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.
This remarkable blended Scotch whisky combines whiskies of no less than 40 years of age taking its inspiration from the legendary whiskies produced in the 1960s and 1970s. An age when a boom in American demand for Scotch and a rise in bulk needs from Japan meant new distilleries were built and mothballed ones reopened.
The Roman Numerals are far more than just a 40 year old age statement however. The XL blend is distinctly “extra-large” in flavour and in maturity, with most of the blend being of much greater age which is, um, XL-ent.
Combining some of the most XL-ent whiskies from across Scotland, this Speyside-led union is rich and intense, with ancient grain and old Sherry cask-matured whiskies from the 20th century’s boom period of Scotch whisky distilling delivering dumbfounding depth and at least 4 alliterative “D”s.
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 11 is a limited release of just 600 bottles. This batch features malt whisky from Caperdonich, Rosebank, Imperial, Mosstowie, Glen Mhor, Glenisla, Glenlochy, Craigduff, Port Ellen and Brora, along with grain whisky from Port Dundas.
World's Best Blended Whisky World Whiskies Awards - 2014