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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Ballantine’s Blended Malt Scotch whisky 

In 1827 George Ballantine opened a grocery business in Edinburgh. By 1869 the family business has expanded to both Glasgow and Edinburgh and George Ballantine had established himself as a blender of Scotch whisky. Along side Ballantine's Famous Blends they also produce a 12 year vatted malt Scotch Whisky


Ballantine 12 year old Blended Malt Whisky


Big Peat Islay Blended Malt Whisky

This vatting carries a big peaty (often called phenolic), beachy oceanic slightly ashy selection of Malts from the island of Islay, from where the Laing family hail - and no wonder! - as we have included Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and Port Ellen in the "recipe".


Ally these lusty and robust Malts selected for BIG PEAT with the fact that no chill filtration takes place  a more old fashioned traditional approach and you will detect a massive amplification of the anticipated sea-faring qualities on the nose, palate, and finish. These are particularly appreciated when consumed leisurely in the same style these Malts have waited for you in the cold, dark and windswept warehouses of Islay.



Compass Box Whiskies

Creators of Hand Crafted, Small Batch Scotch Whiskies in Distinctive & Original Styles.


Compass Box Whiskies


Eades Double Malt Whisky

The name Double Malt comes from the two single malts that are selected for their classic characteristics and complementary natures to make each expression of Eades. Some of these malts are rarely found in the U.S. All represent the finest flavor profile of each region.


Eades Double Malt Whisky


Famous Grouse Blended Malt Whisky

As well as the renowned blends Famous Grouse also create a range of blended malts in a wide range of vintages


Famous Grouse Blended Malt Whisky


Inver house Blended Malt Whisky

Inver House Distillers was established in 1964 as a subsidiary of the American company, Publicker Industries. As well as owning five distilleries AnCnoc, Balblair, Balmenach, Old Pulteney and Speyburn they produce blended Scotch and Blended Malt whisky:

Barrogill North of Scotland Blended Malt

Blairmhor 8 Year Old Blended Malt

Hankey Bannister Blended Malt


Inver house Blended Malt Whisky


Johnnie Walker Green Label Scotch Whisky

Along side the famous Red, Black Gold and Blue Labels Johnnie Walker also produce a Blended Malt Scotch Whisky  bottled under the Green Label. Blended from only the finest single malt whiskies. No grain whiskies involved. Each single malt whisky is selected for its intensity of flavours and aromas.


Johnnie Walker Green Label Scotch Whisky


Jon, Mark and Robo

The Easy Drinking Whisky Company (No Longer Trading)

Starting with an Idea on a hillside followed by a spirited conversation one night David  “Robbo”  a “master” distiller and the brothers Jon and Mark both “master” whisky lovers agreed that their world needed a whisky that tasted exactly the way they liked and cut out all the waffle that always seemed to go along with whisky. was available in three styles


Rich Spicy, - Smokey Peaty, - and Smooth Sweeter.


Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Inspired by their craft William Grants have created Monkey Shoulder. Their first ever blended triple malt Scotch whisky, unlike traditional blends Monkey Shoulder uses just three of Speyside’s finest single malts and no grain whisky resulting in a richer blended malt of exceptional smoothness.


Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky


Poit Dhubh Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

from The Gaelic Whisky Collection

A connoisseur’s Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – winning many awards in the international tasting competitions.

Pronounced “Potch Ghoo,” or PD for short, it means Illicit Still in Gaelic.


Poit Dhubh Blended Malt Scotch Whisky


Pride of the Regions Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

The 'Pride of the Regions' is a classic range of blended malts demonstrating the distinctive styles of the whisky producing regions - Strathspey, Orkney, Islay and the Lowlands.


Pride of the Regions Blended Malt Scotch Whisky


Sheep Dip Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

This well established Scotch whisky is produced by the Spencerfield Spirit Company, located at the Spencerfield Farmhouse, on the high ground to the east of Inverkeithing in Fife.


Sheep Dip Blended Malt Scotch Whisky


Six Isles Blended Malt Scotch whisky

Pure Island Malt Whisky. A true reflection of the isles.

The full flavour, character and natural; colour, of island malts.

Bottled un-chill filtered.


Six Isles Blended Malt Whisky

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Or as we prefer Vatted Malt - Pure Malt Whisky

Six  Isles Vatted Malt Scotch  Whisky

Blended Malt Whisky is now  the classification for a marriage of single malts from more than one distillery


Before the great Cardhu debacle.


There where Single Malts - Blends - Vatted Malts


Single Malts - A bottling of  malt whisky from just one distillery


Blends - Small amounts of different single malts (as above) bulked out with the cheaper to produce and neutral tasting grain whisky  Cheaper the whisky brand the more grain whisky used.


Vatted Malts - Made up of just single malts from more than one distillery. No grain whisky involved


Easy to understand? Yes


However because Cardhu muddied the waters and changed the Cardhu 12 year old single malt to a "Pure Malt" (as it was made up of single malts from more than one distillery ##). And only made a subtle label change.


The debate has been about what to call Vatted malts. Those in the know have decided that Vatted malts should be now called Blended Malts.


See the confusion with Blends?


I think that the use of the word "blends" with Vatted malts is more confusing as it has always been associated with the cheaper grain based whisky blended together.


It would have been better to have stayed the same with Vatted malts as it is exactly what it says on the bottle. or use Pure malt with no mention of blends.


Any way there are  some great Vatted malts. oops! sorry !! Blended Malts. These are single malt whiskies that have been carefully married together to create wonderful whisky tasting styles.


## This was due to the Cardhu Distillery production not being able to match consumer demands, so it was decided to add a similar styled malt from another distillery.