Ballantines 17 Year Old Scotch Whisky.Like many independent bottlers in Scotland, Ballantine's began as a grocery buying up casks from local distillers and bottling them for customers. Unlike most, however, they strove to hone their craft and blended some of the finest Scotch whiskey to create their own unique and exquisite expressions that made them some of the biggest and most recognizable independent bottlers around.A beautifully light and flavorful expression that doesnt break the bank, their Ballantine's 17 Year Old Blended Scotch was first introduced in the 1930s. Blended from a selection of 17-year-old single malt and grain whiskeys, the Scotch is bottled at 86 proof which, coupled with its sweet desserty goodness, makes it a perfect as an after-dinner sipper.Savor each sip of this fine pale gold Scotch starting from its inviting nose of mochaccino, chocolate, Madeira, leather, caramel, oak, and faint peat smoke to its light and fairly sweet palate of apples, light brown sugar, spices, molasses, gooseberries, and light malt with more hints of smokiness all tied together by a dry and persistent finish of tropical fruits, vanilla, custard, rye bread, coconut, malt, peat.Crowned World Whisky of the Year by the 2011 edition of Jim Murrays Whiskey Bible, the Ballantine's 17 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky is one of the finest blended Scotch whiskeys out there.George Ballantine set up this business when he was just nineteen, and later shared his whisky blending expertise with his sons George II, Archibald and Daniel, as well as his grandson, George III.Together they built a real reputation for their whisky. So much so that in 1895, Ballantine & Son was awarded with a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria, the ultimate endorsement of the companys prestigious reputation.The Ballantines family first blended Finest in 1910, and it still stands as the oldest recipe in the current range. Nearly 200,000 bottles of Finest are sold around the world each day, proof that quality lasts the test of time.George Robertson The next master blender was yet another George, although not related to the Ballantine family. He inherited the job after the first world war and 13 years of prohibition, so found himself with barrel upon barrel of matured whisky. George Robertson created the worlds first (and to this day most rewarded) 17 year old Scotch and the prestigious Ballantines 30.During prohibition, we designed our square bottles so that American salesmen could conceal a bottle or two of Ballantines Finest in their briefcases should the cops come calling. The unusual shape of our iconic Finest bottle is still being used today, but you shouldnt have to hide it in your briefcase anymore.Jack Goudy carried on the tradition of producing excellence with the introduction of our 12 year old blend. He also trained up two future master blenders, making sure the quality of Ballantines would continue for years to come. Jack taught them the importance of sourcing the best scotch and maturing it in the best American oak. Fresh casks of American oak have arrived every year since, maintaining that same high quality and flavour.Robert Hicks The first of Goudys prodigies was Robert Hicks, a perfectionist in the world of whisky. He worked with Jack for 24 years before taking on the role of master blender and was renowned for having one of the best noses when it came to smelling whisky.Sandy Hyslop The current master blender and the second of Goudys prodigies, Sandy drives innovation on Ballantines. As the most prolific of the master blenders, he is bringing new whisky tastes to the market like Ballantines Brasil and Hard Fired. Sandy also added Ballantine's 40 to the family, the oldest expression ever in the range and something that he is particularly proud of.With his hands on approach that involves constant observation and nosing around 250 samples a day, Sandy plots the course of Ballantines. Its exciting to see where hell take it.The influence of these five master blenders has made Ballantine's what it is today, Europe's No.1 Scotch whisky and also No.2 worldwide (*IWSR volume 2015). Now, Ballantine's proposes the most comprehensive range of quality aged blended Scotch whiskies available anywhere in the world, and youll find it across the globe. These whiskies have always been of superlative quality and are extremely versatile, with that in mind, Sandy has a bit of advice on how to enjoy a dram of Ballantines...Stay true to your own taste, because the best way to drink Ballantines is exactly the way you like it.