Overall rating
66.46/100
votes
82
Whiskybase ID
WB76700
Category
Blend
Bottler
George Ballantine & Son (GB&S)
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
40% vol. - 70 cl e
Barcode
5010106113127
Added on
09 jan 2016 3:25 pm by RoyalScotsman
Colored

Average value

€ 25.02

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Whisky reviews for Ballantine's Finest

15 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 66.46 points.

  1. Lorion scored this whisky 52 points Connoisseur

    Nose and finish make the whiskey interesting, the palate is miserable. 52 points (without the palate, it would be much more).
    • Nose
      Interesting, nutty and soft nose.
    • Taste
      Bean ... Alcoholic, metallic. Eklig.
    • Finish
      In short, again becoming nutty.

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  3. M_A_S_K_A scored this whisky 76 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      75 75

  4. elipszis scored this whisky 66 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      66 66
      alcoholic
      apple
      cereal
      bark
      candied orange
    • Taste
      67 67
      alcoholic
      rye
      spice
      salty
      toffee
      vanilla
    • Finish
      66 66
      spice
      woody
      short finish

  5. aquataste scored this whisky 52 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Grain, wet wood, slightly vegetable, in the background honey, apples, oak bitterness
    • Taste
      Sweet, cereal, a trace of fruit, wet old wood, a bit of vanilla, pepper
    • Finish
      Short, sweet, old wood

  6. Tschouten scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    My favorite whiskey for with coke

  7. MarcinCh scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      72 72
      Clearly sweet. Lots of vanilla. Fresh fruit. Some honey. Not too complicated, but not too badly covered with alcohol.
    • Taste
      71 71
      Pretty light. Sweet, vanilla at the beginning. Some fresh fruit flashed by. Then it starts to get rather oaky and spicy. The sweetness still runs in the background somewhere.
    • Finish
      69 69
      Spicy at first. Then there is some sweetness, some malt. Vanilla and honey in the background. Still some spices, mostly on the tongue. Quite short and very simple.

  8. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      67 67
    • Taste
      67 67
    • Finish
      66 66

  9. VanOpek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      vanilla, caramel, alcohol, a little bit creamy, bourbon cask aromas, maybe hints of bananas
    • Taste
      sweet, a lot of peppery, new wood, bitterness, vanilla, simple
    • Finish
      a lot of bitterness, short, empty...

  10. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    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.

  11. Glen Krid scored this whisky 58 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      58 58
    • Taste
      60 60
    • Finish
      56 56

  12. coldsun scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    Grain malt, alcohol, barley malt, sulfur, watery with warming cut.

  13. coldsun scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    Sharp grain and soft barley malt, little bit watery and spicy.

  14. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 63 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      63 63
    • Taste
      64 64
    • Finish
      63 63

  15. Falnor scored this whisky 51 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      53 53
    • Taste
      50 50
    • Finish
      51 51

  16. crippos scored this whisky 57 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      55 55
      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.
    • Taste
      45 45
      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.
    • Finish
      70 70
      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.

  17. Andytka3 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    N- Toffee with hint of smokes, burnt grass, black tea and wet towel. Mineral and sour youghurt.

    P- Creamy, peppery, charred wood and jammy. Grainy and spicy notes follow thru.

    F- Short, warm peppery remains, oily and heavy, preferred with ice or water. — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

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