Planet Whiskies :: Scottish Single Malt Whisky, Scotch, Distilleries, American Bourbon, Japanese, Irish

World-Wide Whisky News by Planet Whiskies | Buy your whisky online

To advertise on Planet Whiskies visit our contact us page

Ballantine’s Releases Unique Blend To Mark 2013 Ballantine’s Championship - 3rd April, 2013

Ballantine's Championship Bottle 2013 Cabinet with Bottle Leather.Ballantine’s, the No.2 ultra-premium and Prestige Scotch whisky range in Asia-Pacific, has unveiled the 2013 Ballantine’s Championship Blend after exclusively bringing together Master Blender Sandy Hyslop and winner of the 2012 Ballantine’s Championship, Bernd Wiesberger, to create the sixth unique expression of the prestigious blend.

The 2013 Championship Blend has been created with a selection of exceptional whiskies, aged for at least 41 years, and is being released to commemorate this year’s tournament which is taking place in Icheon, South Korea from 25 - 28 April 2013.

Just ten individually numbered bottles of this rare limited edition will be produced, with one being gifted to Wiesberger as reigning Ballantine’s Championship winner and collaborator in the creation of this year’s blend.  A bottle will also be reserved for the 2013 champion and another will be auctioned during the tournament for charitable causes.

This exclusive and exceptional blend is presented in a prestigious bottle with a handcrafted and gold finished metal band which bears the individual bottle number alongside the signatures of its two creators, Sandy Hyslop and Bernd Wiesberger. The bottle also features Ballantine’s unique crest carefully etched onto the glass, enhancing the brand’s proud heritage and excellence. The bottle sits in a solid wooden cabinet with a premium leather cover featuring the iconic Ballantine’s ‘B’ and gold coloured metal band. Interior leather panels on each of the cabinet doors, bearing a quote from Hyslop and Wiesberger, and a leather bound booklet complete the luxurious presentation of the 2013 Championship Blend, highlighting Ballantine’s association with golf and the uniqueness of the blend.

Ballantine's Championship Bottle 2013 Cabinet Open RenderSince the inaugural event in 2008, Ballantine’s has established the unique tradition of creating an exclusive Championship Blend each year, created by Master Blender Sandy Hyslop with the reigning Championship winner. Wiesberger becomes only the fourth person in history outside of Ballantine’s expert blending team to be invited to work with a Master Blender in creating a Ballantine’s blend, with previous winners, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell MBE and Marcus Fraser having been granted the same privilege over the past five years. This year, Sandy Hyslop personally guided Wiesberger through a tasting of extremely rare and high quality grain and malt whiskies to assess which flavours he preferred before carefully blending the golfer’s selection.

Sandy Hyslop comments: “It was a pleasure to introduce Bernd Wiesberger to the art of blending while creating the 2013 Ballantine’s Championship Blend. We’ve created a truly unique blend that reflects Bernd’s own taste and character but is still true to Ballantine’s signature style – soft, sweet, elegant and balanced. I’m delighted with the results and I believe this Championship Blend is a fitting tribute to the shared flair, craftsmanship and excellence of Ballantine’s and professional golf.”

Bernd Wiesberger added: “It has been a privilege and an honour to join Ballantine’s Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, in creating this special whisky. It will have a place of honour in my home, sitting alongside the Ballantine’s Championship trophy until an occasion so special that I am willing to drink it.”

Peter Moore, Ballantine’s Global Brand Director, says: “The Ballantine’s Championship Blend is a unique tradition that celebrates the shared values and heritage of Ballantine’s and golf, so we are thrilled to release this year’s unique expression, one of the rarest and most exclusive whiskies ever produced by our Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop. The synergy between Ballantine’s and golf has never been stronger and we are extremely proud to be associated with one of the most prestigious golf events in Asia, where our sponsorship investment, both at the top of the game and at grass roots level, marks our deepening commitment to world-class golf.”

Ballantine’s association with golf can be traced back to 1960 when the first Ballantine’s Tournament took place at Wentworth Golf Course in the UK. Since Ballantine’s became the title sponsor of the Championship in 2008, many professional golfers have demonstrated their world-class talents at the Ballantine’s Championship and the event has fast become one of Asia’s most prestigious golfing events, with over 45,000 spectators in 2012 and coverage broadcast to 300 million homes worldwide.

Read more at www.ballantines.com

<< Back to all the latest whisky news brought to you by Planet Whiskies

Planet Whiskies on Twitter
Planet Whiskies on Facebook
Planet Whiskies on Pinterest

Whisky Advent Calendars

Are we looking for the unique whisky advent calendar for the run-up to Christmas? With 24 whiskies in each all with different types of whisky, you know you're in for a treat. We have over 50 calendars that can be bought online that contain whisky and other spirits. To see the full section, please go to Whisky Advent Calanders on Planet Whiskies.

