Ballantine’s Finest is a blended Scotch whisky is the standard, no-age-statement expression from the core range of Ballantine’s whiskies. It is the oldest and continuously sold Ballantine’s blend and has been one of the most popular Scotch whiskies globally.
It has been the brand’s most well-performing whisky, both critically and commercially, largely being recognized as the second highest selling Scotch whisky in the world.
George Ballantine established the Ballantine’s brand in 1827 when he ventured into the grocery business. His discovery of the lucrative nature of whisky selling inspired him to move his focus towards it, and soon the Ballantine’s brand was joined by George II, Archibald and Daniel, the founder’s three sons. George III, the founder George Ballantine’s Sr.’s grandson too joined the family business.
A few years after the death of George Ballantine Sr., the Royal Warrant was bestowed upon the Ballantine’s brand by Queen Victoria, foreshadowing the bright future that was in store for the house of Ballantine’s.
The very first proprietary blend from the house of Ballantine’s was developed in 1910, and was named the Ballantine’s Finest. The expression has lived up to its name, conjuring an enormous loyalty among the world’s whisky drinking populace.
Ballantine’s Finest has carved a niche for itself in the world of whiskies, and continues to be their most popular blend. Among other popular Ballantine’s blend, Ballantine’s 15 year Scotch, Ballantine’s Hard Fired Scotch, Ballantine’s Black Malt Scotch are one of core ranges of the brand.
The Ballantine’s Finest, like all Ballantine’s blends is said to have a considerable proportion of the Glenburgie single malt, which the brand employs as the fingerprint whisky.
Other Ballantine’s distilleries such as Milton duff and Glentauchers too contribute their malt whiskies for the blend, while the grain whiskies are supplied by the Strathclyde Distillery which replaced the Dumbarton Distillery as the brand’s producer of grain whiskies.
Ballantine’s Finest carries an alcohol strength of 40% ABV, the permissible limit for Scotch whiskies.
Liquid Gold Award in the Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in 2014.
Gold medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Scotch Whisky: Blended category in 2014.
Silver Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Scotch Whisky: Deluxe Blend category in 2017.
Silver medal at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Blended: Standard category in 2015.
Silver medal at the Internation
Soft, elegant aromas of honey and hints of spice.
Sweet, well balanced flavors of vanilla, red apple and chocolate.
Fresh, with a floral after-taste and traces of fudge.