The Ballantine’s 30 is an excellent vintage blended Scotch whisky from one of the most iconic and enduring house of blended whisky in Scotland. It is the second most vintage expression from the Ballantine’s core range, and was developed by the second Master Blender in the brand’s 180-year history, George Robertson.
Ballantine’s Scotch whiskies are highly popular worldwide, and it was the highest selling Scotch whisky in Europe, and the second highest selling Scotch whisky worldwide according to a study conducted by the IWSR in 2015.
The rich history of the Ballantine’s brand dates back to 1827 when George Ballantine ventured into the grocery business as a young man. He soon began to lean towards supplying whisky to his influential clientele, and the success of his business prompted his sons to join him.
George II, Archibald and Daniel Ballantine joined their father in the family business, followed by George’s grandson, George III. The booming business and prosperity resulted in the Ballantine’s earning a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria in 1895.
The Ballantine’s Finest, one of their oldest and beloved no-age-statement blends was first developed in 1910. Over the years, more and more blends were added to the Ballantine’s core range as the brand grew in stature and their success allowed them to purchase the Miltonduff and Glenburgie Distilleries in order to meet the demands of their overwhelming sales. A mammoth grain distillery at Dumbarton was also constructed in order to supply the grain whiskies required for the Ballantine’s blends.
The Ballantine’s 30 Year Old was created by Master Blender George Robertson, the man tasked with taking the legacy of the brand to new heights. George Robertson also created another iconic Ballantine’s expression, the Ballantine’s 17 Year Old.
Finding himself in possession of a surplus of matured whisky after the end of World War I, George Robertson created two sensational vintage Ballantine’s expressions that have withstood the test of time banking on the merits of their superior quality alone.
Ballantine’s whiskies are known to contain malt whiskies from Miltonduff and Glenburgie as blueprint whiskies, whereas their grain whisky, earlier churned out by Dumbarton, is now procured from their bigger Strathclyde Distillery in Glasgow.
Other rare and vintage whiskies are added to the Ballantine’s 30 blend, some from ‘ghost distilleries’, which are distilleries that are no longer functional. It is one of the most premium and coveted blends from the Ballantine’s inventory, and has also been the recipient of a string of awards over the years.
The Ballantine’s 30 carries an alcohol strength of 40% ABV, the permissible limit for Scotch whiskies.
Gold Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Scotch Whisky: Deluxe Blend category in 2018.
Master Award at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Blends Aged 19-30 Years category in 2015.
Master Award at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Blends Aged 19-30 Years category in 2014.
Gold medal at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Blends Aged 19-30 Years category in 2013.
Silver medal at The Scotch Whisky Masters in the Blends Aged 19-30 Years in 2018.
Silver Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Scotch Whisky: Deluxe Blend category in 2017.
Silver Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Scotch Whisky: Deluxe Blend category in 2014.
Silver at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Scotch Whisky: Deluxe Blend category in 2013.
Deep, fruity followed by sweet, vanilla aromas and some oakiness.
Complex, and well-balanced with flavors of honey, fruit and floral notes of vanilla blending together perfectly.
Long, with just a hint of spice.