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A-Z of the world's best blends

By Dominic Roskrow
Ailsa Craig
Company: A Dewar Rattray
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories: NA
Description: smoky but has a unique and unusual taste created by the harsh grain and the oily and interesting malt content The Antiquary 21 Years
Company:
Age: 21 years
ABV: 43%
Territories: Worldwide
Description: rich, fruity and warming with hints of peat and sherry Auld Lang Syne
Company: Langs
Age: none
Territories: various but particularly the Far East
Description: clean and reasonably well balanced blend if unexceptionalAysla
Company: Compass Box
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories: United Kingdom and Europe
Description: a blended Scotch made of 50 per cent malt whisky and 50 per cent grain whisky described as “soft, sweet, malty tasting whisky for everyday use and for all sorts of occasions”
The Baillie Nicol Jarvie
Company: Glenmorangie
Age: Six years
ABV: 40%
Territories:Worldwide
Description: the only blend to contain Glenmorangie malts and all the better for it. Young and zingy with lots of fruit and a nice balance of oakBallantine’s Finest
Company: Allied Domecq
Age: None
ABV: 40%
Territories: Europe and America
Description: contains 50 malts and is described as very smooth and rounded with chocolate and apple notes Ballantine’s Gold Seal 12
Company: Allied Domecq
Age: 12 years
ABV: 40%
Territories: Worldwide
Description: gentle smoke, smooth fruit, and easy to drink bodyBalantine’s 17
Company: Allied Domecq
Age: 17 years
ABV: 43%
Territories: Japan and the Far East
Description: very complex and outstanding blend with raisin and sweet fruits, wood and smoke all adding to what is an exceptional mixBell’s Extra Special 8 Year Old
Company: Diageo
Age: Eight years
ABV: 40%
Territories:Worldwide
Description: a full bodied and surprisingly mature balance of peat, wood and fruit with spice towards the end. Mature and impressiveBell’s 12 Year Old
Company: Diageo
Age: 12 years
ABV: 40%
Territories:Worldwide
Description: another masterful and mature blend, with smoke and spices just giving weight to the smoother rounded taste on the palateBen Alder
Company: Gordon & MacPhail
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories: various
Description: lots of fruit and barley, very rich and sweet in the mouth and a big overall feelBlack Bottle
Company: Burn Stewart Distillers
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories: Worldwide
Description: widely regarded as one of the best value for money whiskies on sale. Unusual for a blend because it’s wild and untamed, with all sorts of taste experiences vying for top spot. Quite stunningBuchanan’s Special Reserve
Company: James Buchanan & Son
Age: not available
ABV: 40%
Territories: various, particularly USA and South America
Description: exceptional and rare blend that has become a collector’s item. But an impressive amount of oak and smoke to complement the fruit in the blendChivas Regal 12
Company: Chivas
Age: 12 years
ABV: 40%
Territories: 150 countries worldwide
Description: an aromatic infusion of wild herbs, heather, honey and orchard fruits. It is round and creamy on the palate, with a full, rich taste of honey and ripe apples with vanilla, hazelnut and butterscotch notes and a rich and lingering finishChivas Regal 18
Company: Chivas
Age: 18 years
ABV: 40%
Territories: USA, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, France, Spain, Greece. Also available in Latin America and other Asian markets such as Singapore and Malaysia
Description: aromas of dried fruits, spice and buttery toffee. Rich and smooth with avelvety, dark chocolate palate with elegant floral notes and a wisp of sweet mellow smokinessClan Campbell
Company: Chivas
Age: None
ABV: 40%
Territories: France, Italy
Description: a smooth, light whisky with a high proportion of Speyside malts, which give a fruity finishCutty Sark 18 Year Old
Company: Berry Bros & Rudd
Age: 18 years
ABV: 43%
Territories: Worldwide
Description: bourbon wood and gentle smoke with sweet toffee qualities Cutty Sark 25 Year Old
Company: Berry Brothers & Rudd
Age: 25 years
ABV: 45.7%
Territories: Portugal, Greece, Japan, Korea, UK
Description: nose: fresh, aromatic, with hints of jasmine; palate: a rich, full, spicy flavour with eucalyptus notes; finish: lingering, long, dry and fresh Dewar’s Founders Reserve
Company: Dewar’s
Age: 18 years
ABV: 43%
Territories:Worldwide particularly America
Description: The heather sweetness of the house style is evident but overall a harmonious and mature blendDewar’s Special Reserve
Company: Dewar’s
Age: 12 years
ABV: 43%
Territories: Worldwide
Description: weighty smoke and fruit with lots of complexity and subtletyFamous Grouse
Company: Edrington
ABV: 40%
Territories:Worldwide
Description: a balance of oak and sherry on the nose and a hint of citrus. Medium fruity flavour. Combines an array of top Scottish malts including the Macallan and Highland ParkThe Famous Grouse Port wood finish