The Whisky Shop Advent Calendar 2019

24 Advent Drams - Whisky Advent Calendar 24x3cl

Buy online today for only £99.00

American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky
American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky ~ 46.5% ~ 72cl

Buy Now for £124.95


Irish Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky
Irish Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky ~ 44.3% ~ 72cl

Buy Now for £149.95


Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky
Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky ~ 44.9% ~ 72cl

Buy Now for £199.95


Premium Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky
Premium Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky ~ 46% ~ 72cl

Buy Now for £249.95


That Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky
That Boutique-y Whisky Company Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky ~ 48.4% ~ 72cl

Buy Now for £149.95


Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky
Old & Rare Whisky Advent Calendar (2019 Edition) Blended Whisky ~ 47.6% ~ 72cl

Buy Now for £999.95


View all Whisky Advent Calendars and other advent calendars with Gin, Tequila, Vodka, Absinthe, Armagnac, Mezcal and Rum

Subscribe to Planet Whiskies newsletter

* indicates required


Loch Fyne Whiskies

Loch Fyne Whiskies

Have you seen all the whisky specials on offer at Loch Fyne Whiskies in Inveraray? All orders placed have next day delivery. Click to discover all these fantastic offers... Read More

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

View latest whisky news

Gordon & MacPhail Reveals Unique Single Malts For Christmas: Malts from Old Pulteney and Glenlivet

Gordon & MacPhail Reveals Unique Single Malts For Christmas: Malts from Old Pulteney and Glenlivet

Single malt whisky creator Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled a duo of special bottlings from its iconic Connoisseurs Choice range for Christmas gifting. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

Islay whisky collection up for auction in aid of RNLI: A Group of seven malt whiskies from each of Islay’s coastal distilleries Goes Under The Hammer

Group of seven malt whiskies from each of Islay’s coastal distilleries Goes Under The Hammer for RNLI

The Islay Sea Collection, a group of seven malt whiskies from each of Islay’s coastal distilleries presented in a one of a kind display case is set to go under the hammer in this month’s Just Whisky auction with all proceeds going to the Portrush and Islay volunteer lifeboat crews. Read more

-------------------------------------------------

Great Whiskies Website

Buy Whisky online go to Great Whiskies (Planet Whiskies sister website)

Planet Gin Website

To read all the Latest Gin News. please go to our sister website - www.planetgin.com

VisitScotland Interactive Whisky Guide

Visit Scotland Interactive Whisky Map

Found out about 105 whisky distilleries in Scotland's five whisky regions in this very exciting interactive whisky guide :: More information

Some Scottish Whisky Available to Buy Online

The John Walker King George V Blended Whisky
The John Walker King George V Blended Whisky ~ 43% ~ 70cl

Region: Other Scotch  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £449.95
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Avonside-Glenlivet 35 Year Old 1938 Blended Whisky
Avonside-Glenlivet 35 Year Old 1938 Blended Whisky ~ 43% ~ 75cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £2,850.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Glenfarclas 1984 (cask 6029) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release Single Malt Whisky
Glenfarclas 1984 (cask 6029) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release Single Malt Whisky ~ 47.1% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £4,991.69
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1974 (cask 1068) - Signatory Single Malt Whisky
Ardbeg 23 Year Old 1974 (cask 1068) - Signatory Single Malt Whisky ~ 51.2% ~ 70cl

Region: Islay  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £1,399.95
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Caol Ila 40 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing) Single Malt Whisky
Caol Ila 40 Year Old - The Kinship (Hunter Laing) Single Malt Whisky ~ 44.9% ~ 70cl

Region: Islay  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £1,600.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Canadian Club Classic 12 Year Old (1.14L) - 1967 Blended Whisky
Canadian Club Classic 12 Year Old (1.14L) - 1967 Blended Whisky ~ 40% ~ 114cl

Region: Canadian  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £432.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old Single Malt Whisky ~ 46.3% ~ 70cl

Region: Islay  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £345.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Pinwinnie 12 Year Old - 1970s Blended Whisky
Pinwinnie 12 Year Old - 1970s Blended Whisky ~ 43% ~ 175cl

Region: Scotch  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £504.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Balvenie 16 Year Old Rose (2nd Release) Single Malt Whisky
Balvenie 16 Year Old Rose (2nd Release) Single Malt Whisky ~ 50.3% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £2,500.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Macallan 25 Year Old 1993 - North Star Spirits Single Malt Whisky
Macallan 25 Year Old 1993 - North Star Spirits Single Malt Whisky ~ 49.2% ~ 70cl

Region: Speyside  ~  Type:   Scottish


Buy Now for £1,495.00
World-wide delivery available - Price Subject to Change


Planet Whiskies on Pinterest

Planet Whiskies on Twitter