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Blended / Vatted Malt

A blended malt, formerly called a vatted malt, or pure malt, is a blend of different single malt whiskies from different distilleries, as opposed to single malt whisky, which is the blending of different casks or batches from the same distillery. Blended malts are typically soft textured, delicious, flavourful whiskies with broad appeal. Johnnie Walker Green has long been a benchmark, but you'll find a good cross-section of styles represented here, many of which we taste and rate to further guide your purchase. You can also subscribe to our Spirits and Liqueurs Email Newsletter to keep up to date with new arrivals, whisky tastings, special offers and more.

      Adelphi Glenborrodale 11 Year Old Batch 8 Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
      SCOTLAND
      $140. 00 Bottle
      $1680.00 Dozen
      ABV: 46%
      Notes from Adelphi... Honeysuckle, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes and flapjacks with honey. Oodles of McCowan’s Highland Toffee, salted popcorn and a hint of fresh mint with a wisp of smoke. The youngest component is 11 years old. 46% Alc./Vol. 1404 bottles.
      • 93
        Adelphi The E&K 5 Year Old Fusion Cask Strength Blended Malt Whisky (700ml)
        $299. 00 Bottle
        $3588.00 Dozen
        ABV: 57.8%
        Another impressive example of Adelphi's remarkable blending flair.

        Following on from the sell-out Kincardine comes the second incarnation of Adelphi’s Indian-Scotch fusion. Vatted from two casks of India’s Amrut single malt and Scotland’s Ardmore and Glenrothes, with all whiskies being a minimum of 5 years of age, the "E&K" pays homage to the 9th Earl of Elgin and 13th Earl of Kincardine, Victor Bruce.

        As Governor of India from 1894 to 1899, Bruce oversaw improvements to India’s railway system, worked to combat drought and famine and helped stabilise the currency. There's also a personal connection to the historical reference: Bruce is the Great Grandfather of Alex Bruce, Adelphi's Managing Director. Capped at 825 bottles world wide.

        Tasting note: Bright gold. A shifting bouquet offering an engaging amalgam of tropical fruits, flashes of sherry and lifted spices. 5-10 minutes accents toffee apple, peppermint and cocoa. A vibrant whisky brimming with flavour and mini spice explosions that dapple the tongue. Very well integrated. Dried fruits with a smokey-sherried edge? Amrut dominates at natural strength. Water broadens and softens the profile adding length and drawing out attractive fruity-oily Speyside notes. 57.8% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
        • 92
          Berry Bros & Rudd Classic Sherry Cask Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
          SCOTLAND
          $84. 99 Bottle
          $1019.88 Dozen
          ABV: 44.2%
          High quality sherry casks are considered a luxury in the world of whisky, and the spirits they mature often command top dollar. The boys at Berry Bros have done a great job here with heritage director Ronnie Cox and spirits buyer, Doug McIvor, clearly enjoying the job of blending this sought after and uniquely engaging style.

          "The name Berry Bros & Rudd in connection with wine and spirits means liquid in a bottle which exudes ever-trustworthy quality and flavour," said Cox. "It was with these values that Dougie and I assembled this range – a hugely enjoyable task." He adds, "The resulting Classic range is a variety of top-quality blended malts not only delivering what they say on the label, but a “go-to” portfolio to suit a variety of palates and moods." Says McIvor, "For excellence, I look for balance and complexity, maturity and texture. Equally, age is not king; maturity counts for much more."

          Tasting note: Spectacular deep copper colour. Dry nose-feel is attractively sherried with some Seville orange and nuttiness, dates, raisins and even a touch of rancio. Same goes for the palate; initially spicy before settling into a superb blend - a lovely definition of dried fruits (dates, prunes and raisins) – especially towards the finish. Follows with cinnamon and pepper warmth, zesty freshness, hints of bitter dark chocolate and Christmas cake through the aftertaste. The balance is spot on. Great cask selection. A primer for anyone wanting to acquaint themselves with sherried styles (without emptying their wallet). 44.2% Alc./Vol.
          • 94
          • Nick's Import
          Berry Brothers & Rudd Blue Hanger 11th Limited Release Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
          SCOTLAND
          $149. 99 Bottle
          $1799.88 Dozen
          ABV: 45.6%

          Awarded 'Blended Malt of the Year’ by Whisky Advocate Magazine in 2016.
          Final shipment.

