Enjoy Ballantine's Responsibly

Enjoy Ballantine's Responsibly

"Be yourself, be authentic, be genuine and the stories that you live will deserve to be toasted"

George Ballantine

Blending was in George Ballantine’s nature. He started with tea as a lad, but moved to malts later when he found the ambition that comes with one's own self belief.

Tasting
Notes

Soft, sweet and complex.

Ballantine's Finest is a complex, refined & elegant blended Scotch whisky. It is regarded as the taste to satisfy a modern style.

The blend’s light gold colour and unmistakable taste come from a complex mix of carefully selected malt and grain whiskies — all aged for many a year in high quality casks.

Nose

Soft, elegant, heather honey aromas with a hint of spice.

Taste

Well balanced subtle flavours with tones of milk chocolate, red apple and vanilla.

Body

Rounded.

Character

Soft, sweet and complex.

Colour

A light gold.

Finish

The sophisticated after-taste gives a fresh, floral and rounded glow.

In 1883, George Ballantine could boast 20,000 of blended stock in bond, so he began to allow malts to age. Over the years a more discerning flavour was born - one that would make an outstanding mixer.

Tasting
Notes

HONEYED, WELL BALANCED AND CREAMY

Ballantine’s 12 Year Old is a rich, smooth and complex whisky, blended from specially selected single malt and grain whiskies.

Nose

Honey sweetness with a complex balance of oak and vanilla aromas.

Taste

Complex honey and floral flavours with a creamy oak sweetness in perfect balance.

Body

Creamy.

Character

Honeyed, balanced and creamy.

Colour

Bright honey gold.

Finish

Refreshing, long and sweet.

George Ballantine changed the whisky market by staying true to his integrity. A legacy that lives on - in 2011, Jim Murray named the definitive 17 year old ‘whisky of the year’

Tasting
Notes

Creamy, harmonious and oak-sweetness

FIRST BLENDED IN THE 1930'S, BALLANTINE'S 17 YEAR OLD IS A PRESTIGIOUS WHISKY THAT STAYS TRUE TO THE BALLANTINE'S FAMILY STYLE

Ballantine’s 17 year old displays all the flavours of Scotland, with a careful combination of malt and grain whiskies from all over Scotland.

Nose

Deep, balanced, elegant and smooth with hints of sweet vanilla, oak and a sensation of smoke.

Taste

Full and complex, vibrant honey sweetness and creamy vanilla flavours with hints of oak and spicy liquorice.

Body

Full, creamy, luscious.

Character

Creamy, harmonious & oak-sweetness.

Colour

Clear, golden amber.

Finish

Long, sweet and smooth with a hint of spice.

It takes conviction to allow malts to age, but the refined outcome of a matured whisky, such as Ballantine's 21, is something people will respect. In 1895, HRH Queen Victoria herself awarded Ballantine’s a Royal Warrant.

Tasting
Notes

RICH, COMPLEX AND SWEET WITH AROMATIC SPICE

The connoisseur’s blend of whisky, Ballantine’s 21 Year Old has supreme credentials.

A sparkling gold colour, floral nose and aromatic palate give it a delightful complexity. This sophisticated blend is a whisky to savour on special occasions.

Nose

Rich, honey-sweet with hints of apple and floral aromas.

Taste

Smooth, rich liquorice and aromatic spice flavours with traces of heather and smoke.

Body

Satin smooth.

Character

Rich, balanced and luxurious.

Colour

Sparkling red/gold.

Finish

Long and mellow with hints of dried fruits.

While other businesses focused on local distribution, George Ballantine traded across all borders. Now his Prestige blends, such as Ballantine's 30 Year Old, are legendary around the world, from Aberdeen to Asia.

Tasting
Notes

RICH, OAK-INFLUENCED & LINGERING

Ballantine’s 30 Year Old ranks as one of the world’s most exquisite blends.

With a deep gold colour, subtle sweet flavour on the nose and a complex palate of honey and vanilla, Ballantine’s 30 Year Old is an exceptional, rare and exclusive whisky.

Nose

Deep, soft fruity aromas and an elegant subtle sweetness with a luscious vanilla oakiness.

Taste

A full, rich complex balance of honey, floral and fruity flavours, with mellow notes of vanilla.

Body

Soft yet strong, confident and luscious.

Character

Full, balanced, rich and fruity.

Colour

Deep old gold.

Finish

Long-lasting and elegant.

Lord Lyon in 1938 granted Ballantine's heralding arms, a true badge of honour. Our shield, the Ballantine's crest, is on every Ballantine's bottle to this day and proudly emblazoned in gold on our 40 year old blend.

Tasting
Notes

INCREDIBLE DEPTH, COMPLEX AND EXTREMELY FRUITY

EACH WHISKY IN BALLANTINE'S 40 IS AT LEAST FORTY YEARS OLD, DRAWN FROM ENVIABLE STOCKS OF PRICELESS WHISKIES BUILT UP OVER MANY GENERATIONS.

A true reflection of the dedicated craftsmanship that epitomises George Ballantine. A perfectly balanced blend of high aged whiskies, Ballantine’s 40 will appeal to whisky connoisseurs as the most aspirational Scotch whisky in the world.

Nose

Bursting with rich flavours of ripe pears in syrup and fruitcake, with a background of cinnamon and root ginger.

Taste

Incredible depth. Multi-layers of rich toffee and sweet soft red apple.

Body

Sweet, velvety, luxurious.

Character

Opulent, fruity, incredibly smooth.

Colour

Deep and intense.

Finish

A delightful finish that lasts for a blissfully long time.

Sandy Hyslop is only the 5th master blender since George Ballantine’s time. With Ballantine’s Limited, he remains true to 180 years of precious expertise.

Tasting
Notes

Creamy soft and smooth

LIMITED is a very special blend of Ballantine’s rarest & most valuable malt & grain whiskies.

A very rare & exclusive whisky of the highest quality. Creamy soft & smooth, characterised by ripe pear & peach, combined with rich vanilla flavours, this is a whisky which honours the continued traditions established by George Ballantine.

Nose

An initial gentle rich sweetness & softness that develops into an effervescence that brings out autumnal flavours. Sweet fruity pear and orange flavours intertwine with smooth, creamy toffee, together with hints of liquorice and cloves.

Taste

The opening burst of flavour evolves into the complexity of luscious tastes that is the Ballantine’s hallmark – ripe pears, peaches and vanilla

Body

Creamy soft and smooth

Character

Incredibly complex, velvety smooth and creamy.

Colour

Rich Amber Gold

Finish

Long and mouth-watering.

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Make it your own

Improvise and express yourself to create a new experience. The true balance of Ballantine’s Finest and 12 blends make them outstanding mixers. Use the recipe categories below to start you on your way.

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