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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

Postby Rossco555 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:15 am

anyone tried jw green label
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Postby Drrich1965 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 3:28 am

Rossco555 wrote:anyone tried jw green label


It is a vatted malt, or a blended malt, as they say now, but not a blend. I really enjoy it a great deal.
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Postby Aidan » Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:06 am

Are all the malts from the same distillery in the JW green? If not, I'd say it's a blend.
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Postby maverick » Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:16 am

Not a very conclusive poll but ok...

My favorite blended whiskey is definitely Jameson 12 actually it's my favorite whiskey period. You haven't tried blended whiskey untill you've tried Jameson 12 :D . It just amazes me that Jameson can make such a wonderful whiskey considering the regular "Jameson Irish Whiskey" isn't much to talk about.

Also, wondering about the Islay Mist. Is it any good? Would anyone recommend it and recommend ME trying it?
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Postby Bullie » Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:23 am

Two very nice blends available:

BAILIE NICOL JARVIE (60% Malt whisky)

JOHN SCOTT'S 35 Year Old Blend
Two casks of very old Highland Park and one cask of 35yo Grain. (Somewhere in my notes I've got more details...)

Both bottles available at RMW.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:15 pm

maverick wrote:Not a very conclusive poll but ok...

My favorite blended whiskey is definitely Jameson 12 actually it's my favorite whiskey period. You haven't tried blended whiskey untill you've tried Jameson 12 :D . It just amazes me that Jameson can make such a wonderful whiskey considering the regular "Jameson Irish Whiskey" isn't much to talk about.

Also, wondering about the Islay Mist. Is it any good? Would anyone recommend it and recommend ME trying it?


Totally agree Maverick ... the Jameson NAS is their poorest bottling but with sales of over 2million cases a year they must be doing something right. I suppose bourbon drinkers think JD in much the same light and yes I know it is technically a tennessee whiskey for any Mr Pickies out there :wink:

Midleton and Jameson 18yo are also great but for taste versus value for money the 12yo is a wonderful expression. If you ever get a chance thy the Crested 10, cheaper still but not bad at all.
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Postby Drrich1965 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:15 pm

Aidan wrote:Are all the malts from the same distillery in the JW green? If not, I'd say it's a blend.



It is a vatted malt, or a blended MALT, if it is made from all MALT. If it contains grains and malts, it is a blend. JWGreen is a vatted malt, or in the new venacular, a blended MALT. The term blend usually referes to Whisky that contains grains and malts, which JWG does not..
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Postby hpulley » Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:34 pm

Other: Teachers.

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Postby Mr Fjeld » Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:07 pm

maverick wrote:Not a very conclusive poll but ok...

My favorite blended whiskey is definitely Jameson 12 actually it's my favorite whiskey period. You haven't tried blended whiskey untill you've tried Jameson 12 :D

I think so too - one of the best standard whiskies around. What a loss for those who only drink single malt scotch.
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Postby Aidan » Wed Oct 18, 2006 7:18 am

Drrich1965 wrote:
Aidan wrote:Are all the malts from the same distillery in the JW green? If not, I'd say it's a blend.



It is a vatted malt, or a blended MALT, if it is made from all MALT. If it contains grains and malts, it is a blend. JWGreen is a vatted malt, or in the new venacular, a blended MALT. The term blend usually referes to Whisky that contains grains and malts, which JWG does not..


I know that, Drrich. What I'm saying is that if all the malt is not from the same distillery, then I would call it a blend.
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Postby Wave » Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:18 pm

Also, wondering about the Islay Mist. Is it any good? Would anyone recommend it and recommend ME trying it?


Yeah, it's a nice little blend of smokey softness of an Islay character, the core being Laphroaig. The price isn't bad either, I can usually get a bottle for under $20. It's a good afternoon swill!


Cheers!
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Postby maverick » Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:32 pm

Yeah, the price was partly the reason why I asked, it's really cheap for an islay malt. I might just try it. Thanks!
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Blends....

Postby Jacques » Fri Oct 20, 2006 4:03 am

I am a heavy Blend drinker..... my favorite is Buchannan's 18 for price and taste.... do not think Blue Label, Royal Salute or Red Seal match the price to taste ratio that Buch 18 has... even though those three are exceptional Blends...
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Postby anam cara » Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:52 pm

just posted q and a about blue hanger. is it blend or vatted? after my previous poe-faced posts on this section too!
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Postby Quaichuser » Sun Jun 03, 2007 1:26 am

A number of years ago I came across a bottle of Bells 20yr old, covered in dust, in a little grocery store in Balmoral. We'd been to Blair Athol a few days before and I hadn't seen anything like it there. It cost 40 pounds but I had to have it. It was wonderful. Never seen anything like it since. :(

I have also had a couple of bottles of the Chivas Century of Malts blend. I was never a fan of the regular Chivas, I felt it was overated for the price, but the Century blend was wonderful. Every sip gave you different insight into what had gone into it.
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Postby Stuart1746 » Wed Jun 06, 2007 3:48 pm

What about Black Bottle one of the best blended whiskies out there. I also have to say that Teachers as said before is a good no nonsense blend. :)
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Postby martin grant » Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:07 pm

Hi Stuart, and welcome to the forum.
I agree Teachers is a great blend, as is Bullie's earlier suggestion of Bailie Nicol Jarvie.

