Ballantine’s is one of the third most sold Scotch whiskies, among Johnnie Walker Red Label and Grant’s Family Reserve. It’s available on every store and mostly also on different bottle sizes. Ballantine’s is worldwide 2nd most sold whisky but on Europe it’s the first. Sale volume is enormous, 200.000 bottles on every day on the year.
George Ballantine is the man who is behind the product and have gave a name also on it. He establish a food store at 1827 and it have put also on the foundation year of the whisky, even George only sold whiskies from other producer on the first 3 decades. It was not until 1865 that he began selling his own blended whisky, when he opened a new store at Glasgow. The sales number of his own blended whisky was increasing rapidly and his sons later continued producing and selling it and also exporting to other countries.
Ballantine’s Finest trademark was founded at 1910 and the recipe have been tried to keep the same from these days. Ballantine’s family sold the trademark after the 2nd world war to Canadian company. After that, it have been sold few times ahead until Pernod Ricard bought it at 2005. Ballantine’s Finest is a blend of over 50 single malt and 4 grain whiskies. The price for 50cl bottle was 9.49€ at Maksimarket.
Well balanced, light, average, dull. Nose is thin and light, lots of fruits, lightly oaky, honey and hint of vanilla. Taste is smooth, light, young. Fruits (apple and banana), some peanuts, hint of oak and peat. Aftertaste is short and sweet. There’s nothing which disturbs, Ballantine’s is very easy drinking whisky. No need to dilute it with water or ice, it’s enough smooth and light on it’s own. It’s a beginner whisky, taste is easy to approach. For drinks it’s quite light, it don’t give enough kick and whisky aroma. So it suits for those who do not enjoy alcohol taste on own mixings. Overall it’s very nice done blend, but on the other hand, it’s mass produced and very basic and average Scotch whisky.