We’re taking a look at blended Scotch whisky right here, right now. Our Prestige community loves those single malts but often wonders about the blended game. Today, we’ll define it, provide a little background, and bring you up to speed.
And after you learn a few of the blended Scotch ropes, we hope you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a pour. It’s a spirit that’s truly meaningful. From both a historical angle and a damn delicious one, too. Read on for the blended whisky scoop!
What Is Blended Scotch Whisky?
Did you know that blended Scotch accounts for over 90 percent of U.S. Scotch sales? That kind of stat speaks volumes. We’re importing it for a reason. The majority of the Scotch faithful cling to it.
But let’s cut to the chase. A blended Scotch whisky is essentially a mix of barrel-aged whiskies. You’ll find both malt and grain whiskies within. In fact, there will be at least one single malt Scotch mixed with at least one single grain Scotch. And these will come from different distilleries.
Scotch regulations permit caramel coloring. And all these Scottish spirits must be aged a minimum of three years.
Blended Scotch Background
Single malt whisky has quite a following these days, sure. But the blended whisky is the grandfather of them all. You could say blended Scotch whisky is the “OG” of Scotch.
In 1950, we saw a different story with single malts on the rise. But up until then, blended Scotch whisky was it. It paved the way for the almighty single malt. So, we regularly salute the blended Scotch pours. We know they represent Scotch roots, and for that, we’re very grateful.
Blended Scotch Flavor
Some blended Scotch whisky brands you’ll probably recognize are Johnnie Walker, Cutty Sark, and Chivas Regal. A lot of folks find that blended Scotch whisky is a crowd-pleaser. It’s also less expensive than those in-demand single malts.
But what will you taste in your blended Scotch pour? Oh, the variety to experience!
You won’t only get that hit of fiery malt. You’ll meet with the lightness of refreshing grain that tames all the alcohol. It’s difficult to convey what a blend can give. Sometimes, you’ll encounter rich, complex depth. Sometimes, it’s all bright fruit and honey. You can also sense toffee, clove, and oak–from nose to palate.
The good news? There’s a blended whisky out there for everyone. You’ve just got to head out to your local bar. Or to your best Scotch buddy’s house. (That’s what we prefer. Forget sugar daddies, y’all. Get you a Scotch daddy.)
Blended May Be Your Best
Don’t hop on the single malt train just because everyone else does these days. We dig those, but you may enjoy the heck out of blended Scotch whisky. We sure do.
If you’re a blended whisky fan, tell us your best bottle for beginners in the comments below. We like to help those who are new to the Scotch game. We’d love to hear from you. What’s your recommended starter blended Scotch? Ready. Set. Go!