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Today, I’m trying the Ballantines 12 Year Old Pure Malt. So no grain whisky was used. It is composed of no less than 40 single malts, including Glenburgie and Miltonduff.
The nose offers pears on syrup, marzipan, orange peel and fresh flowers. A bit of smoke, too. Darn, this is pretty good.
The medium bodied malt rolls over the tongue, slightly creamy. Nicely soft and fresh with some oak, cinnamon and ginger. For the sweetness, I make associations with oranges and vanilla, for the bitter touch I’d say almonds.
The finish is shorter than I would have hoped and ends on almonds.
Given the fact that a bottle is less than 30 EUR, this is a great whisky. The motto on the label says it well: ‘Amicus Humani Generis’ means ‘a friend for all’. I can relate to that. This is indeed a good whisky to put on the table when having a nice evening with friend (those you don’t want to break out a single malt for, that is). Thanks to Luca in Sicily for the sample.