Leading Scotch whisky brand Ballantine’s has just launched a new special edition
The new whisky is a 7yo Scotch that’s been finished in bourbon barrels.
It boasts a ripe nose of stone fruit, honey, apple, fresh spices (cardamom and coriander), citrus (lemon and orange peel) and a little chamomile. The bourbon influence comes through more on the palate, where vanilla, caramel and toffee complement the Scotch’s own wild blossom honey, bready and zesty flavours.
The brand says that the 7yo base is a tribute to founder George Ballantine, ‘who, as early as 1872, was ageing and selling 7yo whisky, long before the laws on ageing Scotch for a minimum of three years came into effect’.
‘With Ballantine’s 7 Bourbon Finish we wanted to clash global whisky cultures to create a delicious Scotch whisky with a distinctively American attitude,’ said Ballantine’s master blender, Sandy Hyslop. ‘The seven-year ageing combined with our bespoke bourbon barrel finishing process brings extra layers of richness, creaminess and caramel sweetness to the blend, making it ideal for Scotch lovers wanting to dabble in bourbon, and for bourbon fans wanting to break into Scotch. This is quintessential Ballantine’s with a bold new dimension – and the perfect tribute to our pioneering heritage.’
40% abv, RRP £28/700ml, Ballantine’s, ballantines.com