Company: Edrington
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories: Worldwide
Description: smoky with rounded and fruity with pleasant sweet notes Glinne Parras
Company: Eaux de Vie
Age: none
ABV: NA
Territories:
Description: smooth, full and upfront, this is a malty blend that some bartenders argue is ideal for cocktail mixingGrant’s Ale Cask Reserve
Company: William Grant & Sons
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories: UK, France, New Zealand
Description: Grant’s Ale Cask Reserve was created in partnership with the Caledonian Brewing Company. Grant’s Ale Cask Reserve is the only Scotch whisky to be finished in beer barrels. The ale casks give the whisky a distinctively creamy, malty, honeyed taste with a long finish and just a hint of smoke
Grant’s Family Reserve
Company: William Grant & Sons
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories: available in more than 180 countries
Description: deliciously complex taste and classic, long, smooth finish. Nose:Unmistakably Speyside with fluting malty notes. A clean yet complex aroma with a sweetish fruity edge. Intriguingly and deliciously structured. Taste: a firm mouth feel with banana/vanilla sweetness
balancing sharper malty notes. Clean but very complex. A long, smooth, lingering finishGrant’s Premium 12 Year Old
Age: 12 years
ABV: 40%
Territories: South America, Portugal, Africa, Malaysia, Middle East
Description: matured in specially selected first-fill bourbon casks. Nose: vibrant with aromas of fruit (blackcurrant and peaches); balanced with a sweet, vanilla maltiness. Taste: very sweet and rich with a lovely mix of vanilla, honey and spice. A long, soothing and warm finishGrant’s Rare Old 18 Year Old
Company: William Grant & Sons
Age: 18 years
ABV: 40%
Territories: South America, Portugal, Africa, Malaysia, Middle East
Description: matured in specially selected port casks. Nose: rich and complex with honey and spice notes; a soft nuttiness combines with delicate, fruity, port notes. Taste: full-bodied blend with a silky mouthfeel; fruitcake, malty, honey and port flavours combine beautifully. A long rich and elegant finishGrant’s Sherry Cask Reserve
Company:William Grant & Sons
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories: UK, France, New Zealand
Description: Grant’s Sherry Cask Reserve is finished in casks the previously held Oloroso sherry. A medium dry taste with distinctively warm rich fruitcake and nutsHedonism
Company: Compass Box
Age: none
ABV: 43%
Territories: United Kingdom and Europe
Description: blend of 100 per cent grain whisky, offering a mix of vanilla, cream and toffee flavours together that are equally appealing to whisky connoisseurs and newcomers. Made in small batches, from whiskies up to 23 years old and using only the very best casks, Hedonism is luscious, elegant and sweetIslay Mist
Company: MacDuff International
Age: Deluxe, 8, and 17 year old versions
ABV: 40%
Territories: UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Far East, North & South America
Description: Islay Mist is a blend of fine aged whiskies all matured in oak casks to develop their full character, and blended together to produce a full bodied yet subtle whisky. Connoisseurs of fine Scotch Whiskies will readily detect the presence of the famous single Islay Malt at the heart of the blendIsle of Skye 8 Year Old
Company: Ian Macleod
Age: eight years
ABV: 40%
Territories : more than 20 countries
Description: nose: deep peaty tones with oak and vanilla notes and – malty and honeyed. Taste: sweet at first, and remarkably viscous. This seems to be the peat hanging around and there is intense barley sugar and spice. Finish: remains sweet, spicy and chewy and at the end faintly nutty. The oak returns at the end. Core malts include Talisker, Glenfarclas, Lagavulin and LongmornIsle of Skye 12 Year Old
Company: Ian Macleod
Age: 12 years
ABV: 40%
Territories: distributed in more than 20 markets
Description: a smooth blend combining sweet honey/vanilla flavours and fruitiness with smoky/peaty/peppery Island notesIsle of Skye 21 Year Old
Company: Ian Macleod
Age: 21 years
ABV: 40%
Territories: distributed in more than 20 markets
Description: wonderfully mellow whiskies displaying the sweet and smoky characteristics of the 8 and 12 year olds with traces of light burnt wood now evident. Smooth and mellow, with a satisfying complexity and depth Isle of Skye 50 Year old
Company: Ian Macleod
Age : 50 years
ABV: 50%
Territories: more than 20 countries worldwide
Description: renowned for its powerful character, this special whisky has a rich and complex nose that includes sherry wood, marzipan, nuts and raisins. Vanilla and honey sweetness, candy floss and treacle.J&B Rare
Company: Diageo
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories: Worldwide
Description: rich balance of flavours in a complex and weighty blend. Jim Murray argues that this is back among the great blends after down patchJohnny Walker Black
Company: Diageo
Age: 12 years
ABV: 40%
Territories: Worldwide
