Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
George Ballantine & Son (GB&S)
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
31 Jan 2014 4:22 pm by BeatF

Average value

€ 18.07

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333 × member ratings

752 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ballantine's Finest

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 65.92 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 65 points Super Administrator

    Ballantine's Finest is a young, low-priced Blended Scotch that has a reasonable quality and is certainly drinkable on its own. One of the lead malts in this blend is Auchentoshan, giving Ballantine's a light, sweet and floral character. The nose is quite grainy with nuts, honey and maple syrup. Although it tastes fairly rough and immature, there is a pleasant burned sugar sweetness with a good amount of sherry cask influence. The finish is quick, vague and definitely lacking intrinsic quality. Not a spectacular but honest blend which works well as a mixer.

    RATING: 2.2/5.0 stars ≙ 65 pts → INFERIOR [+]
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      65 65
    • Finish
      60 60

  2. xFabe did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    The nose made me hope for a drinkable Scotch. I was taught then a better. To sniff out the Nosingglas okay; To drink this is mixed with some sweet stuff in a PET bottle on carnival.
    • Nose
      Light and above all floral, some women's shampoo, a bit sweet, raspberry yoghurt (more artificial flavor than real berry), overall tuts in the nose does not hurt, but also does not have much expression, second nose is even quite okay, still gets a piece of depth.
    • Taste
      Alcohol burns quite sharp on the tongue, then comes nothing for a long time, still nothing later, you realize that it is whiskey, but it tastes more like Scotch that was diluted and then aufgespritet.
    • Finish
      Especially alcohol and bitter oak, unfortunately completely worthless, leaving behind some fresh rinse water, then a strange dryness (as if you bite into a kitchen towel).

  3. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Notes from an online blind tasting.

      Shiny gold

      Starts very creamy and with liquid wax. This is followed by a slightly salty note and subtle smoke. Fermented, mushy peach and caramel cream candy.
      With a little time in the glass, the dry wood comes through more clearly. Now also a lot more vanilla and rust dust. Somewhat malty in the background. Something like dark wheat beer. Subtle gum and sour cherries.
    • Taste
      Soft, sweet start. Becomes creamy and slightly waxy again. More light fruit notes in the taste. Which go in the direction of compote. Slightly metallic and coconut. Again that pinch of salt and the flag of smoke. Curry, green bananas and a hint of cloves.
    • Finish
      Rather short. Slightly peppery and again the sweetish light compote. The rust dust with the smoke flag sticks to the palate.

  4. kikist scored this whisky 62 points Member Senior

    It really overperformed my expectations, I will say better then most of the blends in that price range.
    Real complain is watery taste and extremely short finish.
    There is really no some bold off notes
    • Nose
      70 70
      bananas, herbal, sweet, hints of sweat
    • Taste
      54 54
      pretty flat, hints of pepper, watery
    • Finish
      61 61
      bread, lemon

  5. DistiLesha scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    40 alcohols in a blend is impressive! Overall, too many grain alcohols and not enough single malts, it is difficult to evaluate such a blend.
    N: 20 T: 17 F: 14 B: 17
    • Nose
      Very balanced, malty brew, creamy
    • Taste
      The pungency, sweetness of red apples, grain alcohols hit hard enough
    • Finish
      The finish is very alcoholic

  6. Kilo1 scored this whisky 67 points Expert Junior

    a classic, for the money it’s not bad, especially good if they took it at a discount, it doesn’t bother even when talking in the top three. For thoughtful tastings, he is nibbled by itself.

  7. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    Few flavors. You can smell grain and cereals, corn and wheat, a dash of lemon and caramel, that's all. And the nose has no fullness, even in the best glass in the world, you would hardly feel it. Not too badly balanced, however. In the mouth, vanilla, crushed quinces, dry wood. It's obviously very young, quite alcoholic. The finish tears off in a rather unpleasant way. It's earthy and short. No length in the mouth, after swallowing you have nothing left on the palate, except the alcohol of course.

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      69 69

  8. AdamsB scored this whisky 54 points Expert Senior

    I do not like. But nice to try to get to know the taste.
    • Nose
      Sweet, pear, cereal,
    • Taste
      Vanilla, little oily, alocohol
    • Finish
      Quickly turns into a peppery finish with bitter chocolate. Finish is very short, slightly alcoholic tip.

  9. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Fits already, very soft, does not come over so young. OK, but that was it. PLV is good.

  10. schengel10 scored this whisky 60 points Connoisseur

    A very simple blend.
    • Nose
      [N] Fairly decent nose: flowery, fruity, some vanilla;
    • Taste
      very soft and slightly sprightly on the go, a little vanilla, fruit, bitter note, one-dimensional;
    • Finish
      short finish;


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