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Blended Whisky

Whilst you won’t have any trouble finding site after site dedicated to single malts, it’s a little harder to find an introduction to blended whisky.

You may be wondering why this is the case? The thing is, many people are under the misconception that blended whisky is inferior to single malt. That it is somehow a ‘cheat’s version’ of whisky produced by the single pot method. Here at Frootbat, we love our whisky and want to set the record straight. Blended whisky is, indeed a different variety of the beautiful spirit, offering a lighter and slightly sweeter palate, but, these days, is by no means inferior at all.


The History of Blended Whisky
Many people’s belief that blended whisky is a lower quality spirit comes from the fact that -  initially - blended whisky was created to make the whisky making process more profitable for distilleries. Beginning in the late 19th century, distilleries were allowed to blend a number of different spirits together to create a lighter, sweeter spirit with a consistent taste from batch to batch. The process of blending whisky was introduced by the Scotsman, Andrew Usher. He blended the strong and savory single malt whiskies of the day with grain whiskies, creating a lighter spirit.
Because the process required a move away from the traditional single pot method, many people who loved the depth and savory taste of single malt, decided that the new version of the spirit was not for them – and therefore inferior. The new sweetness introduced by blended whisky was, however, extremely appealing to many people and blended whisky became popular very quickly. The world's oldest whisky is over 150 years old and was bottled somewhere between 1851 and 1858.

So what is a Blended Whisky?
There are three types of blended whisky: Blended Scotch, blended malt and blended grain whisky. Blended Whisky can consist of any mixture of different whiskies, hailing from different distilleries. The taste of a blended whisky is therefore determined by the character of the whiskies it uses.
A blended Scotch, is a combination of a barrel-aged malt whisky and a proportion of grain whisky (a whisky made with barley as well as other grains). These two types of whisky are blended together to create a consistent taste across all bottles, rather than the varied effect a single malt can offer from cask to cask.  

A blended grain whisky is created through the blending two or more single grain whiskies from any country, whilst blended malt whisky combines only malt whiskies.

Generally, most blended whiskies will contain more grain whisky than malt. The higher the ratio of malt in the blend, the higher quality it’s considered to have as the resulting flavour will be deeper, less sweet and heavier.
Moderate consumption of whisky can bring benefits to your health. It’s said to prevent stroke, heart attacks, dementia, clotted arteries, cancer and increase good cholesterol.


The Role of the Master Blender
With the millions of potential flavour profiles from blending different whiskies, the role of getting it ‘right’ for any distillery is that of the Master Blender.

The Master Blender’s job is to choose up to 20 different whiskies each with a complimentary taste, to work together in forming a unique and celebrated blended whisky.

And it’s no easy feat. The challenges a Master Blender will face include the character of one or more of their chosen whiskies changing over time. Or worse, being discontinued. Their role is to maintain the consistency of the blend, so tiny changes such as this, even in a blend with many whiskies can be a real challenge. This being the case, Master Blenders are experts in their field, constantly researching and testing both the existing whiskies in their blends and any new, potential replacements.

