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Ballantine's 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

Ballantine's 12 Year Old

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Ballantine's 12 YO Bottling Note

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.

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Master of Malt Blended

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Fruit salad and sherry, mixed nuts.

Palate: Rather creamy. Mochaccino and buttery pastry, spice.

Finish: Gentle, spice and fruitcake.

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Ballantine's 12 Year Old Reviews

Well Worth The Money

It's quite easy to drink and easy to like, perfect for everyday drinking or for guests, for the price range it is incredibly smooth and with a great, oily mouthfeel, it is quite tasty and decently complex but it doesn't overwhelm the drinker. It clearly outclasses Chivas 12, and the choice between this and Jw Black is completely up to whether you want smoky or fruity and smooth.

16th August 2021

Offf sikesin işte kafayı güzel yaptı a.k.

O la la!

8th June 2020

"A go to"

I bought my first bottle of this today, JW Black has been my go to whisky for a long time and I wanted to try something else in similar price range.

I was impressed how smooth this whisky is, no harsh notes and the richness of the flavours is there.

3rd April 2020

Delicious AF.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Easily drinkable. Much better than the Ballantine's Finest which was unpleasant for me. Ballantine's 12 feels like a mellowed down Talisker 10 sans the smoke. It contains some delicious soft fruits. I got it with 40% ABV.

9th March 2020

Great blend, well balanced.

Sherry, malt, smoke and grain all work there in harmony. If you can spot the bottle around, try it.

9th September 2019

Quality blended Whisky

Intense honey and vanilla with hints of coffee spice and sherry i think i found a new favorite blend :D good bye chivas and johnnie walker black label.

23rd May 2019

Honey and creamy, a great Blend.

Beautifully rich notes of honey and a bit of caramel. Kind of creamy and with a bit of a final bite at the end. Absolutely a step up from the Ballantine's Finest.

12th May 2019

Just read the review again !

A very well balanced whiskey with a refinement unique to the Ballentine's range. Very very good. All class !!!

17th April 2019

It is a beautiful whisky.

Normally I hate drinking whisky by adding ice onto it as I believe cold suppresses the aromas and taste in the palate would be masked. But with Ballantines 12 years ice clears up the nose and it becomes more pleasant in the palate. It has sweet and fruity taste but it looks like it contains a lot of grain whiskies as well in the blend. However 12 years softens the negative sides of the whisky and ameliorates nose and taste a great deal.

30th March 2019

Reasonable for the price. Won't blow your socks off.

Can we just get something straight here?
"King of Whisky"
"Best Whisky ever"
"Utter Garbage!"
Get a grip guys. You're making fools of yourselves.
I have tried (on several occasions), The "Finest" (why call it that? It doesn't make any sense!), The 12, 15 and 17. If there is a 21 I haven't seen it, or can't remember seeing it on sale. I think in order to properly assess all the others, it is wise to try the 17 year old first and work your way down, noting which compromises have been made to achieve a price-point. Ballantine's is not the most flavourful or challenging whisky out there, but the blenders have done a good job of both developing and retaining a house style throughout the range which doesn't taste like much else and is a lot more consistent that JW. The "Finest" (Argh!) is, well...affordable and it shows in having little body or aftertaste but most importantly, there is nothing offensive about it. It is perfectly acceptable. The 17 is unctious; lemony, oily, sophisticated....if you are preapred to give this some attention. The 15 is...well I can't remember very well because I haven't bought it much. It doesn't have the class of the 17 and it is right at the price where you can start getting some pretty serious (if young) single malt for not a lot more money.
As for the 12; I have no problem with grain whisky making itself known in a dram. I like that "honest kick" which reminds you you're drinking what the Americans call "hard liquor". Surrounding the grain alcohol taste is sweetness, some barley-sugar sweetness, a bit of lemon and even liqourice if I'm being kind and a dry, almost sleazy aftertaste which I find quite stimulating. Right at the end, there is an oily residue and a hint of orange.
Is it the best whisky in the world?
Is it the best at its price-point?
Probably not. I have a soft spot for Dewars myself.
But put this beside practically any vodka, Jim Beam or "lifestyle drink" like Archers or the myriad other products you see in your local supermarket and it is clear that somebody is at least making the effort. If it was just a touch richer, had a bit more body, I would buy this more often. I suspect that Ballantine's have hamstrung themselves slightly by insisting on an age statement, forcing them to use too much grain alcohol. Ditching the age statement and adding a generous amount of a young, obscure, cask-strength single malt, then bumping up the ABV to 45% would make a huge difference.

28th December 2018

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