Insider knowledge: Ballantines Finest whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Ballantines Finest whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Expressive, crisp barley sugars. Touch of wood smoke, toffee.
Palate: Rich and sweet. Barley and caramel, very gentle peat.
Finish: Soft and sweet, fudge.
If you are looking for a complete whisky - this is it. Consistent and robust, rich in aroma and nose. Balanced with just the right amount of peat and gentle smokiness, this blend has stood the test of time as a benchmark of steadfastness.
This is the one which makes you feel good.
This is the one i was drinking on my recent holiday.It is included in the all inclusive deal at the hotel.I drank it as a chaser along with a half of San Miguel beer.I had a very good holiday thank you.The bar staff were very very generous with the measures.it took six sips to finish just one drink.Excellent drink.
For the price point I don't know how much better you could do. It is really approachable, really easy on peat and smoke. A middle ground whiskey that everyone could enjoy if offered a glass.
A bit too sweetish. I find the taste to be a bit too simple. Might be good option for "non-whisky" guests maybe. But really can't even compare it with Laphroaig.
One of my favorites.Nice and sweet taste and ofcourse value for money.
I have A botle more than 40 years old
First impression was a little rough, a little woody, a little earthy, dominated by smokey tones. Added some water and some strong fruity notes escaped - blackberries? But still remains dry with a hint of caramel. Wouldn't recommend for those not familiar with whisky, but it you like slightly harsher taste of the peat and smoke then try it.
I was not very impressed with this. I know you can't expect too much from a blend at this price range but given the fact that it's can be £20+ in some places I was expecting something slightly more interesting than the likes of Teachers and Bells but (in my opinion) it isn't. It is very smooth and well balanced but it has a lot of that sort of rubbery flavour that you tend find in cheap blends and it has a slightly bitter finish. It's very similar to Whyte & Mackay Special which is my least favourite of the main 5 cheap blends so I don't think it's one I'll be buying again.
I have tasted a whole variety of Scotch Whiskeys, but everyday in and out Ballantines everyday is way above the market.
At this price it can't be beat! Delicious!
Everyone has different tastes but I recommend you ignore any negative reviews as you will not find a better blend for the money. Fantastic whisky.