Ballantine’s releases second Signature Oak 21YOBy Kristiane Sherry
Pernod Ricard Travel Retail has launched Ballantine’s 21 Year Old American Oak, the second edition in its TR-exclusive Signature Oak blended Scotch range.
A follow-up to the first expression released in 2015, the latest launch is described as a “distinct and creamy”, “exceptionally smooth prestige whisky” that focuses on the vanilla characteristic of American oak.
“Ballantine’s 21 Year Old American Oak is the ultimate expression of American Oak cask influence,” said Sandy Hyslop, Ballantine’s Master Blender.
“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.”
Given nosing and tasting notes include ripe peach, crème brûlée, oaky vanilla, chocolate orange, fudge and ginger spice.
Positioned to tap into the gifting market, the second edition Ballantine’s 21 Year Old American Oak will be the subject of an installation at South Korea’s Incheon and Jeju International Airports throughout November and December.
The activation will feature an interactive tasting table featuring 21 rings – reminiscent of the rings of an American oak tree growing over time – over which shoppers can pass a glass to discover tasting notes, and watch a film detailing the whisky’s maturation.
Ballantine’s 21 Year Old American Oak is bottled at 40% abv. It is available in travel retail now, priced at US$143 for a 70cl bottle.
Last month, Ballantine’s partnered with music video director and photographer Dave Ma to launch three limited edition gift packs as part of its annual Artist Series.