          The Blue Hanger releases were originally reserved for the diplomatic market in the 1930s but faded into history until being revived in 2003 by Doug McIvor, Master of Cask Selection at Berry Bros & Rudd. The first edition was a sublime marriage of Glenlivet and Glen Grant which produced just 723 bottles from a total of 4 hogsheads. It sold out almost immediately upon release, and its success was repeated by many subsequent expressions. Creation of a new edition only takes place when Doug feels they've secured the right casks to create a complimentary addition to the range.
          And the name? It's a tribute to one of Berry's early customers, so called because of the shade of clothes he wore. William 'Blue' Hanger, aka 'Lord Coleraine', was a loyal regular of the Wine Shop at the end of the 18th century and considered "one of the best dressed men of his day."

          Tasting note: [15ml sample] Another outstanding vatted malt from BBR. The 11th in the series is a sultry combination of eight casks – four hogsheads, three butts and a puncheon, including both peated and unpeated Bunnahabhain. Very light / pale gold. A semblance of Johnnie Walker Green to this (as it was a few decades back); the same seamless integration of fruit, vanilla-laced malt and menthol-freshness overlaid by a delicate blanket of oily peat. The smokiness is slightly more evident in the flavour but kept in check by the vibrant, salivating malt, orange spice cake and peel freshness. Spot on balance. Beautifully rounded and very moreish. Non-chill filtered. 45.6% Alc./Vol.

          Other reviews... It’s the intensity of flavor that just grabbed me by the lapels and spun me round. It harbors intense tangelo juiciness; that unparalleled concentration of deep citrus skillfully mingled with dark vanilla, dried apricots, and gentle smoke. This goes the distance, delivering wave after delicious wave: peach juice, mandarin, pineapple cubes, and lemon zest. A firm, unctuous finish shows a little charred wood and dark sugar cloaked in fine smoke. Tongue pleasing and very special indeed. 92 points
          - maltadvocate.com (Spring 2015) Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick

            Cardhu 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) - Old Bottling
            Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
            $499. 00 Bottle
            $5988.00 Dozen
            ABV: 43%
            A charming Cardhu labelled as "Pure Malt", probably produced for the travel retail market and bottled through the 1980s. The single malt from this distillery forms the heart of the Johnnie Walker blends, hence the striding man depicted on the front of the box. 43% Alc./Vol. One only to sell from a private collection.

            Note: Some minor markings to the outer carton, but overall excellent condition.
              Cladach (Special Release 2018) Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
              SCOTLAND
              $250. 00 Bottle
              $3000.00 Dozen
              ABV: 57.1%
              It looks like a Blended Malt offering is going to become part of every annual release following the success of the 'Collectivum'. Diageo have endless potential to create these interesting expressions with their massive array of 27 distilleries and huge blending team working on all the Johnnie Walkers et al. They've gone full coastal this year, combining six distilleries: Caol Ila, Clynelish, Inchgower, Lagavulin, Oban and Talisker. The whiskies are on the younger side and were matured in first fill oak which makes for a vibrant, energetic dram. Tasted at the Diageo launch, we thought this was pretty satisfying, with a lovely oily texture, brooding smokiness and loads of pepper. A little water transforms the profile to salted caramel ice cream.

