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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.

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

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

Humdrum blend, much overpriced, look elsewhere

Not impressed. It is richer in taste than the standard Ballantine's, but compared to a single malt, this blended 12 year old comes across as too sweet, too rough and with the alcohol being too obvious. There are some creamy notes to it, like others have said, and a slightly nutty aftertaste, but the main body is mostly tasting like a cheap 5 year old no-name whisky. The blend is acceptable, but it is overpriced for what it is. Life is too short for bad whisky, spend your money elsewhere.

4th August 2018

Not good...

Simple flavour.No dimensions.Didn't grab me.Some 8 y.o. blends are better than this.Smell: good-Taste: bad.I'm disappointed.

20th January 2018

Много тъжно!?

Този вече е спрян...
Имам новия от 2015г.
Обичах го и пазя 20 бутилки в колекцията...

2nd October 2017

Spot the real taste like whiskey

A fine unadulterated original whiskey.
Real value

11th August 2017

Quite A good whisky

one of the best

10th February 2017

trying for first time

regular user of black label johnny walker

19th November 2016

Good whisky

Excellent whisky

10th September 2016



31st August 2016


I really like it so much

1st August 2016

Culebra island, Puerto Rico

Nice touch in your mouth. Delicate to the nose. Great taste. A most with a Caribbean sunset.

19th August 2015

Ballantines 12 yr old in Poland

Bad wodka, lots of sugar and burned caramel. That's what Ballantines 12 yr old whisky is overhere. Bought in an official alcohol store in Gorzów wlkp, Poland. Ca'nt believe that the distillery has something to do with this. 42 Euro's I payed for a worth of cheap 7 euro wodka.

6th July 2015

Worth the journey

Enjoyable and easy everyday scotch. smoother than it's younger brother it has pleasant vanilla tones, honey, butterscotch and toffee aroma. Sweetness but balanced and medium aftertaste...savour the taste, it's well worth it

2nd July 2015

$42.73 ?

It's an OK scotch for $22, but not 42.73

26th January 2015


Just buy it.

6th July 2014

one of the best blends

umm, so delicious

12th April 2014

good and cheap

Excelent for the price. I cant drink Ballantines Finest but this one is a very smooth and flavoured. To me, Chivas 12, Old Parr, JW Double Black and this one are the best affordable blends.

3rd February 2014

Nice and Fresh!

This one is one of the best moderately priced blends on the market. It has a light and fresh taste like an Islay. It has a good bit of smoke. Great!

1st February 2014

A wonderful blend

I normally lean towards smokier whiskies, but this is one of my very favourite blends anyway. Creamy, but not sickly sweet. Complex enough but still easy to sip. Very nice package!

9th January 2014

Solid blend

Fruity, grassy, and a little spicy. Only vague hints of smoke. Not overly sweet, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Medium body, medium finish. All in all, an interesting blend on the "refreshing" side of Scotch whiskies. In my opinion, a lot better than the entry-level Ballantine's. Compared to JW Black (my personal reference blend), it's lighter, but not necessarily worse.

1st October 2013

Probably the best whisky ever

Excellent taste and excellent price

30th July 2013



15th April 2013

Too good to be real

Palate description of by the MoM is spot on! Delicious!

22nd March 2013

My best 'drinking' whisky

Vastly underrated and certainly unpretentious this is a wonderful whisky to drink anytime without ceremony. Fabulously smooth!

12th August 2011

Best I have ever tasted!

It's a good to enjoy the real taste of Whisky!
Smoth, perfect and effordable.


21st February 2011

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