By Richard Thomas. @Eye-lah-Guy, you and me both, on both Ballantines Finest and on Clan MacGregor. I used to strongly dislike Ballantine's Finest, because I just did not like strong licorice flavours in my whisky. This has been a mistake on my part that I’m endeavouring to rectify. This is a blended whisky so you pay blended price for it (so not as much as a single malt). Nose: a little floral, chocolate-y with coffee, some lemon citrus, and some nutty flavours. I know it is cheap. Ballantine's Finest Blended Scotch Whisky. The 12 Year Old is the first step up for many a line of blended scotch, and so it is with Ballantine’s. @JohnnyNorfolk, thank you for your comments. I have to say that is appears to be even smoother than the 17 year. Maybe I should bury a bottle of Ardbeg in the garden for a quarter century - but by then I'll probably be completely gaga and assume I'm trying to grow a whisky tree. Slightly smoky, quite expressive. Unique and funky. I usually don't drink cheap blends, in afraid of what I brought would go to the toilet, but I found Ballatine's Finest seemed to be a better cheap blend among other big brands and Mr. Jim Murray gave it a 96 pts score, so I picked up a 200ml bottle in a convenience store and gave it a try. The nose offers young apples, vanilla, heather and quite a bit of smoke. Ballantine's Finest 1l in Toronto duty free shops. Required fields are marked *. Ballantine's Finest 1l in Toronto duty free airport shops. Maybe not. Despite enjoying it much more now, I still consider it to be unbalanced. @OdysseusUnbound this review style is one of the reasons why I've always enjoyed reading your critiques. Welcome to Liquor store ! View cocktails with Ballantine’s I had high hopes for it, and it is quite flavourful, but for me this just doesn't harmonise in a way that I enjoy. As a Whisky man I must say that I secretly enjoy it .. Balance: I really don't enjoy this whisky much at all. It is a little too light and floral for me to call it a big favourite, but it's complexity and drinkability are impressive. I like that it has a bit of everything there. Cheers, Ballantine’s Finest. These flavours just don't work well together for me, though. It's got a very light gold colour, almost yellow in the light of my room! So the taste will always be light and it should not be critisised for this in my opinion. Cheers. without your review this product scores an 81 which i think is a fairer score. After the Ballantines 1965, 1985 and 2008 I will now try a more recent bottling. Ballantines Finest. Ballantine's Finest is a smooth, satisfyingly modern blend, now picking up serious momentum in overseas markets under owners Chivas Brothers. SUMMER COCKTAILS. Finish: Rather short, coffee, chocolate and mango. Yes. Taste is a peculiar thing, and certainly individual. Review is accurate. Whisky Review: Ballantine’s Finest Blended Scotch Whisky. It may be that my experience/palate may not be on a par with yours but I always enjoy this whisky. Perfect for mixing to start the night. Finish: the finish is long and becomes sweeter with time. Best whiskey made. This is probably because of its “bottom shelf” price. I presume there’s a little more Laphroaig in here than in more recent versions. Ballantine's Finest Scotch is a real disappointment. By the way, I have absolutely nothing against the category of blended Scotch, per se, and think that malt snobbery is mostly the product of ignorance and narrow-mindedness. Ok, so I’m not convinced it’s worth > 90 points, but it’s a really good blend. Critics have scored this product 85 points. Rating: 2.0 (2017-03-23) [Updated Review] Ballantine's Finest Scotch is a real disappointment. The Whiskey Reviewer uses a letter-based rating system, instead of the numerical 100-grade rating system. I wouldnt buy a bottle for myself, at least until I've tasted one that comes across as an improvement. Slainté! Rich overall. Trong khi chỉ thêm vài chục nghìn là bạn đã có thể hữu rượu Ballantines Finest 1l giá là 400,000 VNĐ. Taste: this is sweeter in the mouth than in the nose. Cutty SarkLaunched in the midst of Prohibition, this blend was created to provide a lighter whisky, … Today, I’m trying an even older bottling. I picked up an almost antiseptic aroma, sterile and even bland. I taste Ballantines Finet 4 years ago and I don't remember very well the flavour of this blend. 40 year consumer 1.75. Johnnie Walker Red Label Johnnie Walker too gets its name from its founder, John Walker and started out as a grocery store in Kilmarnock, Scotland. The original flavor, complexity and refinement comes from more than 50 single malt flavors. Read all the reviews here. Smooth, sweet, and not too smoky (peaty). I also finally found a 17 year old. 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