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Ballantines Scotch Whisky

The colour is golden with yellow highlights. The nose is surprisingly complex – barley, lime, apple, vanila and the softest hint of smoke. Water brings out more grainy cereal notes, like grist. In the mouth, creamy, floral, light but with continuing complexity. More vanilla, some oak and slightly spicy (cloves and nutmeg?) as well as sweet. That hint of smoke again. Even creamier on the palate with water, adding slight hints of milk chocolate. The finish is rather short but not in a bad way – gentle and soft with that hint of smoke carrying through. I think this is much better than it gets credit for. There is more complexity here than one would expect from a standard blend, but it could definitely use a little more heft. It is very Speysidey (apparently, two Speyside malts that are used and Miltonduff and Glenburgie, which is Ballantine’s spiritual home), but malts from all over Scotland are used. It is a little too light and floral for me to call it a big favourite, but it’s complexity and drinkability are impressive. You can’t go wrong with this.

  • Brands : Ballantines
  • Volume : 750ml
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