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

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost & Rare Blended Scotch Whisky
95 points
$399
Golden amber color. Aromas of varnished wood, coffee, honey candy, cherries, sesame, and tomato leaf with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length brown sugar pop tart, black pepper, and vanilla-ginger lozenge finish. A velvety nectar fit for special occasions.
Awards: 2018 Best Blended Scotch
Dewar’s The Vintage 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
94 points
$55
Brilliant golden amber color. Fruity aromas of sweet pear nectar, crackers with cajeta, pecan shell, vanilla malt shake, and spice cake with a creamy, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long banana chips, honey, caramelized papaya, and whipped cream finish. An attractive and fruity blended scotch to drink any way you take it.
Grand Macnish Double Matured 13 Year Old Rum Cask Aged Blended Scotch Whisky
93 points
$45.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of almond nougat, heather, dried pear, halvah with dark chocolate, and musk with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long spiced honey, Vienna cream pastry, and creme brulee finish. A rich and velvety scotch whiskey that will be a pleasure to drink in craft cocktails and simply neat.
93 points $45.99
Dewar’s The Signature 25 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky Double Aged
93 points
$230
Golden amber color. Aromas of toasted biscuit with raisins, charcoal briquettes, dried apricot, and grilled zucchini with a supple, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length vegetable ash, parmesan, honey-nut cereal, and cigarettes finish. A smoky blended scotch for mixed drinks.
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 Monarch 15 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
92 points
$50
Light gold color. Aromas of buttered biscuit, lilac, bruleed lemon, cinnamon candies, and earl grey tea with cream and sugar with a satiny, bright, dry light body and a tingling, medium-length ripe pear, turkish delight, sponge cake, and macadamia nut cookies finish. A solid blended scotch for highballs and cocktails.
Dewar’s The Ancestor 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
91 points
$26
Gold color. Aromas of apricot preserves on whole wheat scone, toasted barley, apple-cinnamon yogurt, and pannetone with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length honey butter, toasted biscuit, and orange cordial finish. A rock-solid blended scotch with great versatility.
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
$17
Best Buy
Gold color. Smoky aromas of dark browned biscuits, sourdough, smoked chocolate coated toffee, apricot, seaweed, carob, and anise with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long pears, caramelized bananas with butterscotch, and black pepper finish. A very attractive blended Scotch that offers a smoky slice of Islay in the blend.
90 points $17 Best Buy