One of the things we love most about whisky is its caramel and vanilla flavours – so when a brand dedicates itself to intensifying these notes through a new production process, we sit up and take note. For its latest release, Ballantine's has chosen fire its American oak barrels twice – which is known as hard firing – to intensify the smokey, sweet and spicy aromas that are eventually found in the finished product. As for what cocktail to use the serve in, it's a no-brainer – a perfectly balanced old fashioned.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Ballantine’s Hard Fired
  • 12.5ml maple syrup
  • 2 dots Black Walnut bitters
  • 2 brandy-soaked cherries, to garnish
  • Ballantine’s Hard Fired-soaked prune
  • Ice

 

Method

Hand-crack ice from freezer and add to a rocks glass. Add ingredients listed above and stir/dilute mixture. Place two cherries and one Ballantine’s Hard Fired-soaked prune on copper cocktail stick and place on top of rim of glass.

Ballantine's Hard Fired is available to buy in duty-free stores; ballantines.com