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Overall rating
79.00/100
votes
2
Whiskybase ID
WB96513
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
George Ballantine & Son (GB&S)
Bottling serie
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
08 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
21 1363 E08
Barcode
5010106110591
Added on
21 May 2017 9:32 am by AdelphosHume

Average value

€ 10.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ballantine's 08-year-old

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.00 points

  1. AdelphosHume did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This whisky does not seem to be made to be casually sipped straight away. There are quite a few bitter notes in this one, and there are better blended whiskies out there. It's rough and needs time. But, if you give it the time and some air, it settles down to an easily enjoyed (if not forgotten) sipping whisky. 
    • Nose
      At first: E150 caramel colorant, a touch of sour malt, barely aged new make, and a rush of alcohol burn.

      After a month: Still a strong scent of E150, but it's better interwoven with a citrus malt and a light highland peat (richer, more floral), a touch of sea salt, stale milk chocolate, and some stale dried fruit.
    • Taste
      At first: An initial alcohol burn and otherwise anemic. Weak notes of watery malt, watered down hot chocolate, a touch of new-make, and stale E150 caramel colorant. 

      After a month: Still that initial alcohol burn (which fades after about 10 minutes in the glass), a quick flash of the E150 followed by a prolonged softly peated malt, lime (with zested peal) with a touch of honey
    • Finish
      Tannic and slightly savory. Fades to a diluted espresso and a faint licorice/marshmallow root bitter-sweetness. 

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