Ballantine 17 years old is a revered whisky with a cult following with the general consensus that it's the best blended whisky money can buy. Quite a statement I'm sure you'll agree, but one supported by Whisky Bible superstar Jim Murray who is a staunch advocate of this dram.
First distilled in the 1930's, its recipe has remained unchanged to this day and is a jealously guarded secret, only passed down from Master Distiller to apprentice. It contains a superbly balanced blend of malt and grain whiskey from every corner of Scotland and is golden amber in colour, with a deep and elegant nose. The palate is complex and vibrant with honeyed sweetness and hints of oak and peat smoke; this is a complete and luscious whisky full of subtlety, character and colour.