A brief history of Ballantines whiskey

Regarded as a rich and elegant scotch ballantines whiskey has a place of its own in the world of fine whiskies. Ballantines whiskey is the perfect whiskey that suits the modern lifestyle and its rich flavors endear it to many. This fantastic drink boasts more than 50 single malt flavors. The malts from Miltonduff and Glenburgie make this balanced drink truly sophisticated.

Ballantines has a history that dates back to the year 1827 when a farmers son named George Ballantine started a small grocery store in Edinburgh. He used to sell select range of whiskies from his store. His clientele was sophisticated and distinguished.

In the year 1865 George decided to expand his business and handed over the running of the store to his eldest son and focused all his attention in opening and running a larger establishment in Glasgow. This is where he intended to focus solely on wines and spirits. Among his clientele were members of the British royal family. He created and experimented with various blends and when that met with success he roped in his younger son George Junior into the business. The establishment was now called George Ballantine and Sons Ltd. His business grew steadily and he soon added a warehouse and began exporting scotch whiskey.

George Ballantine retired from active business in 1881 and died 10 years later. Meanwhile his son George junior continued the family tradition before eventually accepting a buy out offer from Barclay and McKinlay. The new owners retained the old name and cashed in on the tremendous goodwill and loyal customer base. They also began developing Ballantine’s as a brand. As the brand name grew there was a need for additional resources as now the world was their market and hence in the year 1937 Hiram Walker Gooderham & Worts a Canadian Distilling firm acquired the business. The first thing that the new owners did was buy a distillery at Miltonduff, near Elgin and license it to Ballantine’s.

It was also in the same year, 1937 that the company received the Grant of Heraldic Arms and was recognized as “incorporation noble on the Noblesse of Scotland’. To this day the heraldic arms decorate the grant and appear on every bottle of Ballantine’s scotch whiskey.

Today ballantines whiskey is a well established global brand with instant customer recall. The range includes four distinct products Ballantine’s Finest, Gold seal, 30 Year old, and 17 Year old.

Today the firm has maturing warehouses at Dumbuck near Dumbarton, Willowyard near Beith in Ayrshire.
Today Ballantine’s whiskey has one of the most advanced blending and bottling units at Kilmalid and is considered to be one of the finest in Europe. In the year 1988 this company became a part of the Allied Domecq Spirits and Wine conglomerate. A truly global brand its reputation and customer base continues to grow steadily.