So I finally followed through on my promise to review Ballantine’s Finest, and I did so on the same day one year later: Ian’s birthday! Not only was it his birthday, but it is now just over one year since I posted my first blog post, so happy birthday to Stories From The Pub and a big thank you to all my readers!
Ian’s birthday celebrations began in the early evening with about a half score dudes clustered inside his apartment, sipping on beers, listening to records, and flailing to finish three pizzas between the ten of us; it was actually quite pathetic. During that time I sampled some Ballantine’s and scribbled some notes. I promptly moved on to beer.
Appearance: pale gold.
Nose: stone fruits such as peaches and apricots, canned pears, sweet malt.
Palate: sweet, like a digestive cookie, a hint of toasted marshmallow, alcohol.
Finish: rather weak, some alcohol burn and crystallized marmalade.
Rating: Blend rating 75/100. A Good price in BC, since in my opinion most of the other bottom priced blends are not as good as this.
Later on in the evening our group was swelled by the addition of two girls, and we descended upon Swans Pub with a thirst for real ale. There was some administrating of shots, some dancing, and a gay old time was had by all. Some of us ended up worse off than the birthday boy, but that’s just life,
Spoon it on!
Swans Brown Ale
Nose: teriyaki and chocolate.
Palate: nutty, malty, and corn syrup.
Finish: teriyaki returns, sweet.
Rating: 3/5 Good