An updated botting of this classic blended Scotch whisky, thoroughly indulgent and fabulously delicious. A high proportion of the whiskies in the recipe have been matured in European oak casks, giving a nutty, dried fruit influence. Ballantine’s is renowned for smoothness, and this expression is an impeccable example.
Nose: Lively yet refined, the stone fruit, marmalade and liquorice notes jump from the glass. There’s some aromatic spice in there too, and even a whisper of wood smoke.
Palate: Sweeter and more intense on the palate, here honey comes through along with an abundance of apple, juicy orange and rich hedgerow fruits. A macadamia, pecan quality adds depth.
Finish: Dried fruits and more of that honey. The suggestion of wood smoke comes back here, too.
Overall: Smooth, complex and luxurious. A real treat of a dram.