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Overall rating
83.62/100
votes
56
Whiskybase ID
WB52021
Category
Blend
Bottler
George Ballantine & Son (GB&S)
Bottling serie
Very Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
21 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LKRD0085
Barcode
5010106110386
Added on
08 Feb 2014 2:51 pm by lucero
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 108.50

5 × in wishlist

56 × member ratings

81 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ballantine's 21-year-old

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.62 points

  1. rpvdwel scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  2. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  4. dapoinbua scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    March 2021
    i got this one from a whiskycompanion i sometimes share samples with. i am more the cask strength person and peathead, while he prefers the lighter stuff. however, it is nice to sometime share stuff from the other universe. this was the case with this 20+ year old blend.

    i must admit that i was a bit preoccupied with this whisky being a rather snobby blend in my point of view. still, i must say that the nose did make a good impression on me. unfortunately the first sip did not make it better, and neither did the finish. It is not a bad whisky, dont get me wrong. but for this money you can get somethin much better. if this would be under 40 bucks it would be perfectly fine. but for 80+ it is not worth it in my opinion.
    • Nose
      87 87
      very round, the grain does not come through that much. ripe apples, peach skin. soft and smooth. i actually enjoy the nose a lot. furry, reminds me of marillenkrapfen (donuts without a hole, filled with apricto marmelade). nice. some muesli maybe.
    • Taste
      81 81
      some wood comes through. unfortunately rather flat compared to the nose. hard to find distinct flavors here. not a bad taste, but not an outstanding either. earthy notes can be found.
    • Finish
      79 79
      middle long finish. some spices pop out in the end. ginger maybe? a bit disappointing for the age unfortunately

  5. YD84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky. Try tasting it blindly, you'll like it. A bit bitter/woody in the finish and of course a higher ABV would make it better, but that's about all the critique I have.

  7. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    It's a nice whiskey, but with this age and price you expect something extra. I do not taste that.
    • Nose
      Sweet (apple and raisin). Also a bit stale, but maybe it was on my glass.
    • Taste
      Apple. Sweet. It is a soft apple sweet. A bit boring, safe and neutral.
    • Finish
      Sweet

  8. 48% did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Got from Hans Zuidema (2017). He had received it as a promotional gift.

  9. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Good balance + good complexity = good whisky. Enjoyable stuff.
    • Nose
      Soft smoke, light spices and subtle fruits. Some cloves and star anise (very distant), but also oranges and pizza dough. Somewhat waxy, with a hint of honey. Surprisingly pricklish at such a low abv.
    • Taste
      Big on the caramel and fudge, with whispers of bitter orange peel, milk chocolate and charred oak. Fairly spicy (that's the European oak talking) with cloves and nutmeg, followed by a pinch of salt.
    • Finish
      Long, with lingering spices and dried fruits.

  10. HunterRomario scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I tasted at the Whiskey Festival 2017. So this Ballantinka sat well, I was very surprised. But the hook is again included. If she stood at 1000, - I can imagine her as an ideal relaxing drink for moments of well-being. Beware, too, that the 40% version is done, it will probably be a bit worse.
    • Nose
      Hmmmm ... on blend smells nice and full. Typically malt, with crispness and spiceiness. Cinnamon, slightly windy coniferous forest, camphor. (84 b)
    • Taste
      You will know in taste that it is a blend, but I have to admit that it is very rich within its category. Fresh wood, old wood, chocolate, spices, a bit of glamor. Hazelnuts, you rarely miss Ballantine. (86 b)

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