Friday, October 30, 2015


Ballantine’s Blended Scotch Whisky, has announced the launch of a new 21 Year Old, Travel Retail exclusive.

Ballantine’s 21 Year Old Signature Oak Edition - European Oak (40% ABV) is the first of two new limited editions exclusive to Travel Retail, and has been crafted by Ballantine’s Master Blender Sandy Hyslop to showcase the characteristics and flavours that European oak contributes to the original 21 Year Old blend.
Ballantine's 21 Year Old Signature Oak - European Oak

Ensuring this latest expression stays true to the award-winning taste profile of Ballantine’s 21 Year Old, selected whiskies have been matured in European oak sherry casks, which help to deliver a unique flavour during the ageing process.

Commenting on the launch, Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender, said: “I nose each and every cask to ensure a balance between the liquid and the wood, something George Ballantine - a pioneer in the art of maturing whisky in quality casks - would have approved of. With the Ballantine’s 21 Year Old Signature Oak Editions, I wanted to pay tribute to our founder and release expressions that demonstrate to consumers how cask maturation and oak influence transform our whisky. Providing a rich taste profile, the European oak has enhanced the notes of raisin, fruitcake, sherry and spice within the 21 Year Old blend so I am certain that it will become a must-have addition to the cabinet of selective whisky collectors.”

The release of an additional Signature Edition created with American oak will follow to complete the pair of bottlings.

Ballantine’s 21 Year Old Signature Oak Edition - European Oak, will be available exclusively through Travel Retail for a RRP of $225.00.

Posted by Steve Rush