Scotch By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / November 28, 2014 Ballantine’s is known for being a popular blended Scotch whisky brand owned by spirits giant Pernod Ricard. It produces a range of aged expressions, the rarest of which is a 40 year old bottling that sees only 100 bottles released each year. 32 of these for this year have found their way to Asian travel retail outlets, commonly in popular airports, and are available for purchase if you have at least $7,000 burning a hole in your pocket and a few minutes to kill in between flights. Ballentine’s 40-Year-Old is typically bottled at 43% ABV. As with almost any whisky of this age and price, the packaging is easily half the story. For this release, according to the Scottish whisky brand, British silversmith Richard Fox was invited to utilise his unique craftsmanship and develop the Ballantine’s 40 Year Old bottle. It features the Ballantine’s crest and signature etched into the glass and inlaid with delicate gold along with five sterling silver elements: the stopper, collar, seal, label and base cup. Each element is individually hallmarked by the London Assay office, a mark of silver quality for over 700 years and then carefully hand-applied to the bottle. Each bottle is engraved with a single number, from 1 to 100 and presented in a beautiful rich, dark wooden cabinet. Tasting notes for this expression are below via Ballentine’s. It will be available in Korea Incheon Airport, Japan International Airport, Hong Kong International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport. Nose: Bursting with rich flavours of ripe pears in syrup and fruitcake, with a background of cinnamon and root ginger. Read More Whiskey NewsWhisky Review: Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2020Taste: Incredible depth. Multi-layers of rich toffee and sweet soft red apple. Finish: A delightful finish that lasts for a blissfully long time. Shop the Johnnie Walker Blue Label at ReserveBar!