Drink Review: Ballantine’s Finest

October 6, 2020
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Blended from more than 50 single malts (with particular emphasis on Miltonduff and Glenburgie) as well as 4 single grain whiskies. Ballantine’s Finest is a smooth, satisfyingly modern blend, now picking up serious momentum in overseas markets under owners Chivas Brothers.

Ballantine’s Finest Review:

Nose: A blend with a light malt character, full of pineapple, chilli, hints of candy-shop banana candy flavouring. Character carries through to the taste, with sweet honey leading the way before a pepper, spice and freshly cut grass combination takes over. Delicious smoke actives itself late in the game.

Palate: A satisfying kick of spice right from the off. Malt and pipe tobacco flavours are all there, a little grass.

Finish: Dry and refreshing, a little smoke, ginger.


Ballantines Scotch Whisky Review by Karr:

Nose: Gentle malt with caramel. Fresh and slightly malty, biscuit, some nuts, light floral notes

Palate: Gentle malty and fruity, with a touch of baked apple. Some leather, bitter chocolate and tobacco in the center.

Finish: Smooth and gentle, candied pineapple, mint, spices slowly fade over time


Ballantines Scotch Whisky Review by James:

Nose: Tropical fruit, smoke, spicy honeycomb and pepper.

Palate: Smoke, clove, pepper, and honey.

Finish: Caramel, toffee, nuts and honeycomb with a hit of salt, spices fading slowly.


Ballantines Scotch Whisky Review by: The Hoptologist

Nose: Light toffee, graham cracker, and hints of smoky peat. Yup, this is a nice one!

Palate: Sweet malty flavor mixed with a good amount of smoke. Fresh earthy mushroom notes come up.

Finish: The finish is surprisingly long for a bottle this cheap. Some spices linger long after I’ve drank it all.

Ballantines Scotch Whisky Review by: David

 Palate: A very nice sherry sweetness with a nice oily finish.

 Palate: Nice honey and Oily finish.

Palate: nice smoky spicy finish but a bit too much alcohol for me.

This Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky comes from the Ballentine Blending Company that was founded in 1790 by Peter Ballantine.


Ballantine’s Finest Review:


Nose: Cinnamon and a touch of smoke and briny dried fish. A relatively new blend, but this one shows much promise.


Palate: Sweet, malty, with a faint hint of smoke. One of the best blends we’ve tried and it won’t break the bank. Interestingly, this one even beats out the venerable Famous Grouse.


Smoothness: Medium-plus


Finish: This is one of those blends that us almost too good to be true, especially for the price


Visit Ballantine’s Official website by clicking here, and find out for yourself why Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky is growing in both popularity and quality.


Ballantines Scotch Whisky Review by Karr:

Nose: Sweet citrus, hint of lemon zest, hint of green apple, licorice, wet straw, some peat, salt, a little smoke, a hint of cinnamon and a little buttery cake.


Palate: Smooth, malty, sweet and it has some chocolate. Hints of smoke, some pepper and a bit of ginger.


Finish: Oily, some citrus, a hint of smoke and a hint of ginger. The finish is not as long as other blends, but it has a nice smooth mouth feel.


Ballantines Scotch Whisky Review by James:

Nose: Malt, caramel, brown sugar, spice and light smoke.

Palate: Very smooth, the sweetest of all the blends that we tried, with a hint of smoke.

Smoothness: Medium

Finish: Peanut butter, honey, lemon and spice.


Ballantine’s Finest Review by: David:

Nose: Fairly muted, balanced, with sweet caramel, light smoke, a gentle character. The nose is light and lacks spice.

Palate: It is a little silkier than the whiskeys reviewed above, like a lighter version of the Famous Grouse, but a little more elegant.

Smoothness: Medium

Finish: Hints of nutmeg, gentle and long. With a little tingle of spice.


Ballantine’s Finest Review:

Nose: Cola, toffee, raisins, brown sugar, very sweet and only fairly interesting.

Palate: Raspberries, a little mysterious, especially with the oak. Again, soft and substantial.

Smoothness: Medium

Finish: Toffee, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, a little hint of honey, a little spicy, but not much.


Ballantine’s Finest Review:

Nose: A bit of smoke, some nuts and caramel.

Palate: Lemons, some smoke and some kind of nut.

Smoothness: Medium

Finish: Very smooth, gentle, it goes on for a little longer than in the other blends.


Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky Review by The Hoptologist:

Nose: A bit of nuts, a little bit of smoke and a hint of apples.

Palate: Just a little smoke and spice with some hints of herbal sweetness.

Finish: Some smoke and caramel.


Ballantines Scotch Whisky Review by: David:

Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky Review:

Nose: Apple, pear and nectar.

Palate: Vanilla, fruit and sherry.

Smoothness: Medium

Finish: Subtle sherry and fruit.


Ballantines Scotch Whisky Review by The Hoptologist:

Nose: Salt, chocolate and coffee. There are some hints of smoke but they fade over time.

Palate: Salt, coffee and chocolate.

Finish: Salt, coffee, chocolate, toffee. Pick up a hint of ginger with time.

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