Blended Malt Whisky
Blended malt whisky relates to the term of using no grain whiskies in a blend, simply 100% single malts. These type of whiskies are more complex than blended Scotch whiskies that contain a percentage of grain in their blend, which is cheaper to produce. A particular bottler of Blended malts that we love are Compass Box, who are always pushing the boundaries and experimenting with great new blends.
Murray McDavid's the Vatting series is all about blending some interesting whiskies to a theme. The Àlainn 27 Year Old is all about Islay whiskies, and these have been brought together (vatted) Islay after being finished in a Sherry butt. It was bottled in 2017 at 44.9% ABV.
Siar Port is a vatting of two single malt distilleries, although predominantly the whisky comes from just one of the Highland distilleries (with a dash of the other). Distilled in 1997, the whisky was matured in a bourbon barrel, and 685 bottles were released at 46% ABV.
An interesting and youthful teaspooned Islay blended malt, where one distillerys whisky is blended with a drop of another spirit, this was released as part of Carn Mors Strictly Limited range. For this release, the whisky was matured for 6 years in a refill sherry butt.
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A blended malt that takes single malts from the Highland Park, Tamdhu, Glenrothes (some special Sherry aged malt) and Bunnahabhain distilleries that are all at least 9 years old and is a limited release from Adelphi of just 738 bottles.
A seriously smoky release from the Angels Nectar range, featuring a selection of Highland malts. The Rich Peat edition screams peat smoke, followed by fruity sweetness and chewy toffee.
Have you ever wondered what Ardbeg might taste like when blended with a Speyside single malt (in this case, Craigellachie)? Well, independent bottlers Douglas Laing have gone and done the work for us here with this bottling from their intriguing Double Barrel series.
A curious release of Ardbeg called "Serendipity" that is a mistaken vatting of 80% old Ardbeg with 20% Glen Moray 12 year old that was released back in 2005 with only 16000 bottles of this beautiful accident seeing the light of day.
Big Peat has a big age now. The Gold Edition is a 25 year old blended malt made up entirely of peated whiskies from Islay. Bottled at 52.1% ABV, 3,000 bottles were released for this first edition of Douglas Laing's Vintage Series.
Big Peat Christmas Edition 2016 is unlike any bottling ever released by the firm before — it features Whiskies from every active distillery on the Isle of Islay, as well as from the closed Port Ellen distillery!
Bottled at a natural cask strength of 54.6%, the new Christmas release is proudly without colouring or chill-filtration.
Peatheads will love this!
Released for Christmas 2018, a festive edition of the ever popular Big Peat blended malt that takes malts from Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila and even some Port Ellen to create a classic Islay experience and this one has been bottled at natural cask strength of 53.9%
Bottled in celebration of the wonderful city Edinburgh. A great blend of Islay malts which have been brought together and bottled at 48% ABV.
It's nearly that time of year again where thousands of whisky fans descend on the Island of Islay for the annual festival of music and malt. Douglas Laing's Fèis Ìle 2018 edition of Big Peat was bottled at a slightly higher 48% ABV, and comes complete with a set of stickers so you can modify your own bottle.