George Ballantine and Son
- 111-113 De Renfrew Road
- Renfrewshire, Scotland
- United Kingdom
Ballantine's is one of the most popular brands of Blended Scotch Whiskies, the second best selling in the world. The blend at the base of the brand's products is composed of 50 Single Malts - of which the "soul" are those coming from the Miltonduff and Glenburgie distilleries - and 4 Grain Whiskies, which together create a quality and extremely versatile drink.
History of Ballantine's
Ballantine's story begins in 1827, when the very young George Ballantine, son of farmers, opened his own wine and spirits shop in Edinburgh. In 1865, George entrusted the business to his eldest son and opened a larger store in Glasgow. It was during this period that the Ballantine family began experimenting with blending, and immediately found great success among the shop's customers. In 1881, George Junior took over the reins of the business and took it off. It was only a few years later, in 1895, that George Ballantine&Son received the Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria.
In 1910, what is still the brand's flagship product, Ballantine's Finest, appeared on the market. In 1919, George Junior sold the business to Barclay and McKinlay, who sold it to the famous Canadian entrepreneur Hiram Walker in 1935. Walker, at the time, had already bought several Scottish distilleries, including Miltonduff and Glenburgie, which continued to supply the most important Single Malts of the Finest's blend.
In 1987, Hiram Walker sold Ballantine's to Allied Domecq, who in turn sold it to the French group Pernod Ricard in 2005.
Over the years, Ballantine's product portfolio has expanded considerably, without losing the quality that sets it apart.
In addition to several special editions, such as the Club Collection dedicated to the most iconic clubs and discos, Ballantine's has launched three Single Malts on the market, dedicated to the three main ingredients that make up the blend of its Finest: the Single Malts from the Miltonduff, Glenburgie and Glentaucher distilleries.