Blended Malt Whisky

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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.

  • 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).
    £42.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shackleton The Journey Blended Malt Mackinlay's 47.3% 70cl
    The second bottling 'The Journey' recreating the whisky found in Antartica which has part of Ernest Shackletons Expedition to Antartica in 1907 aboard the ship, Nimrod. Expertly recreated by head distillery Richard Paterson of Whyte & Mackay. Presented in an authentic bottle of that time.
    The Journey Edition of Mackinlay's takes the same base of single malts used to create the original Discovery Edition and, still inspired by the original recipe, builds on them to create a noticeably different dram - a more elegant and refined interpretation.
    £82.30
  • 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
  • Compass Box The Lost Blend 46% 70cl
    New limited Edition form the Chaps at Compass Box The Lost Blend. Made to the recipe of their very first whisky Eleuthera this has been made from some old Allt-A-Bhaine, Clynelish and Caol Ila. These two fruity malts from the Highlands combine with the peaty Islay malt to produce a complex malt with ethereal fruit and herbal character and a sweetness on the palate, with an underlying smokiness.
    £99.95
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Burnside 27 years old Cadenheads Small Batch 46.5% 70cl
    Burnside is a rare blended malt from the Speyside. Bottled from 2 bourbon casks and aged for 27 years.
    1 per customers
    £133.75
  • 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
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