About Blended Malt Scotch

Serve in a Scotch Whisky Glass
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
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John Walker & Sons
"Odyssey" Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206570
Storm
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210608
Grand Macnish
Six Cask Edition Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220742
Shackleton
Blended Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab