Blended Whisky

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Blended Scotch is easily the most popular variety of whisky and its production accounts for well over three quarters of all Scottish stocks. Even with the rise in popularity of the single malt, the industry still relies heavily on the income generated by sales of blended whisky. Examples include the very popular Hankey Banister, the Johnny Walker range and Grants.


Blended whisky is defined by the mixing of grain and malt whiskies together, although it is important to realise that all the liquid used in this process must be created by the same distillery. Its consumption has been popular since the late 1800’s but blending was first pioneered at the beginning of the 19th century in order to tame the harsh spirits that were commonplace during that time.


It generally has a lower price point than single malt, due in part to the grain spirit that is used being more economical to produce in large quantities than 100% malted barley. Grain whisky is generally quite balanced and smooth, so to counteract this, malt whisky, with its fuller and more complex flavour, is added in order to create something far more palatable and distinguished.


Standard practice dictates that multiple grain whiskies are used in the blend along with a varying amount of different malts. The levels and quantities used vary wildly from one whisky to the next, despite the same criteria that applies to all Scotch still having to be followed; it must be aged in Oak casks, be distilled in pot stills by batch process and be bottled at over 40% ABV. Obviously this must all be done in Scotland! Although blended whisky will never be able to compete with single malt in the price game, its production is a worthy and skilled craft that produces some excellent drams for the discerning whisky drinker to enjoy.

  • Pigs Nose 5 years old 40% 70cl
    Pigs nose Blended whisky aged for 5 years has been created by Richard Paterson Scotland only third generation Master Blender. The whiskies signature "smoothness" is rooted in its specially selected Speyside, Islay and Lowland malts which have been aged in oak casks. These are then married with gentle grain whiskies, to produce a whisky as smooth as a pigs nose!
    £23.99
  • Ballantines 17 years old 43% 70cl
    Ballantine 17 years old is a revered whisky. Complex and vibrant, with honeyed sweetness and hints of oak and peat smoke.
    Golden amber in colour, with deep and elegant nose, this is a complete and luscious whisky full of subtlety, character and colour.
    £49.99
  • The Naked Grouse Blended Whisky 40% 70cl
    The Naked Grouse blended whisky is a deluxe blended whisky made using malts from Macallan and Highland park which have been matured in sherry cask to priduce a richer style and a full flavour.
    £28.75
  • Compass Box Great King Street Blended Whisky 43% 50cl
    More than just a new brand, Great King Street is a mission, a mission dedicated to reviving interest in one style of whisky only: Blended Scotch Whisky. This is the style of Scotch whisky that combines flavourful single malt whiskies with delicate, elegant single grain whiskies.There are good reasons why the blending of grain whisky and malt whisky has been the mainstay of the Scotch business for well over 150 years. Well-made Blended Scotch Whiskies have an elegance and approachability that make them a joy to drink. They are far more versatile than other styles of whisky, equally enjoyable drunk on their own or with ice, soda water, or in cocktails.

    Malt Advocate 91 points.
    £25.99
  • Johnnie Walker Double Black 40% 70cl
    Special Limited Edition of Johnnie Walker. The JW Double Black is a smokier more intense Black Label. The Master blender has taken whiskies that are smokier in character for the blend and whiskies matured in charred wood. In a blind taste test Double Black beat all competitors as well as JW Gold and Green labels.
    The Bottle is tinted charcoal grey to reflect the darker black character. With more gold iconography crest and striding man
    £32.99
  • Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve 40% 70cl
    Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is the new bottling, replacing the Johnnie Walker Gold Label 18 years old. This is a great addition to the range, using single malt from the Clynelish distillery to give the deluxe blend its distinct flavour.
    £47.99
  • Campbeltown Loch 21 years old 46% 70cl
    The eagerly awaited 21 year old of Campbeltwon Loch has arrived! Frank McHardy, Gavin McLachlan and the production team have created a racker. This blended whisky consists of 60% malt (12 single malts) and 40% grain and is bottled at 46% which of course is the standard bottling
    strength of Springbank whiskies. There are 6,000 bottles available worldwide
    £73.45
  • Great King Street Glasgow Blend Compass Box 43% 50cl
    Dedicated to the people of Glasgow who prefered their whisky more full-bodied and flavoured packed. Compass Box has therefore re-created this style with their Great King Street Glasgow edition. Made from a blend of rich peated and sherry casked aged whiskies with dried fruits and wine character, rich and full and rounded with sweetness.
    £30.50
  • Spirit of Freedom 45 45% 70cl
    Blended Scotch whisky bottled by Springbank distillery containing 45 different whiskies from across Scotland
    £24.99
  • Grants 12 years old Blended Scotch 40% 70cl
    Full flavoured and rich with only the finest 12 year old malt and grain whiskies used in this blend selected by their master blender.
    Tasting notes: A rich and complex nose with vibrant aromas of sweet vanilla maltiness, candied fruit and spice. The palate balances deep vanilla sweetness with cinnamon bite. A long smooth finish with hints of warm smoke and silky rich honey.
    £31.20
  • Antiquary 12 years old 40% 70cl
    This superb 12 year old Scotch whisky has been blended from a selection of Scotland's finest malt and grain whiskies. It contains an unusually high percentage of malt which contributes to its exceptionally smooth, long lingering after taste.