I also had a quick look at your website and was really impressed. When I've got some more time, I'll have a look again at your forum chat site
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Postby bond » Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:53 am

I seem to have been in a real minority with my vote for J W Gold. In hindsight, its a bad idea to have had the option of voting for "others". Throws the field a bit too wide open.

Also, its a good thing that blend volumes keep rising, chivas sells a bottle every second and all that. Will keep the distilleries going and we shall continue to get our share of malts. Aren't you happy chivas sells a bottle every second and not, say, Smirnoff?

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Postby LeoDLion » Wed Sep 12, 2007 3:49 pm

In my blended scotch days, favorites are Chivas Regal and JW black. I also like Scoresby - which in my opinion in underrated and very cheap. In a blind test, Scoresby came on top of all the blended scotches!
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Postby pmullin » Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:12 pm

I'll add another thumbs up for Teachers - pretty hard to beat for the price.

A while back I bought one of those JW "Collection" gift packs that included the Red, Black, Gold and Blue. One of my motivations behind the purchase was to try out the JW Blue without plunking down $150 for a bottle.

A couple friends and I sat down to taste the lot and the results were fairly unanimous:
- Use the Red for mixing
- The Black was very respectable
- The Gold was the across-the-board favourite
- The Blue was ok, but did not live up to the hype, nor the price
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Postby hilliamash » Sun Sep 16, 2007 3:05 pm

Grant's Family Reserve would be my pic. Teachers would be #2.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:05 am

I had a taste of Dewar's Signature at Whisky Fringe and it was superb. It was beautifully smooth, with a perfect balance of peat, cream, fruit and sherry. It was very complex, with waves of flavours and an extrordinarily long finish, but it was the balance that made the difference. Almost any flavour you could think of was in there somewhere, but none was too aggressive or dominant.

Unfortunately I don't have my tasting notes with me or I would post them.
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Postby IainB » Tue Sep 18, 2007 2:13 pm

If I had to pick one on the list it would be Campletown Loch 21. I've onlt tried about a third of those on the list.

Favourite though would have to be Jameson 12yo, Powers 12yo or Black Bush.
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Re: Best Blended Whisky

Postby Ardbeggar » Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:48 am

JW Gold is the only blend I can think of that I like and that I'll buy. I've had the Blue before and really didn't think it was all that good - and certainly not for what they charge for it.

The Gold label uses Clynelish as its base malt and I think Clynelish is a really good malt so I'm sure that factors in to the equation.
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Re: Best Blended Whisky

Postby woodhill » Mon Oct 29, 2007 12:18 pm

For me it has to be the J&B 15yr old

My favourite Blend..

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Re: Best Blended Whisky

Postby Peatlover » Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:02 am

Black Bottle for me - a blend of Islay malts....how could it not be the best??!! :P

I drank a lot of it on our 2006 Scotland trip, finding it cheap and extremely enjoyable. When I got home I found it is rated 94 by Jim Murray, so I am not alone!

Cheeeeeeeeeeeers!
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Re: Best Blended Whisky

Postby Admiral » Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:16 am

I recently tried Black Grouse and was suitably impressed.

I wouldn't say it was the best blend ever, but it certainly stands head and shoulders over most.

Cheers,
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Re: Best Blended Whisky

Postby IainB » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:38 pm

I opened a new bottle of 18yo Jameson last night. I have to say that's now probably my favourite blend right now.

Plenty pot-still in this one!
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Re: Best Blended Whisky

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Nov 03, 2007 5:13 am

Voted for Kings Crest 25yo. A great whisky. I had it at a tasting and I must say that it was better than some of the Sinlge malts that were there.



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Postby Steve Rush » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:13 pm

lbacha wrote: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.

Len


Indeed, I haven't delved too much into the world of blends but Black Bottle is one that I'm more than happy to drink. At around £12 a bottle I also think its a good entry level whisky for those starting out on their own whisky trail and wanting to get a feel for the different regions, in this case Islay.
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Re: Best Blended Whisky

Postby K-Mile » Tue Nov 06, 2007 7:39 pm

I can't find JW Red on the list :twisted:

:P

Just kidding, I like my Coke better without ;)
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Re: Best Blended Whisky

Postby hilliamash » Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:30 am

I've said it once (or twice) in other postings/threads, but for my snout....White Horse still is the choice blend. :angel:

The White Horse 12 year is good as well, but difficult to find needless to say.

I recently tried Black Bottle 10 year old, and while it was quite good....it didn't overcome my affinity to WH.

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Re: Best Blended Whisky

Postby jruddy » Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:57 pm

I picked the Ballentines 21 from the list - it is an incredible blend.

But for the value you can't beat Teachers!
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