About Blended Malt Scotch

About Blended Malt Scotch
A blended malt Scotch is not a blend from one distillery, but rather a Scotch whisky made from different single malt whiskies made by several distilleries. The difference between a blended Scotch whisky and a blended malt Scotch whisky is that the former has grains other than malted barley, while a single malt, as per the name, is produced solely from this one grain.

There are various production methods as far as aging with the blended malt Scotch whiskies and various levels of quality, with some produced for mixing with soda or in elegant cocktails, while the finest are meant for sipping in a small snifter. Most of them, given their heritage, have a smoky, peaty character with notes of honey, roasted nuts and a touch of pepper and other spices.

Top Picks for Blended Malt Scotch

John Walker & Sons "Odyssey" Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
95 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Bright, attractive, complex aromas of creme brulee, tropical fruit compote, bananas foster, and leather with a creamy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, long peach pastry, delicate baking and bbq spices, sweet cream, and minerals finish. A superbly balanced blended Scotch oozing with flavor and personality.
95 points $1100
Storm Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
89 points
Amber color. Aromas of goat’s milk caramel, papaya, and honeyed toast with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming peppery spice, dried fruit, and roasted nut and minutely smoky mineral finish. A charming whisky with wide appeal.
89 points $39.99
Naked Grouse Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
88 points
Golden amber color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark toasted biscuit, manuca honey, macadamia nut, toasted oats, and apple with a round, bright, dryish medium body and a seamless, buoyant doughy potato bread, baked apples, dried moss, and burned sugar finish. A roasty blended malt for everyday sipping.
88 points $34.99
Grand Macnish Six Cask Edition Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
86 points
Golden amber color. Bright, grainy aromas of fresh raisin bread dough, candied nuts, and delicate spice with a silky, soft, light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, relaxed granola, oat flour cookie, honey butter, and pepper finish. A nice grain-driven Scotch blend with a perky, youthful character.
86 points $36.99
Shackleton Blended Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
85 points
Clear amber color. Aromas of cinnamon rooibos tea, clover flower and sliced apples, honey, and wet grain with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length caramelized plum, tobacco and milk chocolate, lush field after the rain, and fruit cake finish. A rock-solid blended malt scotch that will make a super-satisfying highball.
85 points $34.99