Where to Start with Blended Whisky
With thousands of blended whiskies on the market, it can be hard to know where to start with your tasting journey. We’ve put together a few suggestions, based on our own tastes and customer feedback to get you going, but remember, wherever you start, the beauty of blended whisky is that there’s a perfect blend out there for everyone. Enjoy finding yours!
FROOTBAT HAS 392 Blended Whiskies AVAILABLE TO SHIP TO Australia
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Hibiki Japanese Harmony Blended Whisky
Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony Blended Whisky 700ml Bottle
$115.906 buying options
Blue Label King George V Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$495.008 buying options
Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$169.997 buying options
Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky 1.75lt Bottle
$550.001 buying option
Hibiki Deep Harmony Blended Whisky
Suntory Hibiki Deep Harmony Blended Whisky 700ml Bottle
$4,999.001 buying option
From The Barrel Japanese Whisky
Nikka From The Barrel Japanese Whisky 500ml Bottle
$69.9913 buying options
Regal 18 Year Old Gold Signature Blended Scotch Whisky
Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Gold Signature Blended Scotch Whisky 1.75lt Bottle
$249.991 buying option
Blue Label Limited Edition Year of the Ram Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Limited Edition Year of the Ram Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$549.001 buying option
Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky 375ml Bottle
$26.909 buying options
Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky 200ml Bottle
$42.001 buying option
Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$199.992 buying options
Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$67.908 buying options
XR 21 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker XR 21 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$148.9910 buying options
XR 21 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker XR 21 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$179.991 buying option
Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$40.003 buying options
Royal Salute The Directors Celebration Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
Chivas Royal Salute The Directors Celebration Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$440.001 buying option
Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$75.008 buying options
Kakubin Whisky
Suntory Kakubin Whisky 700ml Bottle
$44.687 buying options
Black Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal Black Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$69.991 buying option
Hibiki Mellow Harmony Blended Whisky
Suntory Hibiki Mellow Harmony Blended Whisky 700ml Bottle
$4,999.001 buying option
XR Canadian Whiskey
Crown Royal XR Canadian Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$150.992 buying options
Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky 375ml Bottle
$32.881 buying option
Green Label 15 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$64.958 buying options
The Monarch 15 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Dewar's The Monarch 15 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$67.992 buying options
Classic 12 Year Old Canadian Whisky
Canadian Club Classic 12 Year Old Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$53.991 buying option
Swing Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Swing Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$87.995 buying options
Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky
Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$100.001 buying option
Solera Malt Whisky
Starward Solera Malt Whisky 700ml Bottle
$85.072 buying options
Royal Salute Diamond Tribute 21 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Chivas Royal Salute Diamond Tribute 21 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$280.492 buying options
Regal 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 1lt Bottle
$69.994 buying options
Regal 18 Year Old Gold Signature Blended Scotch Whisky
Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Gold Signature Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$93.991 buying option
Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$125.001 buying option
Signature Blended Scotch Whisky
Dewar's Signature Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$170.006 buying options
Explorers Club Collection The Royal Route Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Explorers Club Collection The Royal Route Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$139.992 buying options
Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky 200ml Bottle
$15.995 buying options
Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Red Label Blended Scotch Whisky 1lt Bottle
$49.953 buying options
Taketsuru Pure Malt 21 Year Old Blended Malt Whisky
Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 21 Year Old Blended Malt Whisky 700ml Bottle
$785.001 buying option
Alabama Style Conecuh Ridge Whiskey
Clyde May's Alabama Style Conecuh Ridge Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$74.992 buying options
Platinum Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Platinum Label Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$99.993 buying options
Iwai Tradition Blended Japanese Whisky
Mars Iwai Tradition Blended Japanese Whisky 750ml Bottle
$84.995 buying options
Blue Label 200th Anniversary Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$6,490.002 buying options
30 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Ballantine's 30 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$414.901 buying option
De Luxe Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal De Luxe Canadian Whisky 750ml Bottle
$55.904 buying options
Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Black Label Blended Scotch Whisky 1lt Bottle
$64.002 buying options
Extra Premium 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
Label 5 Extra Premium 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$50.992 buying options
Platinum Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Platinum Label Blended Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$120.002 buying options
Finest Blended Scotch Whisky
Ballantine's Finest Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$37.001 buying option
Regal Extra Blended Scotch Whisky
Chivas Regal Extra Blended Scotch Whisky 700ml Bottle
$52.957 buying options
Brothers Royal Citation Blended Scotch Whisky
Chivas Brothers Royal Citation Blended Scotch Whisky 750ml Bottle
$160.001 buying option
Forgiven Bourbon and Rye Straight Whiskey
Wild Turkey Forgiven Bourbon and Rye Straight Whiskey 750ml Bottle
$72.884 buying options
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