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Ballantine's Hard Fired Tasting notes and reviews

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Ballantine's Hard Fired

Brand
Ballantine's
Expression
Hard Fired
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Blended
Abv
40.00%
Produced at
Chivas Brothers
Region
Various
Website
www.chivas.com
Availability
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Chris Goodrum

70
Nose
Initially very neutral, which is a surprise given its dark colour. Crisp grain with hints of sweeter grains and dried fruit. With time some estery banana and apricot appear.
Palate
Opens with some subtle sherried dried fruit. A little simple and watery with a touch of grain and creamy oak
Finish
A little spirity but the grain has a pleasant nip. Late wood spice finish.
Comment
A fairly simple blend with the nose showing more interest than the palate.

Joel Harrison

79
Nose
Pear drops, strawberry yoghurt and Cool Whip give this an impression of a Scotch relying heavily on its grain component. No bad thing, when it is as balanced as this.
Palate
The palate again reveals a lot more grain, but the quality of spirit is lacking slightly, giving off too many sharp esters for this to be a real stunner.
Finish
Hot cross buns and buttered toast.
Comment
I'm undecided. Perfect for a half-n-half.
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    Chivas Brothers
  • Kilmalid. Stirling Road. Dumbarton. Dunbartonshire. Scotland. G82 2SS
  • Tel : +44 1389 765 111

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