Drinkers are used to the attractions of 'seasonal' beers, but seasonal whiskies are altogether rarer beasts. So it is pleasing to see that Ballantine's - the world's second-best-selling blended Scotch - has recently added its first seasonal limited edition to the regular line up.
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|Ballantine's, Christmas Reserve (Scotland) |
Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve has been created by master blender Sandy Hyslop and carries no age statement, being presented in a dark bottle, cased in an eye-catching white card box, with embossed snowflakes and gold foil.
According to Ballantine’s international brand director Peter Moore, “Predictably there’s always a strong focus on gifting at this time of the year, so it was important for us to respond with a unique expression which would appeal to new customers as well as existing customers who are keen to trade up. Although a first for Ballantine’s, the Christmas Reserve perfectly represents the flair and substance that underpins the brand.”
The nose is Sherried and rich, with figs, raisins, sultanas and, finally, freshly-squeezed orange juice. More fruits on the palate, oranges, apples and pears, with a nutty, gingery, slightly oaky backdrop. Medium to long in the finish, with developing dark chocolate éclairs.
In specialist retailers across Europe and in Taiwan.
40.0% ABV, 70cl, £30-£35, specialist retailers across selected countries in mainland Europe, the Middle and Far East, Morocco and Colombia, plus Asian and Central American travel retail outlets.