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George Ballantine & Son (GB&S)
no strength, no bottle size, colourful crest
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04 Oct 2015 12:30 pm by vrontis.d@unic.ac.cy

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€ 80.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ballantine's Finest Scotch Whisky

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 69.50 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    I have never been a big fan of this Ballantine's profile no matter how old the bottle has been and this is over 50 years old but initially I have struggled with it.
    As you explore it the problem becomes apparent it is the thinness of the palate that is the problem as the flavours are actually ok.
    If you explore it for long enough you get a sweet syrupy taste (not thickness of the liquid) but even back in the 60`s I suspect caramel was used
    So just below my MOTR score for blends which is 75.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      71 71

  2. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Notes from an online blind tasting.

      Shiny gold

      Also starts very waxy with a trace of salt. Wet leaves and forest floor. Orange and cinnamon. In addition, some smoke. Sweet honeydew melon and warm mint tea. Very light prunes and yeast dough. Floury red apple, apricots and white chocolate in the background. Partly an artificial sweetness. With a little oat flakes.
    • Taste
      Snappy, sweet start. Again the slightly artificial sweetness. Grain ?, trail mix with honey and tart plums. With a little pear brandy, almonds and dark chocolate. There is always a metallic undertone. Nice and creamy and slightly rancid.
    • Finish
      Rather short to medium in length. Peppery and boiled down, light fruit notes. Subtle nutty bitterness and fine roasted aromas.

  3. Sonett scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    Not in any way a bad dram, it just don't give much of an impression
    • Nose
      Bread, vanilla, Herbs, Vite fruits
    • Taste
      Enters sweet, honey, vanilla, soft spices
    • Finish
      Medium long, nothing new, everything as in the taste.


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