About Blended Scotch

Serve in a Scotch Whisky Glass
Blended Scotch whiskies require a mix of dozens of different malt whiskies to be combined with grain whisky in order to create the desired blend. The individual percentages of each malt whisky may be small, but each contributes its unique character to the blend. A blender will thus need to buy or produce a large amount of different malt whiskies in order to maintain the consistency of the blend. Thus, for a malt whisky distillery, the single malt may get all of the glory, but the blends ultimately pay the bills.
Top Picks for Blended Scotch
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John Walker & Sons
2015 Private Collection Blended Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Fruity, spicy aromas of fruit cake and spiced toffee with a supple, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, very long caramelized fruits, rich baking spices, smoked nuts, and pepper finish. A fantastically robust and flavorful blend with great fruit and delicate smoke.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210815
John Walker & Sons
King George V Blended Scotch Whisky
Bright golden amber color. Bright, inviting, floral aromas of dried blossoms, honeyed pancake, and caramelized nuts with a silky, crisp, off-dry medium body and a warming, interesting, long dried fruits, brown spices, smoky earth, and pepper finish. A great Scotch blend with a vibrant, well balanced fruit and grain flavor profile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210616
Johnnie Walker
Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Bright gold color. Bright, interesting, roasted aromas of dark nuts, dark chocolate, hint of bouillon, and delicate peat and tobacco with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length spiced pears and peaches, floral honey, limestone, and cream of wheat finish. A nice, round, easy-drinking Scotch that is well put together.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206612
The Tweeddale
Blended Scotch Whisky
Golden yellow color. Complex aromas of salty smoked pecans, dried fruits, and toast with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, interplay of grains, fruits, nuts, spices, and delicately smoky, mossy peat. A fantastically flavorful and beguiling blend. Impressive.
94 points $74.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Dewar’s
The Vintage 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Bright gold color. Fruity aromas of candied orange peel and lemon, anise ripe berries, green pear cobbler, and banana bread with a satiny, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, compelling, medium-length frosted cherry pop tart and stewed raisin, cinnamon dusted creme brulee, ground ginger with heather, and pimiento and honey sesame candy finish. A pleasing blended scotch that hits all the right notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Grand Macnish
"Black" Blended Scotch Whisky
Brilliant golden amber color. Roasted, smoky aromas and flavors of peat, bbq pork, caramelized fruits, and pipe tobacco with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long smoked nuts, white cigar ash, honey pastry, and iodine and gauze finish. An impressively smoky and well articulated blend that is sure to please fans of Islay.
93 points $29.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216216
Hankey Bannister
Heritage Blended Scotch Whisky
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of nougat, vanilla maple fudge, chocolate cherry and apricot, and hint of cola with a silky, vibrant, medium body and a warming, complex, long browns spices, praline, caramelized stone fruits, and pepper and limestone finish. A wonderfully smooth, flavorful, and masterfully blended scotch whisky that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210615
Johnnie Walker
18 Year Old Platinum Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Bright gold color. Delicate, creamy, nutty aromas of nougat and creme brulee with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length grainy bread, sweet cream on granola, minerals, and delicate pepper finish. A nicely balanced and very approachable blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221056
Dewar’s
The Ancestor 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Bright amber color. Candied, fruity aromas of caramelized peach, Spanish moss and java cake, candied cherry, and apple skin with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length apricot preserve and condensed milk, pine needles and toasty oak, almond tea cake with nougat, and duck prosciutto finish. A gentle yet rich dram; a lovely nightcap.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221057
Dewar’s
The Monarch 15 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Light gold color. Fresh, fruity aromas of aloe, honeydew melon, Maria cookies, and orange marmalade on toast with a velvety, dryish full body and a warming, complex, medium-long fresh green pear and grilled fruit, sponge cake, allspice and oregano, and caramelized pineapple and new leather finish. A rich, sophisticated socialite of a blended scotch whisky.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab