Ballantines, Europes No. 1 Scotch whisky and the No.2 Scotch whisky in the world, raises a dram
to the highly anticipated second edition of its Signature Oak range, Ballantines 21 Year Old American Oak, now
available exclusively at Duty Free stores.
Following the success of Ballantine’s 21 Year Old European Oak unveiled in 2015, the limited release is an exceptionally smooth prestigious whisky that celebrates the flavours brought forward while aging in wooden casks and is ideal for the discerning traveller looking for a unique gift to bring home.
The distinct and creamy whisky displays the sweet vanilla characteristic of American Oak cask influence and pays homage to Ballantine’s founding father and visionary, George Ballantine, who recognised the importance of the cask in the development of rare, complex whiskies.
The qualities of American Oak casks are similarly prized by true creators like the Ballantine’s Master Blenders for their creamy vanilla and toffee keynotes, which are revealed to perfection in the Signature American Oak edition of the original Ballantine’s 21 Year Old blend.
“Ballantine’s 21 Year Old American Oak, with its mellowness and depth of flavour, is the ultimate expression of American Oak cask influence,” said Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender.
“Drawing the best from Ballantine’s prestige whisky reserves, we use only rare and exquisite whiskies and nose each cask to ensure a balance between wood and whisky that results in a distinguished blend.” Travellers are encouraged to discover the story of Ballantine’s 21 Year Old American Oak for themselves at a special installation in South Korea’s Incheon and Jeju International Airports, running throughout November and December.
The installation heroes the role of an American Oak, reflecting its 21 rings to show growth over time through an interactive tasting table. By passing a glass across the rings, travellers can discover the unique tasting notes of Ballantine’s 21 Year Old American Oak and immerse themselves in a film that follows the growth of an American Oak tree alongside the maturation of whisky.
Whisky aficionados can also explore an interactive new website – www.echoesofwood.com – to create a personalised film clip showcasing their life’s key events through the lens of the American Oak, pulling photos and videos from Facebook. The website also links to redeemable vouchers for Ballantine’s 21 Year Old American Oak tastings at the airport activation stations.
Ballantine’s 21 Year Old American Oak is available exclusively in duty free stores globally, at a RRP of USD $143 in Asia. For more information visit www.echoesofwood.com.
Ballantine’s 21 Year Old American Oak: Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Vibrant fruity notes of ripe peach, creamy crème brûlée and sweet oaky vanilla
Taste: Indulgent chocolate orange flavours, and vanilla fudge with a warming ginger spice
Finish: Smooth and honey sweet