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Overall rating
75.60/100
votes
77
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
Barcode
5010106110225
Added on
17 Jan 2014 2:58 pm by Schmausel

Average value

€ 32.99

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Whisky Reviews for Ballantine's 12-year-old

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 75.60 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 80 points 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. martinni scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

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

  4. HunterRomario scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The smell of its style reminds a bit of sherry's influence, which I take as a plus. Pleasantly sweet, honey, some winds, fruit. Smooth and blended at the same time, full and strong. (82 b)
    • Taste
      The first impression on the tongue OK, but it starts to breathe a little. First delicately fruity honey, then rounded woodiness, nuts. The body is thinner. Sometimes a "metallic" impression, sometimes it even reminded me of licking the flat flash contacts. (80 b)

  5. jankes scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      75 75

  6. fileosoph scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  7. theendh scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  8. BeatF scored this whisky 78 points Moderator

    Too easy and then bitter finish, I used to judge this drop benevolent, today he does not convince me anymore. Are there any national resp. temporal differences in the bottlings? The former bottle was bought in Switzerland, the current one at a ridiculous price in a French shopping center. But probably the demands of the spoiled taste buds on the tongue rise just as the years go by ... And another supplement: Under http://www.whisky-monitor.com/index.jsp?tid=9 I have seen to my astonishment that exactly this drop is extremely volatile. And obviously our French friends are not supplied with the best quality!
    • Nose
      The first attack not very convincing.Then stinging nettle, malt, fruit bowl. Slightly thin. Marzipan, coconut.
    • Taste
      Nuts, some may say, some smoke, then honey and floral influences.
    • Finish
      Honey, vanilla, chocolate, orange peel, camphor, ashes from a still smoldering campfire.

  9. erogers scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Light and sweet, with a slight wisp of smoke on the palate and finish.  Pretty good, but I prefer a blended Scotch with more smoke characteristics, like Johnnie Walker Black Label.  Ballantine's 12 Year Old is, however, a very smooth and gentle blend...probably great for cocktails.
    • Nose
      Fruit, vanilla, and slight smoke.
    • Taste
      Nuts, oak wood, vanilla nougat, slight fruit, and wisps of smoke.
    • Finish
      Very smooth and short, with oak wood, crushed walnuts, spice, and slight smoke.

  10. drkrylov scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

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

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