Description: complex and full bodied mix of fruity, smoky and smooth whiskiesJohnny Walker Blue
Company: Diageo
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories: Worldwide
Description: containing the company’s best and most complex whiskies this is creamy, rich, honeyed, and a balance of smoke and spiceJohnny Walker Gold
Company: Diageo
Age: 18 years
ABV: 40%
Territories:Worldwide
Description: honeyed with silky and creamy smoothness and a subtle balance of flavoursLangs Select 12 Year Old
Company: Ian MacLeod
Age: 12 years
ABV: 40%
Territories : Worldwide
Description: core malt is Glengoyne and this whisky has the smooth fruity and clean characteristics of that distilleryLangs Supreme
Company: Ian Macleod
Age: five years
ABV: 40%
Territories:Worldwide
Description: medium golden colour. Rich malt aroma with a hint of sherry and rich, medium sweet flavour. An exclusive combination of some 25 or more high quality malt and grain whiskies .At its heart lies Glengoyne distillery maltLauder’s 12 Year Old
Company: MacDuff International
Age: 12 years
ABV: 40%
Territories: North & South America, Europe, UK, Middle East, Far East
Description: sweet soft fruits and biscuits, big mouth feel with some vanilla notes100 Pipers
Company: Chivas
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories: Thailand, Spain, India, Venezuela
Description: distinctive smooth yet subtly smoky taste. More than 25 specially selected and carefully aged whiskies, each of them of superior quality in their own right, are used in this exceptional blendPassport
Company: Chivas
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories: Spain, Brazil
Description: Passport is a blended Scotch with an unusually fruity taste and a deliciously creamy finish. It can be served straight, over ice or mixed. The creamy fruitiness of Passport can be traced back to the heart of its blend – Glenkeith single malt Scotch whiskyThe Peat Monster
Company: Compass Box
Age: none
ABV: 46%
Territories: United Kingdom and Europe
Description: rich smoky-peaty whisky that lives up to its name. Originally bottled at cask strength for the United States market and containing several island maltsRob Roy
Company: Morrison Bowmore
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories: various
Description: a nice mix of toffee and subtle peat with plenty of maltRoyal Salute 21
Company: Chivas
Age: 21 years
ABV: 40%
Territories: Worldwide with a key focus on Asia
Description: the deep gold colour of the whisky reflects the power and richness of the flavours, with soft fruity aromas balanced with a delicate floral fragrance and mellow honeyed sweetnessRoyal Salute 50
Company: Chivas
Age: 50 years
ABV: 40%
Territories: extremely limited
Description: exceptionally rare but arguably the father of all blends. This is worth a small fortune but is everything a blend should be –rich, weighty, classy and not spoiled by wood despite the ageShieldaig Classic
Company: Ian Mcleod
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories: Europe
Description: warm amber colour with golden highlights. Light malty nose. Mellow with lots of subtle floral notes and honey sweetness. Slightly peaty on the finish. Mouth warming and softSignature
Company: Dewar’s
Age: none
ABV: 43%
Territories: primarily America
Description: Fruity and mellow, with sultanas, raisins, apples and the Aberfeldy heather-honey to the fore. Sophisticated and well balanced, this contains some serious, old whiskies Something Special
Company: Chivas
Age: none
ABV: 40%
Territories:Venezuela, Columbia, Korea
Description: a distinctive blend of dry fruity and spicy flavours with a subtle smoky sweetness. The award-winning single malt Longmorn is a major ingredientTeacher’s Highland Cream
Company: Allied Domecq
Age: none
ABV: 40%/43%
Territories: Worldwide
Description: crisp malt and grain combine with softer malt and then deliver spice, smoke, vanilla and sweeter notes. Understated and enjoys total loyalty among its supportersWhyte & Mackay 12 Year Old
Company: Whyte & Mackay
Age: 12 years
ABV: 43%
Territories: Worldwide
Description: deceptive blend that is not only well-balanced and rounded but has much more going on than it might first appear. Good weight of fruit and maltWhyte & Mackay 18 Year Old
Company: Whyte & Mackay
Age: 18 years
ABV: 40%
Territories: Worldwide
Description: a mature master of a blend, with dates and other dried fruits to the fore and the other malts providing a pleasant mouth feelWhyte & Mackay 30 Year Old
Company: Whyte & Mackay
Age: 30 years
ABV: 40%
Territories: Worldwide
Description: Subtle, smooth, an easy, silky ride of a whisky with the hint of toffee, wood and spice just right to make this an impressive blendWilliam Grant & Sons
Rare & Extraordinary
Company: William Grant & Sons
Age: 25 years
ABV: 43%
Territories: Travel Retail, Russia, Bulgaria, Asia
Description: polished leather, oak. and beeswax. More flowery and leafy when water is added. Surprisingly fresh and smooth taste with mint toffee, cedar and a sweet tobacco note