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

John Walker & Sons 2015 Private Collection Blended Scotch Whisky
97 points
$815
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.
John Walker & Sons King George V Blended Scotch Whisky
95 points
$600
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.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky
94 points
$225
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.
The Tweeddale Blended Scotch Whisky
94 points
$74.99
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
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.
Johnnie Walker 18 Year Old Platinum Label Blended Scotch Whisky
93 points
$110
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.
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.