The blended whisky category has been in existence since the mid-19th century and remains the foundation of the industry. Blended Scotch is simply a mix of malt and grain whiskies. Some blends use only a limited number of malts,(The Famous Grouse uses only a dozen or so); others, many more - around 40 malts go into Johnnie Walker Black Label and ... Read More »
A 20cl bottle of McCallum's Perfection. This blended whisky uses a large proportion of malt from Cragganmore distillery in Speyside. This is rounded with a heat of peat and is a big brand down in Australasia.
A half bottle of McCallum's Perfection Blended Scotch Whisky. The brand was founded in 1807 by Duncan & John McCallum Limited of Edinburgh, who were originally innkeepers as well as being wine and spirit merchants. Cragganmore is thought to represent a large part of the base.
A half bottle of Peter Dawson Special Blended Scotch Whisky. Peter Dawson owned a distillery called Auchnagie in Ballinluig near Pitlochry before moving to Glasgow, whereupon he used his contacts to create his special blended whisky.
A half bottle of Black & White Blended Whisky. Created in the late 19th century by James Buchanan, the famous terriers have graced the label since the 1890s. An everyday drinking blend that has even inspired a hit song (by Polish band Kombi).
King Robert II is a blended scotch whisky from Ian Macleod Distillers, who of course are owners of Glengoyne (and now Tamdhu), as well as bottlers of the excellent Isle of Skye blend and the Chieftain's Choice range of single malts.
A half bottle of Bulloch Lade's Gold Label Blended Scotch Whisky. They were very highly regarded blenders and were even former owners of Caol Ila (from 1863 to 1920). This bottle was intended for the French market.
Enormously popular blend that has come on in leaps and bounds over the last ten years. Bell's signature malt is from Blair Athol, with contributions from the likes of Caol Ila, Glenkinchie, Dufftown and Inchgower.
Johnnie Walker Red Label was launched in its current form in 1909, though it had existed as Walker's Special Old Highland Red Label for some years previously. Alexander Walker blended a type of whisky which is more suited to mixing with soda than the heavier, more old-fashioned whiskies, and named it after his grandfather, who had started the family business in 1820. Today it is the world's most popular whisky and is sold in more than 200 markets world-wide.
Despite the fact that the label is quite clearly a pale yellow colour, Dewar's White Label this remains a hugely popular blend, especially Stateside. Dewar's whiskies have won more than 400 awards and medals in over 20 countries.