Scotch - Blended

Ballantine's Finest Blended Scotch Whisky

From: Scotland Liquor Review Category: Blended Scotch

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Tier 3
This is a Tier 3 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics recommended the spirit but it will be a value brand or have an exotic taste.
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Ballantine's Finest blended scotch is their flagship and introductory brand that does not carry an age statement but contains whisky aged at least 3 years or more.

George Ballantine and Sons began as a grocery store in 1827 that quickly moved to wine and spirits. While the family sold out in 1919 the label continued to grown and acquired several distilleries. Today, their scotch is mainly sourced from the distilleries of Balblair Distillery, Glenburgie Distillery, and Miltonduff Distillery and owned by Pernod-Ricard of France.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 7 ratings and 7 reviews.
Slàinte Mhath Slàinte Mhath (38) (2016-09-22)
Ballantine's Finest is a young, low-priced Blended Scotch Whisky that has a reasonable quality and is certainly drinkable on its own. One of the lead malts in this blend is Auchentoshan, giving Ballantine's a light, sweet and floral character. The nose is grainy with nuts, honey and maple syrup. Although it tastes slightly rough and immature, there is a pleasant burned sugar sweetness with a decent amount of sherry influence. The finish is quick, vague and definitely lacking intrinsic quality. Not a spectacular but acceptable blend that works well as a mixer. RATING: 2.3/5.0 ≙ 75 pts
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Irishman Irishman (271) (2014-08-16)
Three stars is about right for this. There is a touch of smoke on the back-end, but without a little water or ice, its not all that pleasant. Almost has a synthetic taste to it by itself. Very drinkable on the rocks at this price.
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andrey andrey (2) (2013-12-11)
It's drinkable and that's all. Very salt.
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StevenSauce StevenSauce (59) (2013-02-06)
2.7 stars stretch it with a bit of water and its not that bad, considering its low price a very solid blend.
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magezi magezi (55) (2012-03-08)
It's very good for standard blend. There's little bit of dirty smoke that I don't like, but otherwise it is best for the price for scotch blend.
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TheSippingLife TheSippingLife (110) (2011-11-18)
I\'m always hesitant to try scotch that\'s south of $20, and this is likely one of the best at or under $15. The bottle is certainly nice enough, but the impression a scotch gives at this price is that it may be a one-dimensional tongue-burner that merely apes the taste of scotch. I\'m rather glad to say that\'s not the case, and that this one is best enjoyed by rolling it around your mouth for a while before gulping each sip. If you just drink it, you\'re unlikely to get much out of this. However, if you take this one slowly, you\'ll get a surprising amount of dimension and flavor for your effort. The burn is minimal too. This is no contender for even the low-mid $20 blends like Johnnie Walker Black or Dewar\'s, but on a very tight budget it\'ll do.
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Phizbin Phizbin (204) (2011-07-09)
For $14, you cant complain much. No peat; bit of iodine on the tongue, short sharp finish. I would prefer bourbon if Im going to drink in this price range.
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