Ballantine's Finest Whisky
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Ballantine’s Finest is a blended Scotch whisky invented by Scottish greengrocer George Ballantine in 1827. Ballantine’s Finest is a standard, no-age-statement blended Scotch whisky from the core range of Ballantine’s whiskies. It is the oldest and continuously sold Ballantine’s blend and has been one of the most popular Scotch whiskies globally.

It has been the brand’s most well-performing whisky, both critically and commercially, largely being recognized as the second highest selling Scotch whisky in the world.

History of Ballantine’s Finest Whisky

George Ballantine established the Ballantine’s brand in 1827 when he ventured into the grocery business. His discovery of the lucrative nature of whisky selling inspired him to move his focus towards it, and soon the Ballantine’s brand was joined by George II, Archibald and Daniel, the founder’s three sons. George III, the founder George Ballantine’s Sr.’s grandson too joined the family business.

A few years after the death of George Ballantine Sr., the Royal Warrant was bestowed upon the Ballantine’s brand by Queen Victoria, foreshadowing the bright future that was in store for the house of Ballantine’s.

The very first proprietary blend from the house of Ballantine’s was developed in 1910, and was named Ballantine’s Finest. The expression has lived up to its name, conjuring an enormous loyalty among the world’s whisky drinking populace.

Ballantine’s Finest has carved a niche for itself in the world of whiskies, and continues to be their most popular blend. Among other popular Ballantine’s blend, Ballantine’s 15 year Scotch, Ballantine’s Hard Fired Scotch, Ballantine’s Black Malt Scotch are one of core ranges of the brand.

Making Process of Ballantine’s Finest Whisky

The Ballantine’s Finest, like all Ballantine’s blends is said to have a considerable proportion of the Glenburgie single malt, which the brand employs as the fingerprint whisky.

Other Ballantine’s distilleries such as Miltonduff and Glentauchers too contribute their malt whiskies for the blend, while the grain whiskies are supplied by the Strathclyde Distillery which replaced the Dumbarton Distillery as the brand’s producer of grain whiskies.

Alcohol Percentage of Ballantine’s Finest Whisky

Ballantine’s Finest carries an alcohol strength of 40% ABV, the permissible limit for Scotch whiskies.

Awards won by Ballantine’s Finest Whisky

Liquid Gold Award in the Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in 2014.

Gold medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Scotch Whisky: Blended category in 2014.

Silver Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Scotch Whisky: Deluxe Blend category in 2017.

Silver medal at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Blended: Standard category in 2015.

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Ballantine's Finest Whisky Tasting Notes

Nose

Soft, elegant aromas of honey and hints of spice.

Finish

Fresh, with a floral after-taste and traces of fudge.

Palate

Sweet, well balanced flavors of vanilla, red apple and chocolate.

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