Mark Twain once said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough."
Several good single malts with different notes- some assertive, punchy and other smooth and creamy coming together to create a versatile elixir that allows them to dance harmoniously in a glass. Yes, that is blended Scotch for you.
The mere idea of blending a scotch might lead to a whisky snob gasp in horror, but if it wasn't for this, we wouldn't be sipping this magical elixir at all.
That’s right. Back in the day, Single malts just didn’t exist. Blended Scotch was the real Scotch, that made the drink respectable.
It all began in 19th century, when some Scottish gentlemen chanced upon the idea of whisking their inexpensive, grain whisky with the more prominent ones. And there was born, blended Scotch which lead to many of the widely enjoyed brands of today.
Blended Scotch, as the name suggests, is the result of mixing approximately 65% grain whisky with 35% single malts, sometimes from different distilleries. A blender’s job is to mix various whiskies so that they taste the same every time you drink—and the skill required to produce is worth marveling at.
Fun Fact: A good cocktail embodies various notes of blended scotch with other ingredients to craft some amazing cocktails.
The best thing about drinking blended Scotch is that it you don’t have to treat it with the same ritualistic recognition that goes along with drinking single malts.
So go ahead, pour yourself a glass of blended Scotch or make a cocktail out of it, sit back and unwind. And as always, don’t forget to Live Responsibly!
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