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 »
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.
Blended from more than 50 single malts (with particular emphasis on Miltonduff and Glenburgie) as well as 4 single grain whiskies. Ballantine's Finest is a smooth, satisfyingly modern blend, now picking up serious momentum in overseas markets under owners Chivas Brothers. Whisky Bible 2011 & 2012: Scotch Blend of the Year (NAS); 96 Points
Another brand with a long and illustrious history, named after a famous Edinburgh hostelry. Containing around 40% malt whisky, White Horse has a pleasing honeyed palate accompanied by peaty undertones.
Named for the historic ship, Cutty Sark is a blend that's been around since 1923. It has whisky from Glenrothes at its core along with whisky from all over Scotland to give a rounded blend with a little bit of smoke.
A bottle of the 2013 relaunched Black Bottle. Owners Burn Stewart have decided to return the brand to its original 1879 roots, including the black glass that gave the blend its name. With less of a focus on Islay, there is less peatiness than hitherto, with the smoky flavours being balanced with increased fruitiness and elegance.
A truly historic brand of blended Scotch whisky. John Haig set up the Kilbagie distillery in the 18th century, although his family were noted distillers some time before that (his great-great-grandfather was busted in 1655 for distilling on the Sabbath). His grandson (also called John) founded the Cameronbridge grain distillery in 1824, while later noted members of the Haig clan include WWI Field Marshal Douglas Haig.
An Islay led blended whisky, tempering the smokiness of the island malts with whisky from the mainland. Islay Mist's story starts with the 21st birthday of the first Lord Margadale, Laird of Islay. A special blend was produced for the occasion and that served as inspiration for Islay Mist.
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.