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What is the difference between blended whisky and blended malt? You would be surprised at the confusion these two expressions can cause among the uninitiated! Blended whisky is a mix of grain whisky and single malt whisky by the same distillery. Blended malt is a blend of two or more single malts by different distilleries. The important thing to note is that there is no grain whisky used in the production of blended malt; this is the key to understanding the difference! Examples of excellent blended malts include The Compass Box range, Peat Monster and Sheep Dip.


Blended malt used to be known as either pure malt (which is equally confusing!) or vatted malt. Vatted malt refers to the process of the individual single malts being blended together in a vat. The SWA (Scotch Whisky Association) has outlawed both of these terms despite a huge backlash from the whisky community who, unsurprisingly, think the new classification is too easily confused with blended whisky.


Despite all the fuss, it is still a Scotch and has to abide by the regulations that govern this historic form of whisky. First and foremost, it must be created in Scotland and be made from malted barley, water and yeast. These ingredients are distilled in copper pot stills, thereby conforming to the rule that states Scotch is made in a batch process. The liquid then has to be aged for a minimum of three years in Oak casks and bottled at 40% ABV or higher.

  • Sheeps Dip Malt whisky 40% 70cl
    Sheep Dip Malt malt whisky has been made using 16 different whiskies.The name derives from a time when farmers hid their home made whisky from the nosey excise officers in barrels marked "sheep Dip". Sheep dip has been made by Richard Paterson, he selected sixteen malts from the four regions of Scotland, aged between eight and twenty one yers and married them in fresh American oak barrels to produce this exceptional whisky.
    £31.50
  • Highland Harvest Blended Malt 40% 70cl Organic
    Highland Harvest Blended Malt has been made using Organic malted barley. The blend is made up of 7 different casks married together to achieve a unique malt with each cask adding its own characteristics. Subtle aromas of malt and grass with some citrus notes. Smooth aand flavourful.
    £32.25
  • The Six Isles 43% 70cl
    The Six Isles is a unique vatting of casks of single malt selected from the six distilling Islands. From Islay in the Southwest to Orkney in the far north.
    Peaty and smoky character of malts of islay is balanced with the soft heather, honey and iodine notes of the Orcadian malts.
    £32.99
  • Angels Nectar Blended Malt 40% 70vl
    This is a blend of fine Speyside and Highland malts named after the natural evaporationof whisky from cask as it ages known affectionately as 'the Angels Share'. This a youthful blend with citrus notes and barley sugar, followed by vanilla, oak and tabacco.
    £33.99
  • Highland Journey Blended Malt Whisky 46.2% 70cl
    Highland Journey is a blended Malt or what used to be called a Vatted Malt. Blending whiskies from some of Scotlands finest distilleries some of which have been matured in American oak casks and Spanish sherry casks, to produce a smooth rich malt which is outstanding value for money.
    £35.99
  • Asyla Compass box Compass Box 40% 70cl
    The secret to making Asyla is the quality of the casks. We use only whiskies aged in first-fill American oak casks because these yield whiskies with
    more vanilla character, more richness and more sweetness than refill casks.
    There is no other blended Scotch whisky on the market that uses whiskies of this quality. Also, there are few blended Scotches that use 50% malt
    whisky as we do (all unpeated malt whiskies). The result is a carefully crafted, elegant Scotch whisky that makes the perfect aperitif.

    Flavour Descriptors
    Sweet, delicate and very smooth on the palate, with flavours of vanilla-cream, cereals and a subtle apple-like fruit character.

    Recommendations
    Ideal as an aperitif served in a white wine or similar glass with chilled water to taste. Try before a meal with shavings of Parmigianno
    Reggiano.

    Distillery Sourcing
    Malt whiskies: Linkwood, Glen Elgin, Teaninich.
    Grain whisky: Cameron Bridge.

