Ballantine’s Glenburgie 15 Year Old
By releasing a single malt whisky for the first time in their illustrious and rich history, Ballantine’s surprised Scotch whisky lovers all over the world. The Glenburgie single malt comes from the brand’s Glenburgie distillery and is one of the three single malts released by the brand, the other two being Glentauchers and Miltonduff.
The Ballantine’s brand was founded by George Ballantine in 1827 in the form of a small grocery store in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Through his grocery store, George Ballantine supplied whisky and other goods to his clients but noticed that the whisky trade was far more lucrative as a business.
He was joined by his sons, George II, Archibald, and Daniel in 1865 as they helped George Sr. expand their whisky business and take it to new heights. After George Sr. passed away in 1891, the Ballantine’s brand had established itself as a powerhouse in the world of whisky.
This reputation was solidified in 1895 in the form of a Royal Warrant from the court of Queen Victoria herself. The Ballantine’s Finest, the brand’s first and continuously available blend was first created in 1910, and has cemented its place in the hearts and minds of every whisky lover all over the world by rising to the rank of one of the world’s bestselling Scotch whiskies.
Over the years, the house of Ballantine’s was joined by a number of Master Blenders, all of whom have left an indelible mark on the history of the brand by blended some of their finest expressions. George Robertson, the very second Master Blender after George Ballantine Sr. helped create the Ballantine’s 17-Year-Old and the Ballantine’s 30-Year-Old, whereas another popular blend, the Ballantine’s 12-Year-Old was created by Jack Goudy.
The Ballantine’s range of single malts, Glenburgie, Glentauchers and Miltonduff, all carry an age statement of 15 years, and are aged in the finest American Oak barrels.
The Glenburgie Distillery, per the brand, is the whisky that forms the heart of the Ballantine’s blend and thus represents the true identity of what we all know as the quintessential Ballantine’s drink.
Being a single malt whisky, the maximum influence on the whisky is exercised by the region of Scotland it is distilled in, the type of barrel that was used to age it, and the number of years it has been aged for.
The Glenburgie Distillery, situated in Moray, which belongs to the Speyside region of Scotland, a region best known for its fruity and floral single malt whiskies. The Ballantine’s Glenburgie carries an age statement of 15 years, which is a very good age that guarantees a defined smoothness, and the use of the finest quality American Oak imparts a generous flavor to the drink.
The Ballantine’s 15-Year-Old carries an alcohol strength of 40% ABV, the permissible limit for all Scotch whiskies.
The Ballantine’s Glenburgie 15-Year-Old single malt has received commendation and awards for its quality such as;
Gold Outstanding at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in the Scotch Single Malt: Speyside category in 2018.
Silver at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Speyside Single Malts 13years -18 years category in 2018.
Ballantine’s Glenburgie 15 Year Old Tasting Notes
Sweet, with aromas of apples and black currant, and hints of sweet honey
Very well-rounded and long finish, with a hint of sweetness.
Creamy, smooth and velvety, fruity with flavors of sweet oranges
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Blended from more than 50 single malts (with particular emphasis on Miltonduff and Glenburgie) as well as 4 single grain whiskies. Ballantine's Finest is a smooth, satisfyingly modern blend, now picking up serious momentum in overseas markets under owners Chivas Brothers.
Ballantine's 12 Year Old
A perfectly balanced Scotch, Ballantines embodies the approachable style. With rich creaminess and hints of vanilla oak Ballantines 12 year old will leave you with its floral aroma long after you have finished it.
