Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel fuses world’s best whiskies to create 7-year Scotch

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Scotch whisky brand, Ballantine’s, has unveiled its latest offering – Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel. The new expression from the Pernod Ricard-owned brand blends Scottish and American traditions to deliver a whisky with depth and a touch of sweetness.

It is a tribute to founder, George Ballantine, who was ageing and selling seven-year-old whisky back in the 1870s…

Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel is distilled by blending single malts and single-grain Scotch whiskies that are aged in oak casks for a minimum of seven years, before being finished in charred American barrels sourced from Kentucky. It is a tribute to founder, George Ballantine, who was ageing and selling seven-year-old whisky back in the 1870s, despite the fact that ageing whisky was not common practice then.

An Ode to Scottish & American Traditions

Thanks to the 7-year ageing process and the finish in American barrels, the whisky combines the depth and complexity of Scotch with the sweet, creamy notes afforded by the American Barrels to give you the best of both worlds.

On the nose, the whisky features sweet toffee apples mixed with honey and vanilla. The palate finds red apples echoing the nose, intermingled with ripe pear and creamy caramel. The finish is long and sweet.

Nthabiseng Motsoeneng, Marketing Director, Pernod Ricard South African & Sub-Saharan Africa says: “Innovation is in our blood, and with Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel, we wanted to clash global whisky cultures to create a unique Scotch whisky with a richer taste. The 7 years of oak cask ageing brings more depth and complexity than Ballantine’s Finest; combined with the American Barrel maturation, it brings in extra layers of richness, creaminess and caramel sweetness.”

A Drink for the Ages

Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel was created for those who dabble in traditional Scotch or American whiskey; it’s for expanding the palate, or those in search of a sweeter taste.

Samuel Phasha, National Brand Ambassador for Ballantine’s at Pernod Ricard South Africa adds: “A great way to enjoy Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel is in an Old Fashioned, with a couple of dashes of orange bitters to complement the sweet notes of the whisky. However, it’s also delicious neat, on the rocks, or with a premium mixer like soda, ginger ale or cola for extra refreshment.”

Recipe: Old Fashioned

A classic Old Fashioned is as good as it gets – perfectly sweet, spicy and smooth. The mixture of Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel, bitters and zesty orange peel creates a rich, intense serve, sweetened by the addition of a muddled sugar cube.


  • 50ml Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel
  • 1 brown cane sugar cube
  • 4 dashes of orange bitters
  • Orange peel for garnish
  • Ice cubes


  • Add the sugar cube to a tumbler and soak with the bitters.
  • Muddle into a paste.
  • Add the ice cubes, pour over the Ballantine’s 7 and stir for a couple of minutes.
  • Add your orange peel garnish, and more ice cubes if required.
  • Enjoy!

Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel is available at major liquor outlets, at a selling price of R349.00. For more information and cocktail recipe inspiration, visit the links below. | Facebook | Instagram

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