Whisky Magazine Issue 99
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The word 'blended' whisky seems to be one that divides the drinking public, and possibly the worst reaction you can get from people is the opinion that single malts are best and blends are somehow inferior.
Personally I find this attitude so frustrating, and indeed lacking in vision and education.
For a start this ignores the fact that without blended whisky we would not have the world of single malts. There is a symbiosis between the two. Blends need the broad flavour spectrum of the single malt distilleries to create their depth, weight and infinite variety.
Conversely single malts rely on the blends to be the storm troopers of the whisky world, cracking markets open, lighting the touch paper of whisky passion and providing a basis for initial education.
So really, in my eyes, cutting yourself off from blended whisky by dismissing it as inferior is just denying a whole world of flavour.
I know the phrase 'blends are like an orchestra playing in harmony' is somewhat overused but after having tasted 50 different varieties for the Blended Supplement, the description is spot on.
Fine, so sometimes you get a blend that is not as well put together, you can see the joins between grain and malt, but let's face it there are some single malts that have been over- or under-whelmed by the wood.
Then there is the fact that blends account for something like 85 per cent or more of global whisky sales; someone somewhere is enjoying them. Ok, this may make them mass market, but if yo...