              Other reviews... Sun-bleached driftwood, iodine, curry spices, and hot asphalt, with a highly charged, aromatic smokiness: a combination of peat kiln and crackling moorland blaze. There is serenity too, with soft cream, ripe citrus, and key lime pie. Thick and glossy, it’s an intense, mouth-puckering, cask-strength prospect. Chocolate, cinnamon, and mint collide with a barrage of clove and barrel char. Booming spices reverberate in the grip of an extremely long finish.
              92 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Jonny McCormick (Winter 2018)
              • 94
              • Nick's Import
              Claxton's Exploration Series Islay 8 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
              Islay, SCOTLAND
              $110. 00 Bottle
              $1320.00 Dozen
              ABV: 50%
              Tasting note: A teaspooned malt from a legendary South Islay producer. If you've never heard of teaspooning, it's when an indie bottler buys a cask, but the distillery doesn't want their name on the label. As a control, a teaspoon of another malt is added. By law, this procedure prevents buyers from bottling the cask(s) under the official distillery name - or as single malt Scotch whisky - hence the classification as a Blended Malt. Youthful straw gold in colour, the nose offers a high definition Islay sniff with lifted, peppery openings, becoming more maritime and minerally; empty sea shells, pickled citrus and menthol tobacco; big peat gains an earthy edge after 3-4 minutes air contact. Solid ABV and no shortage of phenols, but the sherry has a rounding effect. Smoked citrus, light brine and eucalyptus enliven the finish. Official age statements from this distillery have been wimpish of late. This fills a void. 50% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
              • 93
                Collectivum XXVIII (Special Release 2017) Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                SCOTLAND
                $265. 00 Bottle
                $3180.00 Dozen
                ABV: 57.3%
                For many, the most intriguing whisky in this year's line up.

                Dr Nick Morgan, Diageo’s Head of Whisky Outreach has stated he's particularly keen to see the response to the new Collectivum XXVIII: An ambitious blending excercise utilising whiskies from all 28 of Diageo's working single malt distilleries. There's no confirmation that Collectivum XXVIII will be repeated. This fact combined with a very accessible price point should make it a strong choice for collectors.

                The full breakdown includes malts from Auchroisk, Benrinnes, Blair Athol, Caol Ila, Cardhu, Clynelish, Cragganmore, Dailuaine, Dalwhinnie, Dufftown, Glendullan, Glen Elgin, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie, Glen Ord, Glen Spey, Inchgower, Knockando, Lagavulin, Linkwood, Mannochmore, Mortlach, Oban, Roseisle, Royal Lochnagar, Strathmill, Talisker and Teaninich. Serge Valentin notes the inclusion of Roseisle, "...which suggests that this blended malt cannot be older than 6 years, as Roseisle Distillery was inaugurated on October 11, 2010. Are you following me?" Regardless of age, blended malts can be as exciting as any great Single Malt. Serge's verdict? "...it's possibly the best 6yo ever. Ha!" See review below.

                Tasting note: Burnished gold. Pillowy soft on the nose - puffs of shortbread and sponge cake, faint peat, beeswax and emerging sweet, fruity malt in its purest form imaginable. There’s a sense of elegance here. In the mouth, it’s medium bodied with notes of fruit cremes, honey-laced malt (beeswax) and vanilla framed by a lively and tangy freshness. Outstanding balance. Mildly waxy and nutty through the finish with lingering orchard fruits. Very good, but needs time to open up. Don't hurry this one. 57.3% Alc./Vol.

                Other reviews… An incredibly complex creation... this has minted toffee, gummy bears, raw gooseberry, fresh whole grain bread, and earthy spices shaken over sweet banoffee pie. Rich fruit, cocoa, granular white chocolate, dark citrus, waxy caramel bars, nutmeg, cinnamon, and bitter dark chocolate. Water stimulates green fruit notes. A beautiful sugared almond note materializes with sweet fudge and dried apple dipped in chocolate. 94 points
                whiskyadvocate.com, Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick (Winter 2017)

