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Best Blended Whisky

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Which is the best blended whisky?

Famous Grouse 30
2
2%
JW Blue Label
18
18%
Chivas Regal 18
5
5%
JW Gold Label
12
12%
Whyte & Mackay 18
2
2%
Chivas Royal Salute
2
2%
Ballantines 30
1
1%
Ballantines 21
1
1%
Ballantines 17
4
4%
Islay Mist 17
1
1%
Isle of Skye
3
3%
J&B Ultima
1
1%
Kings Crest 25
1
1%
Campbeltown Loch 21
3
3%
Other
43
43%
 
Total votes : 99

Best Blended Whisky

Postby adrian44 » Sun Jun 11, 2006 4:57 pm

I thought this poll would have been already posted :shock:

Anyway, here we go.
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Postby Whiskybembel » Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:53 pm

You forgot Cutty Sark 25 in the list. For me the Best!
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Postby Di Blasi » Sun Jun 11, 2006 8:03 pm

How about the John Player Special? I haven't tried the 12y version, but the ordinary is very good, and might even be confused for single malt if tasted blind. Or how about the Blue Hanger 25y?? I'm waiting for a bottle a friend is bringing for me, but it sounds quite nice at cask strength and non-chill filtered, interesting for a blend. I'd love to hear people's comments about these.
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:02 pm

.....and Jameson (12) which is also very good.

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Postby Paul A Jellis » Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:23 pm

Wot no Dewars! My vote goes to Dewars Signature. A truly wonderful whisky, I found it hard to beleive it is a blend.

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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:10 am

And no Teachers either ... a great no nonsence blend that is top value for money. Gets my vote every time for a scotch blend otherwise it would have to be Jameson 12yo
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Postby anam cara » Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:26 pm

blue hanger 25 yo - no contest!
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Postby Frodo » Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:57 am

The best I've had is Blue Label, but I doff my cap to Jameson 18 (& 12)
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Postby lbacha » Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:16 pm

This is a hard poll because there are alot I havn't tried but i'm partial to Black Bottle 10 yrs old. I love the Islay undertones to the blend.

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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:26 pm

There is more than a lot .... 90% of all scotch sold in the world is blended believe it or not. I should however predicate that with this does not neccessairly mean 90% of the selection is dedicated to blends as it appears that malt has a majority in variety stakes but who knows.
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Postby Aidan » Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:21 pm

Probably Powers Gold Label, or Jameson 12.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jun 14, 2006 3:13 pm

I like Munky Shoulder. I wonder when Kininvie will be made available as a single malt...
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Postby Lawrence » Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:05 pm

Ballantines 17, head and shoulders above the rest IMHO.
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Postby lexvo » Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:16 pm

Don't have much expierence with blends, but my favourite till now is Black Bottle.
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Postby lbacha » Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:45 pm

irishwhiskeychaser wrote:There is more than a lot .... 90% of all scotch sold in the world is blended believe it or not. I should however predicate that with this does not neccessairly mean 90% of the selection is dedicated to blends as it appears that malt has a majority in variety stakes but who knows.


I was just at Strathisla and during the tour they stated that 1 bottle of Chivas Regal is sold every second accross the world. For this reason I would agree that it may be 90% of the volume but the selection I'm sure is in The Single malts favor. Especially considering up to 30-40 single malts make up each blend.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:51 pm

lbacha wrote:I was just at Strathisla and during the tour they stated that 1 bottle of Chivas Regal is sold every second accross the world. For this reason I would agree that it may be 90% of the volume but the selection I'm sure is in The Single malts favor. Especially considering up to 30-40 single malts make up each blend.



You hit the nail on the head. This figure is by volume only...

of course with the majority of it at 40% (the other volume that is) a lot of that percentage is added water :wink:
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Postby Ize » Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:54 am

There is only one blended for me and that is Gordon Graham's Black Bottle 10yo, it is by far the best blended I've tasted!
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Postby toshie » Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:24 pm

Normally I'd have voted for the Ballantine's 17 but the other evening I tried Whyte and Mackay 30YO and it's simply magnificent
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Postby Aidan » Thu Jun 15, 2006 3:29 pm

What about JW Black?
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Postby les taylor » Tue Jul 04, 2006 2:25 pm

I Agree with Aidan Jw Black is hard to beat. :roll:
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Postby mikeymad » Mon Jul 31, 2006 7:15 pm

I have two.

