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Introducing Ballantine’s Light

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We thought: it’s not right that less alcohol means less taste. So we cut back some alcohol, and left the taste in.

Say hello to Ballantine’s Light*, a bespoke new spirit drink from our blending team, bottled at 20% ABV – half the strength of Ballantine’s Finest, yet still with the great depth of flavour that has made us the No.1 Scotch brand in Europe.

Launching exclusively in Spain from January 2021, Ballantine’s Light is a 20% ABV spirit drink for the growing number of spirit drinkers who want to cut down their alcohol consumption and drink more mindfully, without missing out on the social enjoyment of a drink shared with others.

Ballantine’s Light has been carefully crafted by the blending team led by Ballantine’s Master Blender Sandy Hyslop, after months of experimentation with different whisky bases and additional flavours. The new spirit drink is specially designed to deliver on taste even at a lower ABV, with the result being a high-quality, lower-alcohol alternative with distinct citrusy aromas and all the depth of character of the Ballantine’s range.

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“We wanted to offer Scotch fans an alternative, more mindful drinking option, and were inspired by our founder George Ballantine who, as early as 1827, was innovating and breaking conventional codes of whisky.

“Ballantine’s drinkers are known for their great taste, so we worked tirelessly to ensure that Ballantine’s Light would be light in nothing but alcohol. The result is a lower-ABV expression that is full of flavour – and unmistakeably Ballantine’s – and reaffirms our belief that there’s no wrong way to enjoy Ballantine’s”

. Ballantine’s Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop

Ballantine’s Light offers the balanced fruity and floral notes typical of Ballantine’s signature style, but delivers fresher notes of juicy green apple, as well as a citrussy zing with aromas of pink grapefruit and orange zest. It is designed to be enjoyed in the same way as your full-strength Ballantine’s – whether neat, on the rocks, with a mixer or in a cocktail.

Discover more ways to enjoy Ballantine’s Light with our drinks guide or learn more about the rest of our Ballantine’s range.

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*Ballantine’s Light contains half the alcohol of Ballantine’s Finest