                This is advertised as a blend of all 28 operational malt distilleries owned by Diageo – not a 28yo mind you - which implies that there’s some Roseisle, which suggests that this blended malt cannot be older than 6, as Roseisle Distillery was inaugurated on October 11, 2010. Are you following me? Colour: gold. Nose: everybody knows that Diageo have great blenders who do not only work with spreadsheets, and it seems that this is more evidence. Starts perfectly cake-y, with some custard, apple pie, beeswax, then hints of beef bouillon (sherry?) and fresh cigars, then a mossy side, as well as mushrooms. We knew this was going to be well composed, didn’t we. With water: very, and I mean very malty. Some spicy oak and some paraffin in the background. Mouth (neat): wow! It’s a tad ‘jumbled’ at first, which is normal, but there are leading malts in there, possibly Clynelish for example, and clarity is soon to appear. It’s not impossible that they’ve added quite some Talisker too, if you ask me. The whole is excellent, getting peatier by the second. Good pepper, good oranges. With water: swims very well, citrus up, peppermint up as well. Finish: long, rather sharp, keeping your palate fresh. Smoky aftertaste. Comments: possibly the best 6yo ever. Ha!
                89 points - Serge Valentin, www.whiskyfun.com
                • 90
                  Douglas Laing's The Epicurean Lowland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                  Lowlands, SCOTLAND
                  $99. 99 Bottle
                  $1199.88 Dozen
                  ABV: 46.2%
                  The "Lowland" Epicurean joins Douglas Laing's regional range of colourfully packaged drams including "Timorous Beastie" from the Highlands, "Scallywag" from Speyside, "Rock Oyster" from the Islands and "Big Peat" from Islay. The packaging features the Epicurean himself, with no attention to detail spared, from the cocktail shaker, crystal decanter and barley husk illustrations, to the charmingly rhythmic pack copy that matches the whisky style and well and truly brings the spirit and its namesake to life.

                  Fred Laing, Managing Director and 2nd Generation in the Laing family business, adds, "Back in 1930s Glasgow, The Epicurean, as everyone knew him, was the life and soul of any party. Wherever he popped in for a dram, you’d find him surrounded by a circle of admirers, regaling them with captivating tales of derring-do, of chance encounters in foreign climes and of the fine food and drink he feasted upon his travels. Our new expression is in honour of that roguish character who never fails to deliver charm, charisma and just a little bit of cheek."

                  Tasting note: Pours like young Riesling with a very pale straw hue. Floral aromas are grassy / mildly gingery. Fruitiness develops as hints of elderflower, geranium and delicate vanilla wafer. Crisp, spicy delivery with flavours of rice crackers, straw and vanilla. Finish is fresh, zesty with white pepper and delicate citrus peel / vanilla hinted at in the aftertaste. Lively and appetising. 46.2 Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
                  • 91
                    Douglas Laing's Rock Island Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                    Glasgow, SCOTLAND
                    $99. 99 Bottle
                    $1199.88 Dozen
                    ABV: 46.8%
                    Established in 1948, independent Scotch whisky specialist, Douglas Laing & Co have released a brand new Island inspired “Vatted” Malt – Rock Island.

                    Bottled at 46.8% and without colouring or chill-filtration, this Small Batch bottling has a truly maritime character of sea-salt, sweet peat, smoke, honey and pepper. Containing top notch Whiskies from Scotland’s islands, including those distilled on Islay, Arran, Orkney and Jura, it’s no wonder Master Blender Fred Laing says “If I could select just one dram to transport the Whisky enthusiast to the Islands of Scotland, it would be this!"

                    Tasting note: Pale straw / gold. Sea breeze then faint iodine followed by lanolin and kipper on the nose. Lipsmacking with a tangy lanolin-peat, salt'n'pepper profile. Finish adds vanilla and suggests citrus zest. Concludes salty, vibrant and medium long. A delicious blend with a distinctive 'island' edge. 46.8% Alc./Vol.

