Ballantine’s Hard Fired
Ballantine’s // Scotland
Launched in late 2015, Ballantine’s Hard Fired is made using a "bespoke" cask charring process much different from other expressions in the brand's core range. Mature malt and grain whiskies are selected for blending before finishing in double-charred American oak barrels. These barrels were second-fill ex-bourbon casks, brought to the cooperage to be charred a second time, a process known as "hard firing." It's bottled at 40% ABV.
BlendedComprised of both single malt(s) and single grain(s) often from many different distilleries; if Scotch or Irish must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels; Irish may include single pot still whiskey in the blend.
Cask Typedouble-charred American oak