New Poll: Your Opinion on Blended Scotch

by Oliver Klimek on March 3, 2010

The Scotch whisky market is dominated by blended whisky with a market share of roughly 90%. But most whisky magazines and websites focus mainly on single malt. And this site is no exception. Currently, I have rated over 130 Scotch whiskies, and only 4 of them are blends.

I would be very interested in your position on blends. Do you avoid them like the devil avoids holy water? Or do you actually like blended whisky?

Please cast your vote in the box at the right sidebar and feel free to share your thoughts about this topic.

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Jeff H March 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I’m not afraid to order a JW Black at a bar (or drink it at home from time to time). It’s quite nice, actually. I also enjoy my Black Bottle 10 year. Finally, I find Teachers drinkable, and it’s quite young.

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Oliver Klimek March 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm

As to my own opinion about blends: I haven’t found a single NAS Scotch blend yet that I liked. I do like the JW Black as well and also was quite pleased with the Whyte & Mackay 19yo.

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cato June 29, 2011 at 6:54 am

“Do you avoid them like the devil avoids holy water?”

For the most part I do avoid blends, mostly because my whisky drinking time is limited and I prefer to spend my time and money drinking single malts. That said, I have enjoyed a few blends and have a few in my cabinet. Chivas – The Century Of Malts is an outstanding blend of a hundred single malts. You’d think it would have been a muddled mess, but it was expertly blended and is delicious. I only have one bottle left of this special, long out of production bottling. When I travel you might find me ordering a dram of Black Bottle, or a Japanese blend when I can find them.

Forget about the Johnny Walker’s –all of them are crap to me, with the green label being the only respectable exception.

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