Hi, New here from Midwestern USA. I have just taken a liking to Scotch in the last few years, though I only have one or two drinks a week (used to drink too heavily). I do get the importance of a Single Malt flavor-wise, though I have to say that I prefer Johnnie Walker Black to most of the SM I've had. Oh, I truly love the Japanese Whisky I've had, but realize it's not exactly the same, nor is it as available to someone unable to drive and buy some.
I have only had the usual SM in fairness, around the same price as JWB. Yet, I am drawn to it. Have had a dad in the Kentucky Whiskey business, I am all about how it is made, which is why I keep trying the SM. I keep reading that the blend was to increase yield (obviously) and for export. Now for a question or two:
Is it mostly for export?
Do the Scottish (and at large rest of Great Britain's Scotch drinkers) drink blended with any regularity or in numbers?
Rumor has it that Churchill drank Johnnie Walker Red (is that the only JW at the time?). Does it break down to the point that the Scottish drink SM and the rest of GB drink blends?
Are or people across the pond as crazy as we are and put a paper bag over our bottle so we do not know what it is or when it will end?