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Ballantines

In 1827, George Ballantine established a grocery store in Edinburgh. His products included a range of whiskies and spirits. George set up a new store in Glasgow in 1865, which he deemed a more profitable location. Whilst he appointed his son Archibald to run the Edinburgh operations. At this time George Ballantine began creating his own blends.

Sales were favourable and Ballantine employed another son, George Jr - thus, George Ballantine and Son Ltd came into being. They began exporting their products and the business went from strength to strength and remained under George Jr’s watchful eye until 1919 when Barclay and McKinlay acquired the business. It was from this point that Ballantine was really promoted as a viable brand.

In 1937, Hiram Walker Gooderham & Worts became the majority shareholder and subsequently purchased the Glenburgie and Miltonduff distilleries to provide a staple supply of whisky for their newly acquired blend brand. The company also built a substantial grain distillery at Dumbarton. Ballantines continued to prosper and in 1986 became the largest blended whisky label in Europe. It is the entry level Ballantines blend, ‘Finest’, that makes up 89% of their worldwide sales, which amount to 5.3million cases annually.

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Distillery Address

Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire

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A great 17 year old blend from Ballantines. This was Jim Murray's Scotch Blend of the Year for 2010! Really biscuity and thick.  More info
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$73.95
Ballantine's Finest
(70cl, 40%)
Ballantines Finest was Jim Murray's No Age Statement Blend of the Year with a whopping 96 points! A classic blend.  More info
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$35.55
This bottle of Ballantine's Seventeen Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky has been created to enhance the influence of Scapa in the blend to highlight this Orcadian component of this award-winning blend.  More info
$102.31
The 30 year old is a superb blend from Ballantines. It won a Gold at the International Spirits Challenge and Jim Murray gave it 92 points.  More info
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$615.65
A very collectible bottle of Ballantine's blended Scotch whisky from the 1970s. Tasty.  More info
$201.69
An extremely rare bottling of Ballantine's 30 Year Old Blend, bottled in the 1980s. Our sources tell us that they believe this beautiful piece was distilled in the 1950s, which is pretty...  More info
$806.76
An old bottling of Ballantine's 30 Year Old that's in good condition. It comes complete with a particularly smart lockable presentation box and key.  More info
$378.09
Balantine's Finest blended Scotch whisky received a Liquid Gold Award from Jim Murray in his 2014 Whisky Bible. A definite classic, even more so when it's an antique, like this bottle from the 1960s.  More info
$121.01
This is a very rare 1960s one quart bottle of Ballantines Blended Scotch Whisky. It is made with a high malt content from distilleries such as Miltonduff and Glenburgie.  More info
$161.35
This is an antique bottling of Ballantine's Finest Blended Scotch Whisky from the 1980's. Ballantine's remains popular to this day and this bottle would provide an fascinating insight into the blend...  More info
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$161.35
The 21 year old is a really refined blend. Ballantines base their whiskies around malt whisky from distilleries like Glenburgie and Miltonduff.  More info
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$142.36
The key ingredients in the Ballantines blends are Miltonduff and Glenburgie as well as whisky from around fifty other distilleries. This is a new 12 year old.  More info
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$52.39
Ballantine's Blended Scotch Whisky has been very popular with Jim Murray quite recently. This bottling of their 12 year old blend comes from the early 1980s and was made for the Italian market.  More info
$201.69

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