Blended Scotch 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Spirit of Freedom 45 45% 70cl
    Blended Scotch whisky bottled by Springbank distillery containing 45 different whiskies from across Scotland
  • 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.
  • 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%
  • 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
    :Peaty, earthy and solid, while in direct contrast displaying delicate fresh lemony lime characters. Nicely rounded and malty.
    :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
  • 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.
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