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 »
An old bottle of Chivas Regal 12 year old blended whisky, one of the best selling brands in the world. The spiritual home of the blend is Strathisla distillery, one of the many malts contained within. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1970s.
An old 2-litre bottling of Haig Gold label. John Haig & Co claim to be the oldest Scotch Whisky distillers in the world, and with a history dating back to at least the 17th century, they're probably not wrong. We estimate this bottle dates from the 1970s.
A bottle of Campbeltown Loch's now defunct 25 year old blended whisky (replaced by the 21 year old). The brand is owned by J & A Mitchell, so a large proportion of the malt can be expected to come from their Campbeltown distillery - Springbank.
A limited edition bottling of White Horse blended Scotch whisky released to commemorate the America's Cup of 1987. White Horse was first produced back in 1861 and is known for its use of certain single malts in the blend from the (now) Diageo stable, namely Lagavulin, Talisker, Caol Ila and Linkwood. This is presented in a gorgeous ship's decanter made by Royal Doulton.
A 1970s bottling of Inver House's Green Plaid Blended Scotch Whisky. Launched in the USA in 1956, it remains one of the top 10 selling Blended Scotch Whiskies there. Plaid is the name for the material used to make a traditional kilt and legend has it that Somerled, a 12th Century Viking warrior who was the first Lord of the Isles had a green one.
An old bottle of King Edward I blended Scotch Whisky. We have to admit to not knowing a great deal about this brand, apart from the fact it was established in 1903 and was produced by Clan Munro Limited. We estimate this was bottled in the 1970s.
A 1970s bottling of Johnnie Walker's iconic red label whisky - still one of the biggest sellers around the world. The flavour profile has changed slowly over the years so this should be quite different to today.