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Like this a good deal. I am a big fan of the Ballantine's Finest, and this is just a notch or two up from that, mainly because of the extra age and the additional smoothness.
While I enjoy Finest on the rocks, this one could go either rocks or neat. Neat, lots of spice, some honey and (as previous reviewers have said) some pear and fruit.
Rocks, it loses some potency and becomes almost TOO smooth. I like my whisky with a bit of a bite to it, nothing harsh, but just a note that says, "I'm whisky".
Overall, an excellent buy and very tasty!