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Whisky Reviews for Ballantine's Finest
11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 66.33 points
vanilla, caramel, alcohol, a little bit creamy, bourbon cask aromas, maybe hints of bananas
sweet, a lot of peppery, new wood, bitterness, vanilla, simple
a lot of bitterness, short, empty...
- Appearance: Slightly deeper than straw, golden orange.
Nose: Caramel, butter, vanilla, honey, sweet apple, peach, touch of sweet orange, lemon. Nose is sweet and malty, buttery, rich. Luscious but simple.
Palate: Honey, grain spirit spike, butter, vanilla and toffee. Butterscotch. Sweet and simple. Nothing to dislike except a bit too much spike.
Finish: Peppery honey, vanilla, grain spirits.
With Water: Spirits milder in the nose, more honey and vanilla. Soft flavor, slightly more woody / oaky. Works fine.
Overall: Very sweet and caramel, vanilla. Not at all complex. Tastes nice, but the spirit spike is a bit too much. For this price, no complaints, but I prefer Teachers and probably Cutty Sark as well. After a couple shots, this gets boring.
- Grain malt, alcohol, barley malt, sulfur, watery with warming cut.
- Sharp grain and soft barley malt, little bit watery and spicy.
The alcohol feeling is not that unpleasant, being almost like an element balanced with the rest; caramel is the most prominent feeling though. Some sulphur, kinda heavy, doesn't get along with the caramel. Some fresh cut grass, rosemary. Some oak too?
That's not that bad; what made me give a low score on the nose was the fact that, after something like 30 minutes of this whisky sitting in the glass, I could still feel the alcohol while the other elements were walking away.
Light body and very light flavour, seems like water at some point. Just some spiciness that gets on your mouth, nothing to add. Or, maybe: there was something else, but it was not positive. Kind of bored me, I didn't finish the glass. It seemed built up just to go down fast on you.
Short/middle with wood and a hint of dark chocolate; with the spiciness left on your palate it tastes like aromatized chocolate (like spicy chocolate). Leaves a nice flavour fading away.
- Nose and finish make the whiskey interesting, the palate is miserable. 52 points (without the palate, it would be much more).
Interesting, nutty and soft nose.
Bean ... Alcoholic, metallic. Eklig.
In short, again becoming nutty.