By releasing a single malt whisky for the first time in their illustrious and rich history, Ballantine’s surprised Scotch whisky lovers all over the world. The Glenburgie single malt comes from the brand’s Glenburgie distillery and is one of the three single malts released by the brand, the other two being Glentauchers and Miltonduff.
The Ballantine’s brand was founded by George Ballantine in 1827 in the form of a small grocery store in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Through his grocery store, George Ballantine supplied whisky and other goods to his clients but noticed that the whisky trade was far more lucrative as a business.
He was joined by his sons, George II, Archibald, and Daniel in 1865 as they helped George Sr. expand their whisky business and take it to new heights. After George Sr. passed away in 1891, the Ballantine’s brand had established itself as a powerhouse in the world of whisky.
This reputation was solidified in 1895 in the form of a Royal Warrant from the court of Queen Victoria herself. The Ballantine’s Finest, the brand’s first and continuously available blend was first created in 1910, and has cemented its place in the hearts and minds of every whisky lover all over the world by rising to the rank of one of the world’s bestselling Scotch whiskies.
Over the years, the house of Ballantine’s was joined by a number of Master Blenders, all of whom have left an indelible mark on the history of the brand by blended some of their finest expressions. George Robertson, the very second Master Blender after George Ballantine Sr. helped create the Ballantine’s 17-Year-Old and the Ballantine’s 30-Year-Old, whereas another popular blend, the Ballantine’s 12-Year-Old was created by Jack Goudy.
The Ballantine’s range of single malts, Glenburgie, Glentauchers and Miltonduff, all carry an age statement of 15 years, and are aged in the finest American Oak barrels.
The Glenburgie Distillery, per the brand, is the whisky that forms the heart of the Ballantine’s blend and thus represents the true identity of what we all know as the quintessential Ballantine’s drink.
Being a single malt whisky, the maximum influence on the whisky is exercised by the region of Scotland it is distilled in, the type of barrel that was used to age it, and the number of years it has been aged for.
The Glenburgie Distillery, situated in Moray, which belongs to the Speyside region of Scotland, a region best known for its fruity and floral single malt whiskies. The Ballantine’s Glenburgie carries an age statement of 15 years, which is a very good age that guarantees a defined smoothness, and the use of the finest quality American Oak imparts a generous flavor to the drink.
The Ballantine’s 15-Year-Old carries an alcohol strength of 40% ABV, the permissible limit for all Scotch whiskies.
The Ballantine’s Glenburgie 15-Year-Old single malt has received commendation and awards for its quality such as;
Gold Outstanding at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in the Scotch Single Malt: Speyside category in 2018.
Silver at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Speyside Single Malts 13years -18 years category in 2018.
Sweet, with aromas of apples and black currant, and hints of sweet honey.
Creamy, smooth and velvety, fruity with flavors of sweet oranges
Very well-rounded and long finish, with a hint of sweetness.