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 »
We've found another parcel of stock of the famous Campbeltown Loch, the special blend made by Mitchell's - owners of Springbank. A significant proportion of this will be 30yo Springbank, yet despite the age this is a very approachable, elegant dram.
A superb, and very rare, high-strength blend released many decades ago by the Drambuie company. As the name suggests, this was bottled at full UK 'proof' (57.1%), although as it was for the US market the label uses the US measure of 114.2 proof.
A 1960s bottle of the Grant's Standfast blend. But wait - where's the iconic triangular bottle?! A small label on the back explains: "...because of the national bottle shortage and also because of the outstanding demand for Grant's Scotch Whisky this year".
A rare blended Scotch introduced in the USA in the mid 1960s as part of a cash-raising scheme for the then-penurious St. Edmund Hall of Oxford University. The hall licensed a variety of beverages based on their own blends for sale in the States in order to cash in on the university's unique cachet.
The blend from Royal Lochnagar, named for distillery founder John Begg. This blend is sadly departed now, with its brand name tucked away in a folder at Diageo, but this 1970s bottling looks great and still features their tagline - 'Take a peg!'