- 17 May 2020
ZippBike's Best Blended Scotch Whiskies 2020
While everyone these days wants to talk about single-malt Scotch whisky, the fact is, two-thirds of all whisky sales still are blends. Snobs turn up their noses at blends, casting them as inferior to single-malts, but, in fact, there are outstanding whisky blends and they offer exceptional value.
ZippBike has a great selection of outstanding blended Scotch whiskies, ranging from entry-level brands to premium selections. Many are multiple award winners. They all offer an excellent whisky that is available at a compelling price in relation to its peers and can be delivered to your door within an hour.
1) Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
43% ABV, 750 ml
This is a blend of 3 Speyside malt whiskies all owned by William Grant & Sons: Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie. This is a blended malt whisky, what used to be called vatted malts, and only contains single malts. The name Monkey Shoulder is a reference to a repetitive shoulder injury caused by shoveling malted barley by hand. Batch 27 refers to the practice of blending 27 barrels at a time for each bottling.
2) Chivas Regal 12-Year-Old
40% ABV, 750 ml
Another consistent multiple award winner, Chivas 12-Year is a very refined, blended whisky replete with notes of honey, fruit and dried herbs. Exceptionally rich and creamy it offers a complex and nuanced array of aromas and flavors. An exceptional value for the price.
40% ABV, 750 ml
Dewar’s touts its whisky as being “double-aged,” meaning that after initial maturation and blending the blend is put into an oak cask for another six months to marry the whiskies together before bottling (other brands use a similar process). The blend consists of grain whisky and single malts drawing from the Dewar’s portfolio (Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Royal Brackla, and Deveron), among others. Dewar’s White Label is a very popular whisky but you can also try the 12-, 15- and 18-year-old blends for something a bit more complex and rich.
The Famous Grouse, a very popular blend in its home country of Scotland, is owned by Edrington. This means that single malts like The Macallan and Highland Park are certainly found within the blend, along with whisky from many other Scottish distilleries. The sherry cask influence is evident in this sweeter blend. While it’s not the most complex blended scotch out there, The Famous Grouse is incredibly easy to drink.
Is there a more popular blend than Johnnie Walker? Everyone around the world seems to know and drink this whisky, which is made from grain whisky and single malts from the expansive Diageo portfolio (Lagavulin, Talisker, Caol Ila, etc.). Maybe skip Red Label and start with Black, but as prices increase all the way up Blue Label, the blend loses the grain whisky and becomes a marriage of just single malts.