Ballantine's is one of the best-selling blended Scotch whiskys in the world and for many of its fans is synonymous with Scotch in general. The success story began in Scotland in 1827 with George Ballantine, who, as the son of a farmer, opened a shop in Edinburgh. The wine and spirits trade developed well and the business was passed on to son Archibald Ballantine. With an expansion to Glasgow, the creation of their own blended whiskys was also started. Shortly after the death of George Ballantine, the company had the great honor of being granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria. How does Ballantine's taste? The soft blended Scotch convinces with its notes of vanilla and coconut. In older versions you will find notes of honey, toffee and fine spices. Around 50 single malts play a role in Ballantine's Blend, but the three most important are Miltonduff, Glenburgie and Glentauchers. Today, Ballantines belongs to Chivas Brothers, who produce another major blended Scotch brand, Chivas Regal.