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 »
Part of a series of seasonal-themed blends from Old Parr, Summer is immodestly subtitled 'Fulfilment', which we'd like to point out (in the interests of staying on the right side of the trades descriptions act) is, for a bottle of whisky, a pleasant aspiration rather than a guaranteed outcome.
A litre bottle of Buchanan's Master blended Scotch whisky. The product was launched in 2010, intended (initially at least) for the Central and Southern American markets. This is around 15 years of age, although this is not stated on the bottle.
A quarter-bottle size of Johnnie Walker's most prestigious whisky, made up of the finest old-aged malt and grain whiskies. The Cristal of the blended whisky world, Blue Label has rich, deep flavours and a fantastically silky texture. This is a 20cl bottle.
A litre plastic bottle of Ballantine's Finest blended Scotch whisky. They have long advertised their royal warrants for the late Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, despite the latter dying 70 years before we estimate this was bottled, in the 1980s.
A special edition of Ballantine's 17 year old whisky, created to showcase the character of Scapa, one of the distilleries at the heart of the blend. A much underrated and often forgotten distillery, it's great to see its role being celebrated.