Blended whisky makes up 90% of whisky consumed globally. Blended whisky is a combination of grain and malt whiskies, matured for at least three years in oak. It takes a certain level of intuition and skill to achieve a fine blend, and it is not an easy task. In the early days, blending whisky was a way to tame intense malts, but has since evolved into something far more refined, where the intricate mixing of malt and grain bring out each element’s unique characteristics, producing a new whisky with depth and complexity.
While single malt Scotch whisky is produced from a single distillery, blended Scotch whisky includes whiskies from multiple distilleries. A nose for flavours and a lot of work goes into weaving different profiles together to create consistent styles. Some master blenders can detect up to 85 individual flavours in a single blended whisky! We uncover the characteristics and styles of these renowned blends.
Aged in three wood casks for a smoother taste, Grant’s Triple Wood whisky is distinctive and balanced. The complexity of spice, smooth vanilla and sweetness from the combination of woods makes for a blend that has a long finish with a subtle hint of smoke. There is a reason this blended whisky is at the heart of Grant’s distillery.
With a new look, the Johnnie Walker Aged 18 YO Whisky is a classic blended whisky is made from the finest whiskies and matured for at least 18 years. Carefully crafted for flavour and quality, this blended whisky makes for the perfect combination of classic and contemporary tastes – with notes of citrus, fragrant almonds and warm vanilla. An indulgent blend crafted by Master Blender Jim Beveridge.
Aged for a minimum of 15 years and finished in Grande Champagne Cognac casks, Chivas Regal XV opens with rich and sweet aromas of marmalade, cinnamon and juicy sultanas. The fruity flavours of this blended Scotch whisky intermingle with notes of butterscotch and caramel toffee to produce an incredibly smooth blend.
Produced with single malts from the company’s neighbouring Speyside distilleries in Dufftown, Scotland – Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky is the world’s first triple malt. The term ‘monkey-shoulder’ dates back to whisky-making heritage – a condition that maltmen used to pick up while turning the barley by hand during long periods of work. With zesty orange, mellow vanilla and spice, this blend has an award-winning taste.