The Blended Whisky Company uses artful blending to prove that a blended whisky can be greater than the sum of its parts. Starting with whiskies from the lost distilleries and continuing with whiskies from the golden age of whisky, The Blended Whisky Company has been recognised as having produced the world's best Scotch blends by the World Whiskies Awards when these were released in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
Only whiskies aged for over 50 years were used to create this astonishing blend. Proving that patience has its rewards, the slow-maturing whiskies contained in The Half-Century Blend were produced in an era where flavour - not forecasts - ruled the roost.
The ‘whisky-boom’ of the late 1960s to the 1980s saw the beginning of an inexorable march towards modernization, and the quest for increased yields at all costs. Before this, distilleries were home to less efficient barley-strains, sprawling on-site floor maltings, inefficient brewer’s yeast, lengthy fermentation times, mucky direct-fired stills, bulky and inefficient worm-tub condensers and less active refill casks. The result? Flavour, subtlety, poise, an incredible depth of fruit-character and a beguiling, ethereal quality sadly missing from many of today’s whiskies.
Just 768 bottles were produced in this first batch.
The Golden Age Blend is a superbly rich, intense and full bodied multi-award-winning blended whisky aged for over 40 years. It stands testament to the extraordinary depth of flavour that can be found in some of the marvellous whiskies distilled during the ‘Golden Age’ of distilling, spanning the early ’60s to the mid ’70s.
The finest venerable malts distilled at Macallan, Glenrothes and Tamdhu were used, with additional character and ‘seasoning’ from gently peated whisky from Bunnahabhain. Finally, an exceptionally well-aged grain whisky from North British was added to tie the malts together and form the backbone of the blend, at a ratio of 4 parts malt to just 1 part grain.
Just 210 bottles are available worldwide.
Best Scotch Blend
World Whiskies Awards - 2016
Blended Scotch Whisky
Trophy - IWSC 2016
Best Scotch Blend
Over 20 Years Old
Trophy - ISC 2016
It is no secret amongst whisky-lovers that some of the greatest and most admired distilleries in Scotland are those that have sadly closed over the years. Be these closures due to economic circumstance, lack of demand, or just bad fortune, many of the whiskies left behind have attained iconic, near-mythical status amongst the whisky cognoscenti.
Now, for the first time, a stunning blended whisky has been created solely from whiskies taken from these once great, now silent distilleries.
Batch 7 is a limited release of 526 bottles crafted using malts from Port Ellen, Caperdonich, Mosstowie, Glenisla, Glenlochy and Imperial with a base of grain whisky from Port Dundas.
World's Best Blended Whisky World Whiskies Awards - 2014