Ballantine's Purity / Signature Scotch
A rare and highly desirable limited edition release from Ballantine's. A blended malt whisky that was originally only available in Travel Retail, it's presented in a rather elegant teardrop shaped decanter. Its unique packaging reflects Scotland's purest ingredients. Its rare bottling provides whisky lovers with the ultimate gift for themselves or those they hold in esteem. The heritage of Ballantine's Scotch whisky can be traced back to the year 1827, when George Ballantine began supplying a selected range of Scotch whiskies to a distinguished clientele from a grocery store in Edinburgh. By 1869 George had expanded his business into Glasgow with his two sons. Trading now as 'George Ballantine & Son', his business started to export blended whisky to a worldwide market and fast became synonymous with high quality, smooth blended whiskies. In 1895 Queen Victoria awarded George Ballantine & Son a Royal Warrant - the ultimate endorsement of the company's prestigious reputation. In 1910 Ballantine's Finest was developed and became the company's primary export. The 1930’s brought the development of Ballantine's 30 Year Old and the brand enjoyed substantial export growth in the key international markets of the US, Europe and Asia. In 1938 the company received its Grant of Heraldic Arms, recognising George Ballantine & Son as an ‘incorporation noble on the Noblesse of Scotland'. This crest appears on every bottle of Ballantine's Scotch whisky to this day, featuring the Scottish flag and the four essential elements of whisky making - barley, water, a pot still and an oak cask. True to George Ballantine’s vision of creating whisky of the highest quality, Ballantine’s unique, elegant style is balanced and smooth, containing a complex blend of single malts and grain whiskies from the four renowned whisky regions of Scotland – Speyside, Highlands, Islay and the Lowlands.
Ballantine’s 17 years is a blended Scotch whisky, a blend of malt and grain whiskies with an age-statement of 17 years, making it the second oldest age-statement blend from the Ballantine’s core range.
Ballantine’s 30 Year Old
The Ballantine’s 30 is an excellent vintage blended Scotch whisky from one of the most iconic and enduring house of blended whisky in Scotland. It is the second most vintage expression from the Ballantine’s core range, and was developed by the second Master Blender in the brand’s 180-year history, George Robertson.
Ballantine's Serenity Scotch
Ballantine's Serenity is a blended Scotch produced as a part of the Ballantine's Sensations range for the Far East, created using only the finest ingredients to ensure each whisky has its own distinctive style. An exciting creation from one of Scotland's most distinguished Master Blenders, Ballantine's Serenity is a perfectly balanced whisky crafted to complement different moods on different occasions.
Ballantine’s Hard Fired
Ballantine’s Hard Fired is a blended Scotch whisky part of the core range of Ballantine’s. It is one of the newest additions to the Ballantine’s inventory and has been developed by Master Blender Sandy Hyslop.
Ballantine's Pure Malt Scotch
"The heritage of Ballantine's Scotch whisky can be traced back to the year 1827, when George Ballantine began supplying a selected range of Scotch whiskies to a distinguished clientele from a grocery store in Edinburgh. By 1869 George had expanded his business into Glasgow with his two sons. Trading now as 'George Ballantine & Son', his business started to export blended whisky to a worldwide market and fast became synonymous with high quality, smooth blended whiskies. In 1895 Queen Victoria awarded George Ballantine & Son a Royal Warrant - the ultimate endorsement of the company's prestigious reputation. In 1910 Ballantine's Finest was developed and became the company's primary export. The 1930’s brought the development of Ballantine's 30 Year Old and the brand enjoyed substantial export growth in the key international markets of the US, Europe and Asia. In 1938 the company received its Grant of Heraldic Arms, recognising George Ballantine & Son as an ‘incorporation noble on the Noblesse of Scotland'. This crest appears on every bottle of Ballantine's Scotch whisky to this day, featuring the Scottish flag and the four essential elements of whisky making - barley, water, a pot still and an oak cask. True to George Ballantine’s vision of creating whisky of the highest quality, Ballantine’s unique, elegant style is balanced and smooth, containing a complex blend of single malts and grain whiskies from the four renowned whisky regions of Scotland – Speyside, Highlands, Islay and the Lowlands."
Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky
“Stay true and excellence will always be your side.” These were the words of George Ballantine, a man who worked hard to create what can undoubtedly be called one of the greatest Scotch whisky blending brands of all time. The name ‘Ballantine’s is synonymous with everything that one can expect from Scotch whisky – great taste, sublime smoothness and finest quality. Ballantine’s is the second largest selling Scotch whisky brand worldwide, and the second largest selling Scotch in the entire European continent, truly a colossal feat.
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