Ballantine'S Scotch Whiskey - Finest Blended Scotch Whiskey 750ml

3 ratings (3 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating: Excellent
5 stars
1
4 stars
2
3 stars
2 stars
1 star
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

Ballantines Finest Blended Scotch Whiskey

Sep 2, 2009 (Updated Oct 23, 2009)
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Great low price! Great for mixing, on ice or neat!

Cons:Not complex flavor profile, very sweet (will put some drinkers off)

The Bottom Line: An affordable blended scotch that is great to try if you are new to scotch.  Not offensive or too peaty.


A Little History
Ballantines Finest is the oldest in the product line of this Scottish blender of whisky. It all started back in 1827, where an enterprising gentleman, George Ballantine, opened up a grocery store and started selling some whisky (not his creation). Eventually, he let his son take over while he set up an establishment in Glasgow that did feature his own blends. Within his lifetime he was supplying the Royal Family. Ballantines Finest that you can drink today is based on a blending recipe from those days.Today, Ballantines is very popular in Europe and Asia. In addition, Ballantines Finest has won some awards. In the International Spirits Challenge: 2006 Gold; 2005 Silver; and in the International Wine and Spirit Competition: 2006 Silver; 2005 Bronze. That said, generally, serious connosieurs of scotch do not like this blend because they consider it rather uninteresting, boring, bland. More about such observations later.

Suggested Serving
This blended whisky is so gentle and sweet that the addition of ice, in order to mellow out any roughness or burn that is common with cheaply priced whiskies, is not necessary. However, if you like a little ice, I would suggest a single ice cube.

Nose
Floral, gentle, delicate fragrance. No peat whatsoever.

Palate
Gentle sweet spice, honey, fudge, cocoa and some milk chocolate and vanilla. Ever so slight hint of peat weaved into the spice. There is complexity of flavors. All of them are in balance, none are dominant over the other.

Finish
Smooth. No rough edges here. No burn or excess heat. Sugar cane and more spice with teensy weensy whisps of peat.

General Impressions
This is a cheaply priced blend that does not taste cheap. To my mind, "cheap" is to be equated with whiffs of strong alcohol followed by unadulterated alcohol on the palate that burns until a I swallow. Not a pleasant experience. Ballantines Finest is a step above. That being said, this is not the best blend on the market or in the upper end of blends. Nevertheless, this is an above average blend when compared to Bells, Johnnie Walker Red and others in this price range. The defects that prevent this blend from being a great one is due to a flavour profile that is a little too sweet to the point of being like corn syrup and overall the flavour profile, while interesting initially, soon can become boring for someone seeking intriguing flavours. For those who like a lot of peat notes in their scotch, Ballantines Finest will dissapoint. If you are new to the scotch world, this is a wonderful dram that will reel you in on a lifelong adventure. Nothing in it will offend you. If you are seeking an inexpensive scotch gift of above average quality, this is a fine purchase. If you are seeking a gift that will delight a scotch connosieur, look elsewhere. Personally, I enjoy scotch and enjoy this for what it is, a simple, gentle scotch for those nights when I want to unwind with something a little sweet and without peat.

If you enjoyed this scotch review, please feel free to browse more of mine at my blog:

http://jason-scotchreviews.blogspot.com/

Cheers!

© Jason Debly, 2009. All rights reserved.


Recommend this product? Yes


Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

8pcs Whiskey Scotch Whiskey Soapstone Ice Cube Rocks Cold Stone

8pcs Whiskey Scotch Whiskey Soapstone Ice Cube Rocks Cold Stone

NEW 8Pcs Whiskey Scotch Whiskey Soapstone Ice Cube Rocks Cold Stone Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Description : ...
eBay

$6.45

FREE Shipping
Ballantine's Beer - Moving in the Best Circles 12x18 Giclee On Canvas

Ballantine's Beer - Moving in the Best Circles 12x18 Giclee On Canvas

Ballantine's Beer - Moving in the Best Circles 12x18 Giclee On Canvas
Sears Marketplace
Dewars Scotch Whiskey Glass Rocks Snifters With Copper Logo Set Of 6

Dewars Scotch Whiskey Glass Rocks Snifters With Copper Logo Set Of 6

Up for auction is a new set of Dewars Scotch Whiskey snifter glasses.These wonderful barware items feature a shaped design with the iconic Dewars logo...
eBay

$36.00

+$8.70 shipping
Scotch Whiskey

Scotch Whiskey

VINTAGE WOOD PLANK SIGNS *** Personalized ***Introducing our NEW Poly-Arch Lithographic Signs with Handmade Reliefs Vintage Signs handmade from wood p...
Hillbilly Stills

$130.00

+$10.00 shipping
Ballantines Beer - Moving In The Best Circles 20x30 Poster

Ballantines Beer - Moving In The Best Circles 20x30 Poster

Ballantines Beer - Moving In The Best Circles 20x30 Poster Mfg Part#: 16471-9P2030 Vendor: Buyenlarge
Sears Marketplace
Set Of 6 Russian Cut Crystal Scotch/whiskey Glasses 330ml/11oz Hand Made

Set Of 6 Russian Cut Crystal Scotch/whiskey Glasses 330ml/11oz Hand Made

NEW SET of 6 Russian CUT Crystal Scotch/whiskey Glasses 330ml/11oz Hand Made 1. NO SALES TAX 2. LOW COST EXPEDITED SHIPPING FOR US BUYERS 3. WE ARE NO...
eBay

$94.26

FREE Shipping
Ballantine's Beer - Moving in the Best Circles 12x18 Giclee on canvas

Ballantine's Beer - Moving in the Best Circles 12x18 Giclee on canvas

Ballantine's Beer - Moving in the Best Circles 12x18 Giclee on canvas
Sears Marketplace
Bank Note Blended Scotch Whiskey 5 Year 1.00l

Bank Note Blended Scotch Whiskey 5 Year 1.00l

Bank Note is a premium 5yo Scotch Whisky offering the perfect blend of the finest malt whiskies (40%) from the Speyside and Highland regions, blended ...
International Wine Shop
Ballantines Beer - Moving in the Best Circles 20x30 poster

Ballantines Beer - Moving in the Best Circles 20x30 poster

Ballantines Beer - Moving in the Best Circles 20x30 poster
Sears Marketplace
Glencairn Scotch Whiskey Glass, Set Of 6

Glencairn Scotch Whiskey Glass, Set Of 6

Utilizing over 200 years of glass making knowledge, Stözle once again impresses all with this Glencairn whiskey glass. Winner of the 2006 Queen's Awar...
eBay

$39.99

+$3.00 shipping