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Our most warming whiskies to drink and gift this winter season

Whisky is a seriously warming spirit. It’s naturally spicy, exceptionally smooth and deliciously sweet for sipping fireside. So grab a blanket and pour a dram of our finest whiskies for winter drinking.

These exceptional blends also make the perfect gift. For Secret Santa, the impossible to buy for, and the Christmas party host. Whether a whisky lover, cocktail maker or a newbie to the spirit, you can’t go wrong with Ballantine’s.

Drink ‘em. Gift ‘em. We don’t mind. Here’s six of the best warming whiskies to share this season.

Ballantine’s 12 Year Old

What do people who love whisky wanna drink? According to our master blender, it’s Ballantine’s 12. We told him to go off and make his dream blend. And the result is spectacular. 

Our award-winning 12 Year Old whisky is a golden spirit that captures the sweet notes of the winter season. It’s creamy, oaky and has a long lasting honeyed sweetness. With hints of floral vanilla for a perfect refreshing balance. It’s made with thoughtful passion, for those who really love their whisky. A sought after gift that’s made for drinking. Sip it solo or make it a classic from a bittersweet Rob Roy to a fiery Penicillin.

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From our Finest blended Scotch to our iconic collection of aged whiskies, single Malts and exotic flavours, discover the world of Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky.


Ballantine’s Barrel Smooth

Make this winter season seriously smooth with our smoothest whisky yet. Meet Ballantine’s Barrel Smooth

One simple decision led to this blend’s unique taste. We remove the flame the split second it changes from blue to orange, creating a caramelised sugar within the oak barrels. It’s this moment that delivers the unique vanilla and spice smoothness of our whisky. With notes of sweet ripe fruit, gentle smoke and butterscotch toffee, it’s delicious on its own or mixed with spice in a Whisky & Ginger Ale or Old Fashioned.

Ballantine’s Finest

The legend. The original. The Finest. Our signature blended scotch whisky has a recipe that’s stayed true to tradition since 1910. Why change something that works?

Ballantine’s Finest is a golden blend that balances warmth and spice with subtle freshness. There’s hints of honey heather, milk chocolate and red apple with a fresh after-taste. Keep warm this winter’s cocktail hour with a Whisky Hot Chocolate and our sweet and spicy Christmas cocktail. Or give a limited edition gift this season with our latest release of Ballantine’s Finest, Ballantine’s X Queen and Ballantine’s X AC/DC, celebrating the world’s most iconic music legends.

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For 2023, Ballantine’s will be celebrating two of the most iconic bands of all time: AC/DC & Queen. Putting a rock ‘n’ roll spin on our equally iconic bottle of Finest, two limited edition bottles have been designed.


Ballantine’s 17 Year Old

Grab a bottle of Ballantine’s to share with friends this winter. Our 17 Year Old whisky is made for spontaneous occasions. Seasonal cocktail shaking, festive movie nights, a cosy evening back at yours. 

The golden amber liquid doesn’t need much doing to it. Pour a round with or without ice and serve alongside a few simple snacks. We love it Sazerac style to enhance the blend’s smoky, spiced liquorice flavours that smooth into an oaky creaminess. 

It’s also the world’s first and most awarded 17 Year Old blended whisky. So stick that on the gift tag and get serious present points.

Ballantine’s 21 Year Old

Put festive spices front and centre this winter with our 21 Year Old whisky. Our intensely, rich blend is all about those delicious spiced flavours that pair beautifully with hints of mellow dried fruit and honeyed sweetness.

Sip it on special nights around the fire or seriously impress guests with cocktails such as White Orchid, which pairs the apple liquorice notes with sweet vanilla.

Ballantine’s 23 Year Old

Keep warm this winter with our spiced 23 Year Old whisky, made for memorable occasions. Ballantine’s 23 Year Old is an exceptional blend with bold, full-bodied flavours that deliver an elegant finish.

Each whisky that creates the aromatic blend has been hand-selected by Ballantine’s Master Blender Sandy Hyslop, with high proportions of first-fill American oak cask scotch. The result is a soft, fruity aroma balanced with deep complex oakyness. 

And there’s no better time to pour out a dram than winter. Best enjoyed on the rocks or with a simple orange twist on an Old Fashioned.

Discover more ways to drink Ballantine’s with our collection of whisky cocktails. We’ve got Christmas drinks, the best NYE cocktail recipes and enough seasonal cocktails to get you through the year.

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