Despite some whisky snobs' tendency to look down their noses, Blended Scotch Whisky is the juice that keeps all the Scottish distilleries in business and the entire single malt category afloat. Without blended whisky, it's fair to say that all but a handful of single malt distilleries would close pretty much overnight.
When the likes of Andrew Usher, Tommy Dewar and a certain Mr. J. Walker first began mixing grain whisky with single malt (which was considered, let's not forget, to be too robust and harsh to have a broad appeal), it was the beginning of whisky as a commercialised commodity. Blended Scotch made whisky into a mainstream, reliable mass-market product for the first time and ensured the continued demand for single malt whiskies of markedly different character.
We've selected a few of our favourite blends for this feature, focusing on a broad range of classics with one or two worthwhile gems you may not have encountered before. Each of these whiskies offers real value for money in its price range and all of them testify to the fine art of blending quality Scotch whisky. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.