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 21 Years Old by Ballantine’s is rich and intense, softly spicy. A voluptuous whiskey to celebrate special occasions. Its rich and spicy taste places it among the best whiskeys aged in European oak barrels. A warm blend of whiskeys aged at least 21 years with a truly amazing intense taste.