About Blended Scotch

About Blended Scotch
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

Dewar’s The Vintage 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
93 points
$60
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.
Awards: 2017 Best Blended Scotch
Grand Macnish "Black" Blended Scotch Whisky
93 points
$29.99
Best Buy
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
Hankey Bannister Heritage Blended Scotch Whisky
93 points
$40
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.
Dewar’s The Ancestor 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
92 points
$28
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.
Dewar’s The Monarch 15 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
92 points
$45
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.
Dewar’s Signature Blended Scotch Whisky
91 points
$180
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon, mace, grass clippings, and sherry wood with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree charred mixed nuts, bit-o-honey candy, and marzipan finish. A quiet whiskey for still moments.
Dewar’s White Label Blended Scotch Whisky
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Clear golden amber color. Aromas of tobacco, lemon bar, salt cave, and underripe pineapple with a round, crisp, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-length grilled green pepper and artichoke, barbecue pork, eucalyptus, and salted citrus salad finish. A savory blend for smoke seekers; add drops of water to further develop the flavors.
90 points $18 Best Buy
John Barr Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
90 points
$24.99
Medium golden amber color. Aromas of biscuit, honey, fresh lemons and lanolin, and Worcestershire with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length muesli and seared fig, five alive, cinnamon candy, and molasses finish. An all-purpose, richly textured blended scotch.
90 points $24.99
Kirkland Signature Blended Scotch Whisky
90 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Brilliant golden amber color. Bright, buttery, roasted aromas and flavors of chocolate roasted nuts, toasted pretzel roll, and toasted grain with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length mocha custard, nut skins, peppery and brown spices, and limestone finish. A layered, well balanced and versatile Scotch whisky.
90 points $19.99 Best Buy
MacQueens 3 Year Old Blend Scotch Whisky
89 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Pale golden amber color. Grainy, creamy aromas and flavors of warm cereal with syrup, caramelized nuts, and baklava with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, captivating, snappy walnut torte, whipped cream, and pepper finish. A very tasty, light and creamy sipper that is sure to please.
89 points $18.99 Best Buy