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Ballantine’s Finest, 40% ABV

Ballantine’s Finest, 40% ABV


Standard blend.

Testing / Tasting
(69 points)


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.


Ballantine’s Finest

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.

Score: 69.

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.

Ballantine's Finest

Ballantine’s Finest

Comments (4)

  1. Jan Ziuzia

    13 August 2016 / 22:46

    hahahaha panie Lukaszu,tak sie zastanawiam,degustujac 14-letniego,finiszowanego w beczkach po amerykanskim debie GlenDronacha czy panu nie szkoda czasu na picie ‘czegos takiego’?Pozdrawiam 🙂

    • LukLovesWhisky

      13 August 2016 / 23:16

      🙂 tak, tak…, czasem warto wrócić do podstaw, aby bardziej docienić GlenDronacha 😉 Pozdrowienia!

  2. Error

    7 March 2017 / 14:26

    Ja go bardzo lubię, jeśli chodzi o popijania na imprezie czy dolewanie do herbaty. Jeśli miałbym wybrać tani blend do picia na czysto, brałbym Teacher’s Highland, mało złożony, ale przynajmniej dość intensywny i kremowy, dobrze zbalansowany. Ale najlepiej dołożyłbym do 100 i kupił Bushmills Black albo 12 letniego Grantsa 🙂

    • LukLovesWhisky

      14 March 2017 / 19:09

      Ballantine’s Finest chyba najbardziej nadaje się do zmieszania. Pozdrowienia.


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