Ballantines Limited Blended Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Note: Box has come from a private collection and as such has some minor scuffing/scratches/handling marks.
George Ballantine, the founder of Ballantine's came from a farming family in the Scottish borders. He established a grocers shop in Cowgate, Edinburgh in 1827, eventually extending his business into wines and spirits. His son, also named George, set up in Argyll Street, Glasgow, in 1872 as a whisky, wine and cigar merchant, with many export interests, especially the promotion of the Old Glenlivet and Talisker Fine Malt brands. In 1903 the family business was granted a Royal Warrant and was recorded as "transacting an immense trade in supplying wines and spirits to families of distinction all over Scotland and in many parts of England and Ireland." The company was subsequently sold, however the new owners had similar success, establishing solid markets in the United States and elsewhere. The rest is history...
Today Ballantine’s is one of the largest spirits brand in the world. The flavour profile of all the Ballantine’s bottlings is largely dependent on fingerprint malts from Miltonduff and Glenburgie. The "Limited" expression is a small production release aimed at the super premium blend market. Beautifully packaged in a cobalt blue bottle.
Other reviews......Lovely fruit and a dab of smoke in the middle...bitters out impatiently...hadn't tasted this for a little while but maintains its early style and quite glorious delivery. 43% Alc./Vol.
89 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2011