Full-bodied, with creamy vanilla notes, this is one of the best blends available anywhere. A testament to the art of the master blender, and fiercely championed by Jim Murray. Whisky Bible Awards 2011: World Whisky of the Year; Whisky Bible Awards 2013: Scotch Whisky of the Year; 97.5 Points IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch
Enjoyable. I have to drink this interspersed with my favorite Glenlivet 18 because I could go through 5 bottles a month easy and that is 5000 bucks a year which is out of control. So I throw this into the mix. I will not add water or cubes to the Glen but with the Balllantine a few cubes go a long way.
- F.B., 15th Dec '13
One of the best blended I have ever taste..
- Barbarosse, 18th Oct '13
Jim is not wrong on this one. I love this for a daily dram, or to play a joke with snobbish malt-only non connaisseurs, as this really is a fantastic whisky that holds its own against almost all of the scottish products you can play against it
- Nick, 13th Dec '12
I bought a bottle of this on the strength of Jim Murray's review - our local supermarket were doing a deal on it so I thought I'd give it a whirl. I went back the next day and bought another.
This is a seriously good whisky which challenged all my perceptions about blends v singles.
You must try this.
- Ruaraidh, 22nd Nov '12
Reminds me Ballantise's Finest in many ways, but there is more density and depthness of flavour in 17 yo. Unfortunately the palate won't open up in the full glory, even with water. Like it's hiding something... Anyway, an excellent blend.
- Mikko, 22nd Nov '11
"Nose": Soft peat, Oriental tea, wet cedar. "Palate": Sweet peat, limes, green tea, turning to slight tangerine entwined with honey. Effervesence of lime Perrier and other citrus notes will delight the palate. Grain is sweet and very good. The palate is easy, rounded and displays a classic blended scotch style. Very mellow. "Finish": Flavors change up from mellow to give a little kick. Malty, oak laden, tangy sea salt, dries a little.
- Jason's Scotch Whisky Reviews, 6th Dec '10
Having loved Ballantine's as a blend for many years since the 1970's, this is the pinnacle of perfection. You don't need to an expert to taste and saver a great Scotch whisky. Well done Ballantine's.
- René Ramon, 31st Oct '10
- anonymous, 14th Oct '10
Guys, from the autumn on there will be another nice Ballantine's - 12YO Pure Malt edition !!!
- rico, 8th Aug '09
A really good one. Maybe Ballantine's should make up a pur malt expression?!?
- RG, 29th Jul '09
The best affordable BALLANTINE's and scottish blend probably. A must have. Forget the flat 12 y.o....you won't regret this one.
- Greg from Paris (a new whisky writer), 24th May '09
very beautiful scotch with mellow aromas, the 1st taste is smooth with soft flavours such as vanilla, then the heat of a great scotch hits you.perfect!
- c.j, 10th Feb '09
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