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Ballantine's Gold Seal, 12 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

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Ballantine's Gold Seal, 12 Years Old

Brand
Ballantine's
Expression
Gold Seal, 12 Years Old
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Blended
Age
12 years old
Abv
43.00%
Produced at
Ballantine's Distillery
Website
www.ballantines.com
Availability
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Michael Jackson

Nose
Honey. Tropical fruits. Burnt currants.
Palate
Buttercream. Chocolate. Coffee.
Finish
Rummy for a moment, then lightly soothing.
Comment
Gold seal is a particularly rich version of Ballantine, but this bottling seems even sweeter and less peaty than I remember. For me, the syrupiness swamps the house character.

Dave Broom

Nose
A sulphur/rubber note, mixed with light smokiness unreduced. With water comes a decidedly jaunty, maritime air with lovely soft grain behind.
Palate
Soft and clean building into a vinous, Fino sherry quality. Soft, juicy grain appears mid-palate while smoke wreathes itself about. Good feel.
Finish
Smoke. Little short.
Comment
Balances all its elements very well. One to work on.
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