Once upon a time, there was a girl. Her parents weren't quite sure what to name her. The mother, thinking of places she wished that the girl would see, suggested India and Alexandria.
The father did not quite like these ideas, but he did like his liqueur. One man suggested to the father, "name her after your favorite scotch! If you do, I shall make it worth your while.
" Thus, the father decided, "This girl shall be Ballentine," and for every year afterward, on the day of her birth, he received a bottle of that scotch.