FAQs

WHERE IS BALLANTINE'S PRODUCED?

Ballantine's is a product of Scotland. It is expertly blended and bottled in Dumbarton and uses a unique selection of single malt and grain whiskies from the 4 whisky regions of Scotland; Speyside, Islay, Highland and Lowland.

WHERE DOES THE NAME BALLANTINE'S COME FROM?

It comes from our founder, George Ballantine, and his sons, George, Archibald and Daniel Ballantine. Not to forget his grandson, George Ballantine. Find out more about the history of Ballantine's on Our Story.

HOW OLD ARE THE WHISKIES IN THE BALLANTINE'S RANGE?

Some of our whiskies don't display an age statement, such as Ballantine's Finest, Brasil and Hard Fired which are aged from 3 years, with most of the whiskies in there being much older. But the Ballantine's blended scotch portfolio also features premium quality blended whiskies aged from over 12 years and up to 40 years, as indicated clearly on the bottle. If you're interested in how age affects whisky, check out Scotch Knowledge.

HOW IS IT BEST TO DRINK BALLANTINE'S?

Ballantine's Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, says that the best way to enjoy Ballantine's is exactly the way you like it. Whether it's neat, with ice, with water or even in a cocktail. You could discover the way you like it by trying one of the cocktails on our Drinks page.

AREN'T SINGLE MALTS BETTER THAN BLENDS?

Blending adds a level of complexity, depth and balance that is not always achievable with single malt and grain whiskies. Our Master Blender carefully chooses single malt and grain whiskies and brings them together to craft the ultimate balanced blend.

IS SCOTCH WHISKY SUITABLE FOR VEGAN/VEGETARIAN DIETS?

Yes, scotch whisky is generally recognised as suitable for vegan and vegetarian consumers.

IS BALLANTINE'S GLUTEN FREE?

Yes, it is gluten-free. Although alcohol is made using cereals, gluten protein does not pass distillation and cannot be found in the finished product. However, we would always advise that individuals check with their physician / doctor that it is safe for them to consume alcoholic beverages as in some cases, alcohol may increase sensitivity to allergens.

How long will an opened bottle of whisky stay good?

We’ve always thought whisky was best enjoyed for yourself, not your shelf. But if you happen to have an opened bottle of Scotch whisky, make sure to store it in a cool place out of direct sunlight, and it’ll stay good. If you’ve had it for years, the taste may alter slightly but there shouldn’t be a noticeable deterioration in flavour.

How much whisky should I pour?

As our founder George says, Ballantine’s is best enjoyed how you like. But if you fancy yourself a mixing maestro a good rule of thumb is that 25ml is the standard single measure in the UK. But some cocktails need a larger measure when the recipe calls for it. Just remember to enjoy Ballantine’s blended Scotch whisky responsibly.

Is there any expiry date for whisky?

Unlike some alcohol, whisky doesn’t mature in the bottle, giving it a pretty much unlimited shelf life.

What does the age marking on scotch mean?

As a blended Scotch, each bottle of Ballantine’s has a great line-up of malts in each sip. The age statement on our bottles indicates the youngest whisky in the bottle, representing the minimum length of time a whisky has been aged in the cask. The golden rule of crafting Scotch whisky is that it must be matured in the cask for a minimum of three years, but most premium whiskies like Ballantine’s are matured for much longer.