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Ballantine's Christmas Reserve Tasting notes and reviews

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Ballantine's Christmas Reserve

Brand
Ballantine's
Expression
Christmas Reserve
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Abv
40.00%
Produced at
Ballantine's Distillery
Availability
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Dave Broom

79
Nose
Light mashy notes mixed with burning leaves and spices before a chunky malt loaf and fruit leather weight comes through. Cherry cola and oak with water.
Palate
Nutty start then a glide of toffee across the mid-palate. Some dark fruit (plum) and then the spices kick in wth a little touch of smoke.
Finish
Dry and nutty.
Comment
It's Ballantine's as you've seen it before but the “Christmas” angle is well worked. Great blending.

Martine Nouet

74
Nose
Nutty, fragrant. Fresh oak. A earthy touch which mingles with sweet cereal notes.
Palate
Smooth and well structured. Malty sweetness with a definite green oak note but nothing unpleasant.
Finish
Short, dry with a nutty character.
Comment
Tastes rather young but a pleasant and easy to drink dram. Just a little weak at midpalate.
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