    Tasting Notes
    :Nose
    :Peaty, earthy and solid, while in direct contrast displaying delicate fresh lemony lime characters. Nicely rounded and malty.
    Palate
    :Mellow, yet feisty, predominantly malty, citrus flavours come through well with a gentle peaty touch.
    Short yet full, pleasant lingering peatiness
    Palate Finish
    Short yet full, pleasant lingering peatiness
    £27.99
  • The Antiqueray 21 years old 43% 70cl
    This award winning whisky is the jewel in the Antiquary crown. tactile and sensual on the outside smooth, sweet and velvety on the inside. The blend combines fine Speyside and Highland malts with a splash of Islay and the fragrance of Lowland grains - all of them at least 21 years old - and together creating a truly exceptional taste.

    70cl; ABV 43%
    £82.99
  • Johnnie Walker Blue Label 40% 70cl
    Johnnie Walker Blue label is a super luxury blended whisky and one of the most famous. JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL is a big flavoured whisky that reflects the Walker family's belief that neither whisky age alone, nor whisky from a single location, is enough to achieve the creation of an unrivalled masterpiece today. Layers of big flavour, deep richness and smoke, layers of honey and fruit and an incredibly smooth finish deliver the truly rare character of JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL.
    £165.00
  • Black Bottle Blended Whisky 40% 70cl
    The Blend with the Heart of Islay.

    This blend captures the essence of Islay in an artful marriage of the island's classic malts alongside some of the finest grain whiskies available.

    Unique among blended Scotch Whisky, Black Bottle is a blend that combines all the Islay malts.
    £21.75
  • J&B Rare Whisky 40% 70cl
    A blend of 42 different whiskies combining light grain whisky and smoother malt. Malt is mostlty from Speyside distilleries Knockando (a high proportion of the blend), Auchroisk, Glen Spey and Strathmill and is mixed then mellow with a further year's age in oak casks. Malt and grain whisky are blended and diluted from 61% to 40% abv with de-mineralised water. Colour may be increased by a small addition of caramel before the whisky is filtered into bottle.
    £21.50
  • Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 years old 40% 70cl
    With its origins in the 1870s Old Special Whisky, JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK LABEL became simply BLACK LABEL in 1909. It is regarded by experts as the ultimate Scotch deluxe whisky, the benchmark by which all others are measured.

    Each bottle of BLACK LABEL will have been two decades in the planning and draws whisky from the finest distilleries across Scotland aged in the finest whisky casks. Each whisky is matured in a slightly different way, due to the intricacies of wood, climate and location. The Master Blenders' skill is in blending these whiskies together to create a whisky with an extraordinary range of flavour.

    A continued focus on quality and style has resulted in JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK LABEL earning numerous awards. Today the blend remains as rich and smooth as it was when John Walkers son and grandson were Master Blenders. It has been called a masterpiece, the Michelangelos David of the blenders art, the very best in its category Charles Maclean, whisky writer, and the Savoy, the Everest of deluxe whiskies Jim Murray, author of the Whisky Bible.

