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 is one of the world’s largest selling Scotch whiskies and receives its blueprint malt whiskies from Miltonduff and Glenburgie, and grain whiskies from Dumbarton.
George Ballantine established the brand in 1827 as a small grocery store in the city of Edinburgh as he slowly delved into the world of whisky, catering to wealthy clients. It wasn’t until George was joined by his sons, George II, Archibald and Daniel in the business until the Ballantine’s brand began to develop its first proprietary blends.
By this time, the business was moved to the city of Glasgow as it began to prosper and Ballantine’s blended Scotch whisky turned into a brand to be reckoned with. The Ballantine’s brand was bestowed with a Royal Warrant in 1895 by Queen Victoria, solidifying the Ballantine’s name into legend.
The iconic square bottle from Ballantine’s was released during Prohibition for whisky loving gentlemen to sneak home without being caught, and the tradition has continued ever since.
George Robertson, Ballantine’s Master Blender just after the Prohibition is credited with creating the Ballantine’s 17 Year Old as he was left with an excess of aged Scotch whiskies at his disposal after Prohibition ended. George Robertson also created the Ballantine’s 30 year old, another vintage and premium Ballantine’s blend.
Ballantine’s blends usually contain blueprint malt whiskies from Miltonduff and Glenburgie, while the grain whiskies typically come in from the Dumbarton distillery with some more malt and grain whiskies added to achieve the typical creamy Ballantine’s flavor profile.
Ballantine’s 17 Year Old blended Scotch whisky carries an alcohol strength of 40% ABV, the permissible limit for Scotch whiskies as specified by law although some bottlings with a 43% ABV strength have also been released in the past.
Gold Award for Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in the Liquid Gold Award category in 2014.
Winner of the World Whisky of the Year title in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in 2011.
Gold at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Blends: Aged 13-18 Years category in 2014.
Smooth with hints of vanilla sweetness, oak and smoke.
Creamy, with honey sweetness, vanilla and traces of smoke and licorice.
Smooth, long with a hint of spiciness.