Re: A Vatted Grain Whisky?
Grain whisky is indeed made in column stills from any grain, usually whatever is cheapest. It could as easily as not be barley, if that happens to be what is available--I believe it has been a good many years since barley was the cheapest grain available in the UK, but I have heard of such--and I see no reason why it shouldn't be malted. "Vatted grain" is a category that would appear to be nothing more than theoretical if not for Hedonism; I know of no other. It is simply, as the name says, a vatting of more than one grain whisky. My impression, contrary to what has been stated above, is that it is certainly scotch whisky; it's whisky (by definition made from grain, not necessarily barley) made in Scotland. Logic tells me that it can't be scotch whisky unless all its constituent parts are scotch whisky; if blends containing grain whiskies are scotch whisky, then grain whisky is scotch whisky. ("Single malt" must be made only from malted barley.) Of course, logic does not always come into play in such matters, and if I am demonstrated to be wrong, it will be neither the first time, nor particularly shocking.