Lord_Pfaffin wrote:...I would rather not buy a blend, no matter how inexpensive it would be sure to disappoint. My interest shifted toward a bottle of the Century Reserve 21yr old rye...
An interesting concept, one that has been debated on these pages on and off for a while. For me, blends tend to be better buy below a certain price point (C$40) at the LCBO. Below this you can get the McClelland's 5yr old series, or Glen Parker (my all-time worst choice), neither of which got me going.
Balvinie 10yr (C$40) isn't bad and Abelour is about the same price, but at this price point, I might go for a blend such as JW Black. If you haven't tried this blend I'd suggest you try a 200ml bottle. It's gotten wonderful reviews, and although it's not my cup of tea, it's obviously well made. Irish whiskies (Jameson 12, and Blackbush) although blends, beat out some single malts IMHO.
Probably the most interesting house blend whisky I've tried is Kilbeggan - too bad it's only brought in once in a while through the vintages program. If you really don't like blends, then fair play to you. My point is that there are a lot of blends to try, and some of them may speak to you if given a chance. JW Gold seems to have a cult following, and deservedly so.
By-the-by, I thought you should know that the Century Reserve 21yr that you're considering is a blend.