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Ballantine's 12 year

Postby Gov » Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:49 pm

Any comments on this one? I saw it on the shelf at a local liquor store today. I have never had any expression from Ballantine's. It costs about as much as JWB.
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Re: Ballantine's 12 year

Postby Bruichladdict » Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:41 am

Can be very inconsistent...one bottle tasted like musty leather, medicinal, another tasted quite sweet and sherried, with a little bite from grain.

You take your chances with blends, aged or not! Hope the fates are kind to you.
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Re: Ballantine's 12 year

Postby Gov » Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:25 pm

Bruichladdict wrote:Can be very inconsistent...one bottle tasted like musty leather, medicinal, another tasted quite sweet and sherried, with a little bite from grain.

You take your chances with blends, aged or not! Hope the fates are kind to you.


I may pass on this then.
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Re: Ballantine's 12 year

Postby OKDiver1 » Thu May 01, 2008 2:26 am

Gov wrote:
Bruichladdict wrote:Can be very inconsistent...one bottle tasted like musty leather, medicinal, another tasted quite sweet and sherried, with a little bite from grain.

You take your chances with blends, aged or not! Hope the fates are kind to you.


I may pass on this then.

If you see a good price for it, you might want to try it for yourself, just to be sure.
I was drinking the regular Ballantine's for a while, when I came across a good deal for the 12. I tried it, and was disappointed. I could not find what the additional years might have added to it, very flat, lots of grain, but almost metallic. Might be nice in the summer with a couple of ice cubes.
My favorite blends are now: White Horse, Famous Grouse, Teacher's (not available here in OH), JWB, Bell's 8 (which I always buy duty-free when I travel. A shame that it is not available here in the US) and Islay Mist. I always keep at least a couple handy.
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Re: Ballantine's 12 year

Postby Gov » Thu May 01, 2008 2:35 am

OKDiver1 wrote:
Gov wrote:
Bruichladdict wrote:Can be very inconsistent...one bottle tasted like musty leather, medicinal, another tasted quite sweet and sherried, with a little bite from grain.

You take your chances with blends, aged or not! Hope the fates are kind to you.


I may pass on this then.

If you see a good price for it, you might want to try it for yourself, just to be sure.
I was drinking the regular Ballantine's for a while, when I came across a good deal for the 12. I tried it, and was disappointed. I could not find what the additional years might have added to it, very flat, lots of grain, but almost metallic. Might be nice in the summer with a couple of ice cubes.
My favorite blends are now: White Horse, Famous Grouse, Teacher's (not available here in OH), JWB, Bell's 8 (which I always buy duty-free when I travel. A shame that it is not available here in the US) and Islay Mist. I always keep at least a couple handy.


Its is about the same price as JWB, so I will take the JWB. My favorites blends are almost exactly the same as yours, except I like Grants Family Reserve, Black Bottle and Dewars 12 as well. Its a shame that Teacher's is not available near you. That is probably my favorite blend.
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Re: Ballantine's 12 year

Postby OKDiver1 » Thu May 01, 2008 3:08 am

I agree with the Grant's, it's just that I had too much of it for a while and got tired of it.
If you have not done so yet, try the Islay Mist. I prefer it to the standard Black Bottle as far as Islay blends. For the Bell's 8, I'll let you know when I get some. Very good blend, spicy and powerful, a good all-around whisky, at least to me. The strange thing is, it's often available here (US) in duty-free for $16 or $18 a liter, but not domestically.
Go figure.
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Re: Ballantine's 12 year

Postby Gov » Thu May 01, 2008 1:32 pm

OKDiver1 wrote:I agree with the Grant's, it's just that I had too much of it for a while and got tired of it.
If you have not done so yet, try the Islay Mist. I prefer it to the standard Black Bottle as far as Islay blends. For the Bell's 8, I'll let you know when I get some. Very good blend, spicy and powerful, a good all-around whisky, at least to me. The strange thing is, it's often available here (US) in duty-free for $16 or $18 a liter, but not domestically.
Go figure.


Yes I have had, and currently have a bottle of Islay Mist. I like it very much, it reminds me of White Horse. White Horse is a bit cheaper so in the future I will probably just have White Horse on hand. Bells 8 sounds very interesting.
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