    Wood
    100% first-fill American oak ex-Bourbon.
    £35.99
  • Compass Box Oak Cross 43% 70cl
    Oak Cross is a marrying of different oak barrels. Their coopers takes the heads from French oak barrels and put them onto American Bourbon casks. Warmly spiced with cloves and vanilla with sweet fruit and subtle maltiness.
    £39.99
  • Highland Harvest Single Malt Organic 46% 70cl
    A single cask Organic Malt whisky unchill filtered and bottled at 46% vol. From cask no 483 using onlu the purest and best organic Scottish barley to produce a smooth unique malt of real charcater and finesse.
    £39.99
  • The Peat Monster Compass Box 46% 70cl
    The aroma is a highly aromatic combination of fruit, spice and marine peatiness in the form of a beach bonfire. Adding water brings out aromas that remind you of burning ropes and a touch of iodine. In the mouth it is very full on the palate, rich and loaded with flavour: a bacon-fat smokiness, full-blown peat, a maltiness, hints of fruit and spice. The finish goes on seemingly forever, echoing peat and smoke for several minutes after you've had a sip.
    £42.50
  • Angels Nectar Rich Peat edition 46% 70cl
    The Angels Share Peat edition has been made from a selection of heavily peated Highlands malts and the blended to produce this Smoky whisky with rich toffee apple, dark chocolate and peat smoke.
    £42.85
  • The Spice Tree Compass Box 46% 70cl
    Renowned for very high quality, award winning scotch whiskies; creative and innovative thinking are the heart of the Compass Box ethos. You will discover a number of small batch whiskies made in a variety of styles to suit a variety of tastes.

    Spice Tree is a very rich malt whisky with aromas of clove, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. The palate is full, round and sweet, with the spice and vanilla complementing the core distillery characters and leaving a long finish.
    £42.99
  • The Big Smoke 40 Islay Malt 40% 70cl
    Big Smoke 40 is a blended Islay malt whisky. As its name suggestes it has plenty of peaty smoke!
    Colour: White Wine
    Nose: Antiseptic cream, salted butter on toast, distant driftwood bonfires, meringues, peaches and strawberries.
    Taste: Cool and minty. Then smoke and soft charcoal. Currant buns and icing sugar.
    Finish: Crisp and clean with growing oily saltiness and wet wood smoke. Wet grass and a touch of leather
    £29.99
  • Clan Denny Blended Malt Speyside 46.7% 70cl
    Clan Denny is a delicious blend of Malt whiskies from some of Scotlands premier distilleries. A mixture of sherry butts and hogsheads from Macallan, Glenrothes, Mortlach and Tamdhu plus a further two Speyside distilleries which have been kept secret. Fresh ahd fruity sweetness, with vanilla and honey and a touch of spicy toffe on the finish.
    £32.99
  • Elements of Islay Peat 59.3% 50cl
    Big, full on peaty whisky made froma blend of malts from Islay.
    £33.65
  • The Six Isles Pomerol Cask 46% 70cl 2003
    Finished in the finest French oak Pomerol wine casks, the Limited Edition Six Isles brings a new dimension and depth to the original Blended Single Malt Scotch Whisky, enhancing its rich, peaty and honeyed flavours with spicy, red fruit notes.
    Described as having a smoky, spicy nose with notes of strawberries and wine gums, the fruity, peaty body of the Pomerol Finish brings in herbal and chocolate undertones before a fresh, salty and minty finish.

    Masterfully blending six full-bodied Single Malts from each of Scotland's whisky producing islands of Islay, Jura, Skye, Mull, Orkney and Arran, The Six Isles is unique. Bringing together every distinctive style and flavour of each island, from the smoky peat from Islay to the soft, heathery and iodine notes of the Orcadian malt, The Six Isles is as a sensory voyage through the malt whiskies of the islands of Scotland.

    Taking its lead from original Pomerol wine casks, the tube and bottle label of the New Limited Edition Six Isles is an eye-catching deep red with embossed gold lettering, reflecting the high quality of the Island Blended Malt's heritage.

    Just 3,266 bottles of The Six Isles Limited Edition Pomerol Finish will be available throughout the UK and worldwide

    Distlled in 2003
    Bottled 2010
    No of bottles 1 of 3266

    A fine rich colour to deep rich flavours of peat, smoke, honey and spicy red fruit notes, this is a real voyage of discovery through the six Isles.
    £37.91
  • Rock Oyster Small Batch Release 46.8% 70cl
    This blend has been made from malts from Islay, Jura, Arran and Orkney.As the name suggestes it has a coastal charcter with sweet peat smoke and salty brine on the nose. The palate is fresh with peat and honey, liquorice and pepper.
    £37.99
  • Timorous Beastie Small Batch Release 46.8% 70cl
    This is a blend of Highland Malts, which includes Blair Athol, Glen Garioch, Dalmore and Glengoyne in its make up. Its has a floral nose with malted barley and and spicy honey. The palate is spicy to start with boiled fruit, barley sugar and fudge. The finish is soft and sweet with cereals and oaky sweetness.
    £37.99
  • Auld reekie 10 years old 46% 70cl
    Nose:Initial peat smoke and creamy fruits. Lime marmalade & gingerbread. Salty and medicinal notes.

