George Ballantine passed away in 1891 and his son George took over the business. Five years later he was granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria.
In 1910 George launched Ballantine’s Finest, a blend of over 50 whiskies, which over time would become the brand’s flagship. In 1919 the family sold company to James Barclay and R.A. McKinlay who made Ballantine’s whisky a global brand. Since 2005 Ballantine’s has been owned by Chivas Bros., subsidiary of Pernod Ricard and remains the second most popular Scotch after Johnnie Walker (close to 7 million cases sold annually). The key components of Ballantine’s blends are now Glenburgie, Miltonduff, Glentauchers and Tormore.
Nose: slightly floral, sweet cereals, honey, toffee, pears, apples, hints of mixed spice and oak.
Palate: grainy and fruity, pears, bananas, vanilla, brown sugar, breakfast cereals, honey, dash of cinnamon and touch of peat.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, honey and delicate fruity and oaky notes.