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Overall rating
70.96/100
votes
33
Category
Blend
Bottler
George Ballantine & Son (GB&S)
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Importato da Spirit S.p.A. Genova
Added on
04 Oct 2015 11:44 am by Arranthony_Moray

Average value

€ 20.00

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33 × member ratings

140 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ballantine's Finest Scotch Whisky

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 70.96 points

  1. Fred Labosch scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    I was totally surprised by this expecting nothing really.
    I tasted this on several occasions H2H with current bottlings of non-peated entry level single malts, and this put them all to shame.
    And the best thing about this '80s Ballantines: It's as cheap as chips at online auctions! If it weren't for the (very limited) cardboardiness, the kind of shy nose and the usual short and a little vodka-ish finish that cheaper blended whiskies have, I would buy this by the case. Very drinkable stuff nonetheless.
    • Nose
      cooked quince, golden delicious apples, sweet grains & cereals, yellow jelly beans, stale pineapple juice, physalis, more than just a hint of peat, an earthy note, some cardboard (OBE?!), a little salty caramel, some cheap vanilla ice cream, overall a little restraint but still really nice
    • Taste
      unexpectedly lush, sweet and salty arrival, quince jam, physalis, pineapple, coconut, dandelions, some caffe latte, some caramel, unfortunately a little cardboardiness, some salt, peat, medium to big body with some serious depth, while being about as smooth as hard liquor can get, and a nice balance
    • Finish
      dark toffee, an earthy peat note, a little cardboardy, the grain whisky shows (a little alcoholic; vodka-ish), really short, some almonds?!

  2. Adamos scored this whisky 48 points Expert Junior

    well , what can I say ;) always had it with coke back in the days. 
    • Nose
      52 52
    • Taste
      44 44
    • Finish
      33 33

  3. Max70 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      72 72

  4. Cubey666 scored this whisky 49 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      43 43
    • Taste
      52 52
    • Finish
      49 49

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