“Stay true and excellence will always be by your side” are the words said by George Ballantine, the founder of eponymous whisky brand that has forever etched its name in history. Those are the words that the brand continues to live by, and it has helped Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky deliver a truly wonderful product to the world.
Here is a glimpse into the many milestones and important events on Ballantine’s journey towards becoming the world renowned brand that it is today;
– The founder of the brand, George Ballantine Sr. started his business in the form of a small grocery store in Edinburgh.
– George Ballantine Sr. successfully expanded his business to another establishment in Glasgow as his son, Archibald Ballantine joined him in the family business, later accompanied by George Jr. as business began to thrive.
– This was the year when Ballantine and Son were awarded the Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria herself, bestowing the brand with a mark of respect and recognition all over the world.
– The blend for Ballantine’s Finest, the brand’s oldest recipe and entry range Scotch whisky was developed in this year and the recipe remains unchanged to this day.
– Master blender, George Robertson successfully created the world renowned and award winning Ballantine’s 17-year-old and the Ballantine’s 30.
– Jack Goudy took the procedure of producing Ballantine’s blended Scotch Whisky forward by introducing a 12-year-old expression of the brand.
– Sandy Hyslop is the current blender and the second prodigies of the brand. With his skills, he has been successful in bringing new tastes for Ballantine.
The true Ballantine’s experience is encapsulated within the process of how this wonderful whisky is created. Here are the three important steps involved in the creation of Ballantine’s Finest, the original and unchanged whisky expression from the brand.
– Like all Scotch whiskies, Ballantine’s Finest is developed using malted barley and other grains, and fermented by action of yeast. The achieved product is then distilled to separate the water and alcohol.
– Matured in oak casks, this is the step where whiskies acquire their distinct characteristics such as tasting notes, finish, nose and color. Ballantine’s stores whiskies in oak casks for maturation for decades.
– Once the spirit has been matured for a required stretch of time, it is then blended to achieve the perfect result of smooth taste and rich finish. Since Ballantine’s is a blended Scotch whisky, this step is crucial in its creation. Once blended to perfection by the master blender, the whisky is then bottled, to be enjoyed by whisky lovers and connoisseurs of Ballantine’s all over the world. The iconic Ballantine’s square bottle was made such during Prohibition to make it easier for whisky lovers to conceal them within their briefcases. The label bears a Heraldic coat of arms that was granted to the brand in 1938.
Soft, elegant, heather honey aromas with a hint of spice.
A light gold.
The sophisticated after-taste gives a fresh, floral and rounded glow.
Well balanced subtle flavours with tones of milk chocolate, red apple and vanilla.