    Taste: Explosion of peat smoke, ash and coastal flavours held together with a silky smooth honeyed sweetness.

    Finish:Long and luscious! Mouth coating and dry ashiness offset by juicy fruits and ginger spice
    £39.99
  • Scallywag Small Batch Release 46% 70cl
    Scallywag is a rich blend of Speyside Malt, from Mortlach, Macallan, Glenrothes, Inchgower and Dailuaine distilleries,matured in a combination of sherry and bourbon hogsheads. Rich and spicy on the nose the the palate is smooth with lots of stewed fruit, christmas cake, dark chocolate and spice. The finish has more citrus notes combines with tobacco, chocolate and ruich fruit cake.
    £39.99
  • Big Peat 46% vol 70cl
    This vatting carries a big peaty (often called phenolic), beachy oceanic slightly ashy selection of Malts from the island of Islay, from where the Laing family hail - and no wonder! - as we have included Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and Port Ellen in the "recipe". Ally these lusty and robust Malts selected for BIG PEAT with the fact that no chill filtration takes place a more old fashioned traditional approach and you will detect a massive amplification of the anticipated sea-faring qualities on the nose, palate, and finish. These are particularly appreciated when consumed leisurely in the same style these Malts have waited for you in the cold, dark and windswept warehouses of Islay.


    But what exactly, you may ask, is a Vatted Malt? It is what the Scotch Whisky industry has traditionally called a marriage of Malts. Such vattings often form the heart and soul of a blended scotch whisky (which carries the lighter tasting grain whisky , to soften matters).
    £41.99
  • Scallywag Cask Strength Limited Edition No.1 53.6% 70cl
    A special limited Edition of Scallywag which is a blend of Speyside single malts bottled at cask strength. Matured in a combination of sherry and bourbon casks the flavours has wonderful flavours of cocoa, dark fruits and spice with a tangy orange finish.
    £48.99
  • Scallywag Limited Edition No.2 54.1% 70cl
    The second edition in the Scallywag cask strength series marries Speyside malts together which have been aged in sweet sherry butts and vanilla laden Bourbon casks. Singles malts from Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes distilleries were used with many matured in sherry butts to give sweet fruit with a spicy edge.
    £49.75
  • Compass Box Enlightenment 46% 70cl
    A new Limited Edition from John Glaser at Compass Box with a release of just 5922 bottles. Englightenment has been made with a blending of 48.2% Clynelish in first fill American barrels, 36.7% Glentauchers in first fill American barrels, 10.8% Balblair in first fill American barrels and 4.3% of Mortlach aged in rejuvenated American barrels.
    Tasting Notes: Flavour Descriptors Fresh, vibrant and uplifting with a mouthfeel that is moreish and mouth-watering. On the nose you will find bright apple and pear, vanilla cream and light violet; on the palate soft spice, gentle citric notes and more of that uplifting orchard fruit characte
    £59.50
  • Flaming Heart Compass Box 48.9% 10th Anniversary
    Flaming Heart is back. To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, Flaming Heart returns in its third limited edition, with a new label illustrated by Alex Machin. Flaming Heart combines Highland, Islay and Island single malts, aged in a combination of American and French oak casks, to create a smokysweet flavour profile like no other Scottish malt whisky.

    This is a whisky inspired by a rock song.
    Appropriate, perhaps, as rock music has long been associated with
    rebellion against various societal norms. And our humble company has been associated, for better or for worse, with a reaction against the industrial traditions of Scotch whisky production.
    We like to think of our approach as reflecting a craft ethos--making whisky better for the sake of it. Flaming Heart is an ideal example of this approach.
    It is a whisky that combines superior, new French oak-matured Highland single malt whiskies with all their fruitiness, richness, spice-like character and sweetness with heavy-peated Islay single malts. The combination yields a complex flavour profile like no other Scotch malt whisky: big, bold, rich, sweet, smoky. In the melodramatic parlance of a rock lyric, it is a whisky born of fire, yet one with a big heart.

    Flavour Descriptors
    A complex and smoky malt whisky with a rich, sweet, spice-laden fruitiness and long, lingering finish.

    Wood
    47% refill American oak, 34% first-fill American
    oak, 19% new French oak.

    Distillery Sourcing
    Single malt whiskies from seven distilleries located in the northern Highlands and Islands. Primarily whiskies from distilleries located in the villages of Brora (Highlands), Port Askaig (Islay) and the Isle of Mull (Islands
    £65.60
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