskies, which has been enjoyed in society for over 250 years.

Their wine and spirits business was established at John Street in London’s West End in 1757. Mr. Beaumont Hankey was an affable socialite, his magnetic personality meant he was always the centre of attention, charming all those around him.

Mr. Hugh Bannister was a meticulous businessman, his astute and esteemed nature made him the perfect balance to Beaumont Hankey’s flamboyance. He was a man of substance, known for understated elegance.

In 1901 Hankey Bannister received its first Royal Warrant from George V which is a very prestigious recognition. In 1940 another Royal Warrant was received from George VI then extended for a further 10 years in 1950. In 1988 Hankey Bannister & Co was purchased by Inver House Distillers who owns the brand nowadays.

Celebrate Easter with Hankey

With Easter right around the corner, it could be nice to know all about the different flavours you can experience when fusing whisky with food. From the perfect pairing of Hankey Bannister 12 Years Old Regency blend with a babka cake to a complementary combination of some lighter whisky notes which accentuate the taste of an apple pie.


The Polish babka cake is renowned for its rich, firm and buttery taste with a delectable, marbled inside, filled with a variety of sweet additions and topped with sugar syrup, streusel or chocolate to suit your taste buds.

The sweet but buttery yeast of the bread is sublimely accentuated with a whisky that encompasses a well-balanced taste, with some sweet notes and a slightly smoky finish. If you plan to enjoy a babka cake, we think it pairs perfectly with Hankey Bannister 12 Years Old Regency. The soft vanilla undertones of the whisky effortlessly enhance the sweetness of the cake.


Hankey Bannister Original blend carries a light aroma with subtle spice. It will ideally accompany the fruit-filled flavours of the apple pie whilst the honeyed touches further compliment the overall taste of the pastry for a delightful taste.

To get the perfect blend of tastes, it is recommended to start with a sip of Hankey Bannister Original Blend to introduce your taste buds to the whisky and follow with a bite or two of the pie to enjoy the fusion of the flavours.


Like whisky, cheese has such a diverse range of flavours and aromas, so it's no wonder that they go so well together. Goats cheese, for example, is delicious but particularly when paired with Hankey Bannister Original Blend as the smooth and fruity flavours complement the creamy ness of the cheese.

When enjoying Hankey Bannister Heritage Blend, we highly recommend a slice or two of Gouda. The whisky's palate begins with the sweetness of dried fruits and develops into sour apples with a slight peatiness. The long finish acts as a great addition to the pleasant tang of the cheese.

Blue cheese is known for its robust and ripe taste, which means that it needs a powerful and full-bodied whisky to go with it. The sharp flavours of the cheese will perfectly compliment the rich and creaminess of Hankey Bannister, 25 Years Old, whilst the notes of spice found in the finish will allow you to enjoy both the whisky and cheese without undermining the strength of either.

Meet the Hankey Bannister Range

Hankey Bannister Original Blend (0,7l, 40%)

Sweet, spicy and incredibly smooth, there is a reason this unashamedly unpeated blend has been a favourite since Hankey Bannister started producing whisky.

Hankey Bannister Heritage Blend (0,7l, 46%)

Originally created in 1924, then it was reinvigorated for today’s discerning palettes. This delicious recreation has notes of honey, butterscotch and a hint of smoke, with a long complex finish.

Hankey Bannister 12 Years Old Regency (0,7l, 40%)

After 12 years maturing in American ex-bourbon casks, this excellent blend is expertly combined to create a sweet, soft vanilla and slightly smokey flavour. Pleasing to even the most discerning of tastes.

Don't feel like you have to limit matching the daring flavours of whisky and food to special occasions. They can be enjoyed at any time and only taste better when savoured in good company!

Hankey Bannister whiskys can be purchased from the webshop of WhiskyNet.

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