Top of the list is: Campbeltown Loch 25

And the malt that got me really drinking whisky in the first place: Bowmore 21 blend
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Postby SpiritofShetland » Mon Jul 31, 2006 9:06 pm

I don't drink many blends, and only one has found it's way into my barcabinet(s) - Campbeltown Loch 25 (bought in Covent Garden for £40 some years ago).

But I would also like to do a small plug for the Norwegian Blend 'Upper Ten'. A marvelous young blend with a maltcontent of 45%. Quite a big influence of the Islay malts that go into it (but nowhere near Islay Mist). And since it'sa brand purely for Norway (ie. next to no advertising budget) it's cheap as chips (disregarding the extreme taxes the Norwegian government puts on spirits). One bottle (0.7l) will set you back £22.50 (265 NOK) in the Government-run stores. But purchasing at the airport Duty-Free (my place of work - I know, a shameless plug, but even so) the price is a mere £8.40 (99 NOK) for a full litre.
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Postby Thomas H. » Mon Jul 31, 2006 9:15 pm

It really puzzles me that Black Bottle 10 years old isn't in the list. A very nice blend, and only around 20 euros.
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Postby Bullie » Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:01 am

anam cara wrote:blue hanger 25 yo - no contest!


I think the Blue Hanger 25 is a vatted malt and not a blend.
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Postby Bullie » Tue Aug 01, 2006 12:01 pm

Thomas H. wrote:It really puzzles me that Black Bottle 10 years old isn't in the list. A very nice blend, and only around 20 euros.


I must agree with you on that Thomas! A splendid blend which at it's most competitive price is a very good alternative dram.
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Postby andre_s » Tue Aug 01, 2006 12:05 pm

Jameson 12yo
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Postby wandering pict » Sat Aug 12, 2006 6:13 pm

Black Bottle for me, closely followed by Grants Family Reserve and JW Black Label (although it can be inconsistent)
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Postby anam cara » Tue Aug 29, 2006 7:11 pm

blue hanger a blended malt (note the modern expression)? sorry, it's a blended whisky; cask strength, non chill-filtered.
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Postby Badmonkey » Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:36 am

I'll cast my vote in favour of the Ballantine's 17.
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Postby bamber » Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:47 am

Jameson 12yo, with honourable mention to Powers and Jameson NAS. From that list ehhhh, hmm dunno oh go on JW blue.
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Postby GreyArea » Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:38 pm

Add another vote for Black Bottle.

JW Black is good as well, but overpriced in comparison.

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Postby Di Blasi » Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:20 am

I haven't tried many blends, trying to expand my blend horizon though. I recently have gotten a bottle of the Blue Hanger, very nice! And the John Player Special is also excellent! It works over ice, as the dilution is so slight, or straight up, could trick some into thinking it's a single malt. And the Black Bottle was also good the first time I tried it back in March. I'll taste the latter again soon.
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Postby Wave » Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:09 pm

I agree with Paul A Jellis "Wot no Dewers! :lol:

Also like Islay Mist & Haig Dimple Pinch 15yr old.



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Postby agtepstein » Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:09 pm

SOrry to bring up an old post, but I have an affinity towards blends. I have never tried Dewars Signature, but am always a fan of the economical CR 18 YR

Would love to get my hands on Cutty Sark 25Yr or 18Yr but its not available in the states.
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Postby Lawrence » Fri Oct 13, 2006 3:44 am

You could try the Cattos Rare Old Blended or the Grants Family Reserve, both are quite malty and full of flavour. The Ballantines 17 is a much 'richer' experience, when tasted blind many mistake it for a malt. JW Black & Gold are quite good also.
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