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Overall rating
74.82/100
votes
114
Whiskybase ID
WB50909
Category
Blend
Bottler
George Ballantine & Son (GB&S)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Blue label below main label, square bottle
Bottle code
LKAA2632258 20:04
Barcode
5010106110225
Added on
17 Jan 2014 2:21 pm by Schmausel

Average value

€ 30.58

4 × in wishlist

114 × member ratings

235 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ballantine's 12-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 74.82 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 80 points Super Administrator

    Low expectations have the advantage of leaving room for pleasant surprises, as happened with this 12-year-old Ballantine's. The nose is 'Auchentoshan + X': floral, light and fragrant with notes of tinned fruits, marzipan and soft spices. Certainly not bad for a Blended Scotch! Heather honey, parsley and a spicy touch of oak dominate the palate, very 'smooth' although I hate to use the word. This whisky does not benefit from additional water. As with most blends, the finish doesn't linger and remains rather vague. Still, it is almost better than JW Black Label.

    RATING: 3.0/5.0 stars ≙ 80 pts → AVERAGE
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  2. mothers_finest did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    -Blindverkostung-
    Yes he is tasty; actually a whiskey that suits me in the taste actually, but in terms of intensity and alcohol, it is clearly too little ...

    The direction is right, and in cask strength that could really be a bang for the bug ?! 20P
    • Nose
      A light fruity nose, a bit of honey and vanilla, no more pungent - is not that strong. Here and there you could imagine some sweet oatmeal; So something fruity and malty. Not a bad nose, but without flashing me now. What I like but is this powdery sugar-like note, for example, have many independent bunnas from the Bourbon barrel. Here, however, this grade is far less pronounced. 22P
    • Taste
      On the palate, it is in any case less intense and spectacular than the olfactory bulb. He is very tasty, but for real enjoyment I miss a few percent of dynamite! A sweet Honigmalt, with a subtle smoky note, or a Nötchen, but it lacking in volume but clearly in volume and character. You can credit him for drinking as if he had 30% vol. But the question is, was not this candidate diluted too much ...? 21P
    • Finish
      We do not need to talk about leaving. He is virtually not present ...

      18P

  3. DistiLesha scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Water benefits
    N: 15 T: 19 F: 17 B: 24
    • Nose
      Mash smell, alcohol
    • Taste
      sweetness, prunes, casks bitterness, chili
    • Finish
      bitterness, pungency

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      75 75

  5. rpvdwel scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      70 70

  6. Kilo1 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Well-balanced blend, only for this price I would still prefer single malt whiskey.

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      70 70

  8. AdamsB scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    Another whiskey from Ballentines
    • Nose
      Honey, vanilla, apple, pear, oak,
    • Taste
      Honey, vanilla, apple, toffee, oak,
    • Finish
      Honey, vanilla, oak, orange

  9. Falnor scored this whisky 61 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      64 64
    • Taste
      60 60
    • Finish
      60 60

  10. martinni scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      76 76

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