Ballantine's Finest Scotch Whisky

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CHF 19.50
Price per 100
27.86/100cl

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Description

Origin: Scotland. Market leader in Switzerland. How to make blended Scotch whisky: Malting: The purpose of malting is to render the starch in the grain soluble, in order to generate sugar and alcohol. First, the corn is cleansed and then immersed for two to three days in water from the distillery's own natural spring. Following this process, the grain is spread out on the malting floor for up to 12 days, during which time it is regularly turned by the malt master using a wooden shovel. The germinated barley, or "green malt", is then kiln-dried. Peat fires smoulder under the perforated kiln and the resultant smoke filters up into the malted barley. This lends the whisky its typical smoky flavour and golden colour. Mashing: The dried malt is ground and is then mixed with hot water in the mash tun – a large vessel made of wood or steel. Continuous stirring allows the enzymes in the mash that were developed during the malting process to convert the barley starch into sugar, producing a sugary liquid known as "wort". Fermentation: The wort is filled into wash stills, in which the sugar is fermented into alcohol. Yeast is added to speed up this process. The mixture is continuously stirred over the next 48 hours, resulting in a liquid called the "wash" with an alcohol content of 7% to 10%. Distillation: According to the traditional method, Scotch whiskies are distilled in onion-shaped copper vessels called "pot stills". The low-alcoholic wash is pumped into these vessels and then heated. Unlike water, alcohol starts to evaporate at around 68.8°C. When this happens, it separates from the fermented mash and travels to the top of the still. This alcoholic steam condenses, and after around nine hours of distillation, the resultant liquid has an alcohol content of around 25% to 35% and is called "low wine". A second two-hour distillation produces a distillate with around 60% to 68% abv – a process again requiring the use of pot stills. Maturation: The most important factor in the maturation process is the cask – the vehicle via which a whisky obtains its colour, aroma and a good part of its flavour. A whisky normally ages in old sherry, Bourbon or port barrels made of oak. Each year, around 3% to 5% of the alcohol evaporates out of the barrel, and this loss is poetically referred to as the "angel's share". After at least three years of ageing, the distillate is diluted with spring water to a drinking strength of 40% before being blended and bottled. In Scotland, three years is the statutory minimum maturation period. Proof: "Proof" denotes the alcohol content. In the US, for example, 80% proof corresponds roughly to 40% alcohol by volume (abv). In the UK, the equation is a little more complicated: the proof must be multiplied by 4 and then divided by 7. Blending A blended whisky is the product of blending different types of whisky; up to 50 different whiskies can be blended together. Blending is key to defining a blended Scotch's personality and style. Good blended Scotch retains a consistently high level of quality over many years. The master blender has sole responsibility for deciding the composition of any one blend. Because master blenders tend to work for the same distillery for many years, they ensure continuity in terms of the character and style of the respective whisky brand they represent. Robert Hicks is only the fourth master blender to have worked at Ballantine's. 40% Vol. 70cl.

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Special notes

Marktleader in der Schweiz

Alcohol content

40.0%

Recipes for this product

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Ratings

Average rating: 4.0 of 5 35 ratings and 9 reviews

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    Average rating: 4.0 of 5 4.0

    Preis-Leistungsverhältnis ist gut!

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    Average rating: 4.0 of 5 4.0

    Qualität und Geschmack OK, neue Flaschenfarbe unmöglikch!

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    Average rating: 4.0 of 5 4.0

    Qualität OK, aber wieso nun diese undursichtigen Flaschen. Man sieht ja nicht mehr wieviel vom Getränk noch vorhanden ist (Restmenge!)

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    Average rating: 5.0 of 5 5.0

    Ich masse mir nicht an, ein Kenner zu sein. Dieser Whisky schmeckt mir einfach sehr gut.

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    Average rating: 4.0 of 5 4.0

    Wir trinken normalerweise J. Walker, aber mit dem tollen Preis- Leistungsverhältnis ist dies ein exzellenter Whisky

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    Average rating: 4.0 of 5 4.0

    l'in des meilleurs "blended" à un prix très concurrentiel.

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    Average rating: 3.0 of 5 3.0

    Nach einigen Flaschen anderen Whiskeys in den letzten Monaten (keine teuren Single Malts) wieder mal ein Ballantines. OMG, was für rein Schock. Was haben die aus dem früher eine JW Red ebenbürtigen Whiskey gemacht? Er scheint dünn und wässrig, ohne Substanz und Kraft. Eine riesige Enttäuschung leider. Hoffe der nächste Mix kommt dem Original wieder näher. - Schade fürs Geld. kein Genuss.

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    Average rating: 5.0 of 5 5.0

    Ein Whisky der über einen langen Zeitraum mit gleichbleibender Qualität geliefert wird, ebenso lange zu einem günstigen Preis erhältlich ist, und von den meisten Scotch-Liebhabern als gut bezeichnet wird.

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    Average rating: 5.0 of 5 5.0

    Pas de goût de scotch se que j'aime.