List of products by brand Ballantine's
George Ballantine started his business at the age of only nineteen, to then pass on his experience as a mixer to his sons George II, Archibald and Daniel, as well as his nephew George III. All contributed to forging the undisputed reputation of their whiskey. In 1895, indeed, the Ballantine & Son received an award from Queen Victoria, the highest acknowledgment bearing witness to the prestige of the company. The first Blended of the Ballantine's family was the Finest, in 1910, which still stands as the oldest recipe of the current range of products. Almost 200,000 bottles of Finest are sold every day worldwide, demonstrating long-lasting quality.
The next mixer head was George Robertson, this time a stranger to the Ballantine family. Having inherited this task after the First World War and 13 years of prohibition, he found himself holding many barrels of aged whiskey. George Robertson created the first scotch aged 17 years (which still boasts the reputation of being the most renowned) and the prestigious Ballantine’s 30.
Jack Goudy continued our tradition of excellence with the 12-year-old blend. He also taught the craft to two future mixing heads, guaranteeing long life to the quality of Ballantine's products. Jack explained to his apprentices the importance of finding the best scotches and making them age in the best American oak barrels. Since then, every year new American oak barrels arrive, which guarantee the high quality and the usual taste.
Robert Hicks, a perfectionist in the world of whiskey, was the first talent to blossom thanks to Goudy's teachings. Before becoming head mixer, he worked with Jack for 24 years. His sense of smell for whiskeys was known to all.
Sandy Hyslop, current head mixer, as well as the second talent formed by Goudy, loves to introduce novelties in the Ballantine's house. Extremely prolific from the professional point of view, he is responsible for the inclusion of new whiskey flavors, such as those of Ballantine’s Brasil and Hard Fired. Sandy also added Ballantine’s 40, a product of which he is particularly proud, as well as the maximum expression of aged whiskey, within the range. Sandy, with his approach focused on continuous and first-person observation of the product (he scents about 250 samples every day) defines the direction of Ballantine’s.
Thanks to the influence of these five Ballantine's mixer heads it is today the Scotch whiskey n. 1 in Europe and n. 2 in the world. Currently, Ballantine's has the most complete range of aged and quality blended Scotch whiskeys in the world.
The Blended Scotch Whisky 30 Years Old by Ballantine’s is the result of the union of rare whiskeys aged at least 30 years, some of which come from distilleries that no longer exist today. Deep golden yellow in color, it opens to the nose with delicate fruity aromas including pear juice and peach, accompanied by notes of vanilla, honey and slight smoky hints. In the mouth it is complex and powerful, with floral and fruity scents that accompany a pleasantly long and spicy finish. Whiskey to be reserved for important occasions due to its exclusivity.
Glenburgie 15 Years Old by Ballantine's is a single malt Scotch whiskey aged for 15 years in American white oak barrels and bottled at 40% vol. This single malt is the heart of Ballantine's and is used to give sweetness and fruity notes. Beautiful opportunity from Ballantine's that allows us to deconstruct our blend by discovering which are the main single malts of this very famous product. The Glenburgie distillery was founded in 1829 near Forres by William Paul. In 1936 Hiram Walker acquired both Glenburgie and Miltonduff, which from that moment became two of the main single malts of the Ballantine’s. First of three releases for Ballantine's Single Malt Series.
Glentauchers 15 Years Old by Ballantine's is a single malt Scotch whiskey aged for 15 years in American white oak barrels and bottled at 40% vol. This single malt is delicate but spicy and with good persistence. The Glentauchers distillery was founded in 1829 by James Buchanan & Co. and since its inception the distillery was designed to provide quality single malts for blends, such as Black & White. In 1989 the Glentauchers also became part of the Ballantine's thanks to the acquisition of the distillery by Allied Distillers. Last of three releases for Ballantine's Single Malt Series.
Miltonduff 15 Years Old by Ballantine's is a single malt Scotch whiskey aged for 15 years in ex-bourbon barrels and bottled at 40% vol. This single malt is used to give the Ballantine's floral and spicy notes, and by tasting this special single malt we can fully appreciate them. No blend producer in the world has ever given this opportunity so far, that is to say to deconstruct a product to find out how it is done. It is formed by dozens of single malts and single grain, but the mainstay is formed by 3 single malts: Glenburgie, Glentauchers and Miltonduff. The same single malts that we can find in Ballantine's Single Malt Series.