    BLACK LABEL retains the authenticity of its creator and currently outsells every other deluxe Blended Scotch Whisky around the globe. That its stood the test of time is testament to the pioneering spirit and the skills of the Walker family
    £33.45
  • Johnnie Walker Red Label 40% 70cl
    A rich, full-bodied blend of up to 35 of the finest aged single malts and grain whiskies. Red label is bursting with flavour and the favourite of millions of people the world over.
    £25.50
  • Ballantines Finest 40% 70cl
    The original flavour, complexity and refinement comes from more than 50 single malt flavours. The unmistakable Ballantine's flavour is dependent on these 50 single malts, 4 single grains and in particular the fingerprint malts from Miltonduff and Glenburgie.
    £22.50
  • Chivas Regal 12 years old 40% 70cl
    Chivas Regal 12 year old is a whisky you can enjoy anywhere at ant time, because it is easy to appreciate and share.It has a renowned smoothness, and a honeyed, fruity taste.
    Tasting Notes.
    Colour : Radiant warm amber.
    Nose : An aromatic infusion of wild herbs, heather, honey and orchard fruits.
    Taste : Round and creamy on the palate, full rich taste of honey and ripe apples, with vanilla, hazelnut and butterscotch notes.
    Finish : Rich and lingering.
    £31.99
  • Cutty Sark Blended Whisky 40% 70cl
    CUTTY SARK Scots Whisky was created in March 1923 when the partners of wine & spirit merchants BB&R discussed the launch of a new whisky. At the time, the popularity of Scotch Whisky was beginning to grow around the world. Senior partner Francis Berry had a strong belief in the potential for a new style of whisky - a naturally elegant and smooth whisky that could appeal to the palates of their fine wine clientele and that would challenge the conventions of the Scotch category. He insisted that only the finest and most delicate malt whiskies should be selected for the new blend and that the whisky should be naturally light in colour
    £21.50
  • Hankey Bannister 40% 70cl
    Hankey Bannister is exported to over 40 countries worldwide. It has a major presence in all major European markets with other key markets including South Africa, Latin America and Australia. Hankey Bannister also now performs exceptionally well in the Travel Retail sector, worldwide.

    The Hankey Bannister partnership was formed in 1757 by Messrs Hankey & Bannister. Hankey & Bannister became established as one of the finest suppliers of wines and spirits in the UK with a customer base which boasted royalty such as Prince Regent, William IV and the Dukes of Norfolk & Queensberry. Hankey Bannister also enjoyed an elevated position in Downing Street as a favourite drink of Sir Winston Churchill, the famous wartime Prime Minister.

    Attractively packaged in the classic Hankey Bannister bottle, this exclusive presentation reflects the traditions of Scotch whisky distilling. Generations of experience have combined to create a blended whisky of individual character and smoothness. Many factors contribute to this q
    £16.99
  • Poit Dhubh 8 years old 40% 70cl
    Poit Dhub is a vatted or blended malt pronouced 'Potch Goo'
    £31.50
  • The Famous Grouse Mellow Gold 40% 70cl
    This is a new Famous Grouse whisky to the range which is made with whiskies that have been matured in Spanish sherry casks and charred American oak Bourbon casks to give this whisky a smooth , mellow and rich flavour with a sweeter side.
    £20.50
  • The Famous Grouse Smoky Black 40% 70cl
    This Version of The Famous Grouse uses peaty whiskies in the blend along with some Glenturret and grain whiskies to produce a whisky with a distinctive smoky character, rich and smooth.
    £17.99
  • Cutty Sark Storm Blended Whisky 40% vol

    Cutty Sark Storm has been created to provide a richer whisky than the standard Cutty Sark. Made from a blend of single malts from Macallan, Highland Park and and some grain whisky to produce a full flavoured whisky which is smooth and lingering.

    £22.99
  • Compass Box The Double Single Blended Scotch 46% 70cl
     

    The Double Single contains single malt whisky from the Glen Elgin distillery (72% of the recipe) and single grain whisky from the Girvan distillery.

    The elegantly complex, ethereal malt whisky character is balanced on a decadent cushion of rich, sweet, vanilla-tinged grain whisky character. 

    The combination is a deeply satisfying yet versatile whisky, perfect served as an rich aperitif before a winter’s dinner, or as a rewarding post-prandial any time of year.

    £143.99
  • Grants Ale Cask 40% 70cl
    Grant's ale cask reserve has been created using the expertise and passion for whisky of independent family distiller William Grant & Sons.

    It is a blend of the finest Scotch whiskies finished in specially selected casks that previously contained traditionally brewed Edinburgh strong ale.

    The ale casks imbue the whisky with a distinctively soft and creamy taste, silky smooth texture and a long honeyed finish.
    £18.99
  • Islay Mist Deluxe Blend 40% 70cl
    A very good blended whisky, with its distinctive flavours ruted in Islay, using the malt whisky of laphroaig to impart its smoky flavour, finishing with a sweet twist of grain whiskies.
    £20.99