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 very rare flat-sided 1960s bottle of Ainslie's Royal Edinburgh blended Scotch whisky. Tantalisingly, Ainslie & Heilbron were also proprietors of the old Clynelish distillery (now known as Brora) during this period, though sadly we have no idea how much of that malt is in this blend.
An old bottle of Black & White, a blended whisky created by James Buchanan in the late 19th century. This bottle carries royal warrant for "His Majesty the King", so we estimate was bottled in the 1940s.
A very cool old 1950s bottle of Buchanan Deluxe blended Scotch, secured with a springcap closure. Springcapped bottles are highly-regarded by collectors as they are believed to offer the best chance of the whisky being well-preserved after decades in the bottle.
An old bottling of Dimple Royal Sovereign. This has been aged for 21 years and is presented Dimple's iconic triangular bottle, encased in a pewter 'frame'. We estimate that this was bottled sometime in the 1980s.
An old bottle of Huntly blended whisky. The creators of the blend, Slater Rodger & Company of Glasgow, used to carry out a large amount of blending and bottling for John Walker & Sons, who then took a controlling interest in the company. We estimate this was bottled in the 1940s, when the brand was under the Distillers Company Limited (DCL) umbrella.
A beautifully labelled blended scotch whisky from Glasson's Penrith Breweries that we think was bottled in the 1940s. It's named for the Glenlivet area rather than the distillery, an area well known for its good whisky for many years.