BALLANTINE'S

SCOTCH
WHISKY

Uisge-beatha is the name for whisky in Scottish Gaelic, with the word 'whisky' stemming from a mispronunciation of the word 'uisge'. Uisge-beatha literally translates as 'water of life'.

But where does Scotch come into this? Scotch is malt or grain whisky made entirely in Scotland and it's split into five distinct categories: single malt, single grain, blended malt, blended grain, and blended whisky. At Ballantine’s we’re blending malt and grain whisky from the four corners of Scotland. These include Speyside, Islay, Highlands, and Lowlands.

MATURATION

For a Scottish made whisky to be called “Scotch” it has to age in oak casks for at least three years. This allows the whisky to interact with the casks and draw flavours, as well as colour, out of the wood. The higher quality of cask and longer storage time, the more flavour it can pick up.

Because Ballantine’s has been making whisky for so long, we have some of the world’s most impressive stocks of aged scotch, meaning we can have blends aged for over thirty or forty years.

Once bottled, the maturation stops. So there’s no point keeping it in a wine cellar for years and years, it’s there to be had and enjoyed.

BLENDING

A blended Scotch whisky is the product of blending multiple single malt and grain whiskies, and making blended Scotch is anything but easy. It requires great skill, an alarming level of intuition, excellent palate memory and a great nose.

Throughout the history of Ballantine’s, hard work and passion for quality has always been present in our five master blenders. Each one of these blenders has looked after the continuity and quality of the Ballantine’s brand, staying true to the original family character of the Whiskies.

Learn more about the history of the brand here.

BOTTLING

A great quality whisky deserves a quality bottle. There’s no better way of identifying the quality of our whisky than with a Heraldic coat of arms that was granted in 1938, appearing on every bottle of Ballantine's Scotch whisky to this day. The crest features the Scottish flag and the four essential elements of whisky making - Earth (represented by Scottish barley), Water (from nearby fresh streams), Fire (which heats the mash in a copper pot still) and Air (which allows the whisky to breathe in an oak cask). Another feature that appears on every bottle is the latin phrase, ‘Amicus Humani Generis’, meaning a friend to all mankind. A friend never lets you down.

SCOTCH WHISKY

Uisge-beatha is the name for whisky in Scottish Gaelic, with the word 'whisky' stemming from a mispronunciation of the word 'uisge'. Uisge-beatha literally translates as 'water of life'.

But where does Scotch come into this? Scotch is malt or grain whisky made entirely in Scotland and it's split into five distinct categories: single malt, single grain, blended malt, blended grain, and blended whisky. At Ballantine’s we’re blending malt and grain whisky from the four corners of Scotland. These include Speyside, Islay, Highlands, and Lowlands.

MATURATION

For a Scottish made whisky to be called “Scotch” it has to age in oak casks for at least three years. This allows the whisky to interact with the casks and draw flavours, as well as colour, out of the wood. The higher quality of cask and longer storage time, the more flavour it can pick up.

Because Ballantine’s has been making whisky for so long, we have some of the world’s most impressive stocks of aged scotch, meaning we can have blends aged for over thirty or forty years.

Once bottled, the maturation stops. So there’s no point keeping it in a wine cellar for years and years, it’s there to be had and enjoyed.

BLENDING

A blended Scotch whisky is the product of blending multiple single malt and grain whiskies, and making blended Scotch is anything but easy. It requires great skill, an alarming level of intuition, excellent palate memory and a great nose.

Throughout the history of Ballantine’s, hard work and passion for quality has always been present in our five master blenders. Each one of these blenders has looked after the continuity and quality of the Ballantine’s brand, staying true to the original family character of the Whiskies.

Learn more about the history of the brand here.

BOTTLING

A great quality whisky deserves a quality bottle. There’s no better way of identifying the quality of our whisky than with a Heraldic coat of arms that was granted in 1938, appearing on every bottle of Ballantine's Scotch whisky to this day. The crest features the Scottish flag and the four essential elements of whisky making - Earth (represented by Scottish barley), Water (from nearby fresh streams), Fire (which heats the mash in a copper pot still) and Air (which allows the whisky to breathe in an oak cask). Another feature that appears on every bottle is the latin phrase, ‘Amicus Humani Generis’, meaning a friend to all mankind. A friend never lets you down.