Ballantine's blended whisky can trace its heritage back to 1827, when George Ballantine, a local farmer's son, opened a small modest grocery store in Edinburgh. Amongst his products, George stocked a modest range of whiskies and spirits. In 1865 George expanded, opening a second, larger store in Glasgow - a location George deemed to be more profitable. His son Archibald was appointed to continue the day-to-day running of the Edinburgh store. It was during this time that George started to experiment with whisky, creating his own unique blends. In 1986, following many years of substantial growth, Ballantine's had become the largest blended whisky label in Europe and the third largest in the world. Ballantine's is now widely regarded as one of the finest blended malt whisky brands in the world.