It is time for Ballantine’s Finest. This is a flagship product from Pernod Ricard and probably it doesn’t need any introduction. We are dealing here with a standard blend, bottled at a minimum level of 40% ABV. They are using approx. 40 different whiskies, including grains and single malts, to compose it.
As stated by one of the characters in “Vabank 2” movie, thinking that he was in Switzerland: “Ballantine’s, the best whisky in the world.”
Could it be ?! Let’s see!
N: a blast of alcohol is evident, out of it fruits are trying to break through, mainly young apples, pears, in the background a touch of caramel, with time there are some mineral notes and cereals, I have a touch of lemon zest, these impressions fade away quite quickly and mostly alcohol remains;
T: uuuuu, the power of warming up and burning on the tongue, young alcohol is obvious, large graininess, later maybe even caramel is trying to get out, but it goes hardly;
F: short alcoholic.
Ballantine’s Finest, 40% ABV certainly is not the best whisky in the world. And by the way, what does it mean…, it is not easy to determine. Maybe it’s all about the number of sold bottles? In this category Ballantine’s is doing really very well.
A typical whisky for blending. The level similar to Johnnie Walker Red Label.