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Ballantine's unveils Bourbon barrel finish blended whisky

Scotch whisky maker Ballantine's is blending whisky cultures with its latest release: Ballantine's 7 Bourbon Finish.

The seven-year-old blended whisky has been designed to combine the depth of Scotch with the sweetness of Bourbon. It uses specially selected Scotch whiskies that are aged in oak casks for a minimum of seven years before being finished in American Bourbon barrels.

Rolling out globally this month, the whisky is a tribute to founder George Ballantine who was aging and selling seven-year-old whisky in the 1870s, long before the laws came into effect dictating that Scotch had to be aged for a minimum of three years. 

Ballantine's master blender, Sandy Hyslop, said: "With Ballantine's 7 Bourbon Finish we wanted to clash global whisky cultures to create a delicious Scotch whisky with a distinctively American attitude.

"The seven-year aging combined with our bespoke Bourbon barrel finishing process brings extra layers of richness, creaminess and caramel sweetness to the blend, making it ideal for Scotch lovers who want to dabble in Bourbon and for Bourbon fans wanting to break into Scotch."

The Ballantine's 7 Bourbon Finish bottle features a sleek black label with white lettering and gold detail for a premium feel. It will be available at select whisky retailers around the world for £28.

16 September 2020 - Bethany Whymark