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Scotch Whisky - Blended Malt

Ballantine's 12 Years Old, Pure Malt
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Elegantly restrained. An excellent pure malt for socialising.

Bennachie 10 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 Light but pleasant.

Bennachie 17 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 Light but pleasant, with some delicacy and complexity.

Bennachie 21 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 It would take a particularly good parcel of this malt to mature for 21 years.

Berry's Own Selection Islay Reserve Blended Malt
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Perfectly acceptable.

Berry's Own Selection Speyside Reserve Blended Malt
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Nice but needs the middle filling out.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Big Peat
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The smoke is omnipresent. A thick curtain which unveils luscious malty notes though. Islay on the nose and on the tongue.

World Whiskies Awards 2008 - World's Best Blended Malt Whisky - Winner

Blue Hanger 3rd Release 30 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 45.60%
8 By definition vatted malts are designed to iron out blemishes but rarely rise above the good or very good. This is exceptional not just against this competition but in any categoryof whisky. Outstandi...

Blue Hanger 4th Limited Release
Blended Malt - Scotland - 45.60%
8 Complex and fascinating. Snap it up.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Bruichladdich Celtic Nations
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Seems to have stored all the ingredients for a healthy breakfast. A morning dram? Quite inviting.

Cadenhead's Classic Range Campbeltown
Blended Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 Seems simple at first, but gradually reveals subtleties. Stylish, teasing.

Cadenhead's Classic Range, Highland
Blended Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 How nice this would be with one of those tasteful desserts that involves a ‘sugar nest' and some fresh fruit.

Cadenhead's Classic Range, Islay
Blended Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 You can see why the Germans get so obsessed with this stuff. A peaty happy-slap.

Carme
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Put off slightly by a fatty edge, but otherwise a balanced and satisfying malt.

Cearban Vatted Malt
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Quite simple but pleasant.

Clan Campbell 8 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
6 To stimulate a sweet tooth when served with a fruit cake.

Clan Denny Speyside Blended Malt
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 I've no idea how you can distil a garden shed, but they've done it. Highly evocative - if weird.

Compass Box Asyla
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A refreshing dram. Straightforward, clean. No complexity but it does not boast sophistication. Simplicity and natural are also great qualities.

Compass Box Asyla
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Plenty of attack, but straightforward rather than complex. Suggested as a base for cocktails. I'll work on that...

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Compass Box Eleuthera
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Hold your glass to your ear and listen to water lapping against the tarred boat hull.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Compass Box Flaming Heart
Blended Malt - Scotland - 48.90%
8 Worth a try but not the most subtle or refined of the range.

World Whiskies Design Awards 2012 - Best Illustration - Winner Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Compass Box Oak Cross
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Perky, smooth yet firm and spicy. Clever stuff and hugely drinkable.

World Whiskies Design Awards 2012 - Best Label - Winner Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Compass Box The Peat Monster
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A monster? As compared to earlier creations from the same house, but don't expect mass hysteria on Park Avenue.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Compass Box The Peat Monster
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A warm, clean and charming whisky. The Islay influence is there but gently flirting with a mainland fellow. An accomplished character.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Compass Box The Peat Monster Reserve
Blended Malt - Scotland - 48.90%
8 Not so much a Monster,more a Big Friendly Giant.


 

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