                    Other reviews... The final cornerstone of Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts range, this blended malt celebrates the best from the Islands. The peat smoke finds harmony with the nose of pine, lemon curd, dewy lawns, and vanilla fudge. This is gloriously full-flavored; the peatiness certainly delivers, but there is a pleasant nip of saltiness too. The black pepper finish leads to a long lasting salty smack on the lips. Make this your hipflask essential for bracing excursions along the shoreline. 87 points - www.maltadvocate.com (Fall 2015) Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick
                      Douglas Laing's Timorous Beastie Highland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                      Glasgow, SCOTLAND
                      $99. 99 Bottle
                      $1199.88 Dozen
                      ABV: 46.8%
                      A non chill filtered vatted malt including whiskies from Blair Athol, Glen Garioch, Dalmore and Glengoyne distilleries.

                      Other reviews... This wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie is a blended malt of Highland whiskies from Douglas Laing, the latest of their regional recipes to join Scallywag and Big Peat. Perfumed soaps in muslin bags, dried sprigs of heather, beeswax, and Edinburgh rock give this an intriguing bouquet. Juicy: mandarins glow with green plums and Granny Smith apples. Ripe, yellow fruits and spices mid-palate conclude with sweet malt and fading creaminess sweeping around the gums. Distinctive and laudable. 86 points
                      - maltadvocate.com (Spring 2015) Reviewed by: Jonny McCormick
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                        Elements of Islay Peat Full Proof Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (500ml)
                        Islay, SCOTLAND
                        $120. 00 Bottle
                        $1440.00 Dozen
                        ABV: 59.3%
                        A new ongoing release from Speciality Drinks that blends malt whiskies from a handful of distilleries across Islay. Great straight up, Full Proof is also ideal for classic cocktails that demand a big flavourful whisky base.

                        Tasting note: Pale straw / water like hue. Nosing over 3-4 minutes runs the gamut of all things peaty. Dark chocolate, then cool mint-fresh, peppery whiffs of kipper / kelp / seashore; damp terracotta and threads of Crunchie bar in the later stages, finally eclipsed by earthier notes of woolshed / farmyard / lanolin. Intense yet balanced with restrained oily malt, iodine and white pepper. Solid length. Dries out considerably towards the finish. Just about all you could want in an Islay dram. 59.3% Alc./Vol.

                        • 93
                          Elements of Islay Peat Pure Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (500ml)
                          Islay, SCOTLAND
                          $89. 99 Bottle
                          $1079.88 Dozen
                          ABV: 45%
                          "Peat 45" is the reduced strength release of Elements of Islay's smokey duo. Also a vatted malt, this has the same classic Islay character as the 'Full Proof' version with notes of fruit, spice and smoke, only less oomph.

                          Tasting note: Matured in a Bourbon cask. Pale / water like appearance. Soft and fluffy on the nose with biscuity notes to the fore (granita, choc-ripple) plus faint citrus. Air contact shifts the accent to lanolin / wool shed. Still later a malty base note dominates along with cocoa. Breezy, soft and drying in the mouth, especially towards the finish. Flavours of kipper, spiced citrus and light pepper, turning mineral dry to finish with lanolin lingering in the final stages. Evocative of young Lagavulin. Nicely done. 45% Alc./Vol.
                          • 94
                          • 95
                            Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                            Fife, SCOTLAND
                            $79. 99 Bottle
                            $959.88 Dozen
                            ABV: 43%
                            '...God, I love this stuff... this is exactly how a vatted malt should be and one of the best samples I've come across since its launch.'
                            - 95 points, Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2017.

                            Johnnie Walker Green Label is the only whisky in the Walker range to carry the 'Blended Malt Scotch Whisky' certification. It replaces the older term 'Vatted Malt' and indicates that the whisky has been blended exclusively from single malts, and not blended with inexpensive grain whisky.

                            The Walker family began buying some of Scotland's finest distilleries over 100 years ago. Now, with over 27 malt whisky producers in ownership, the company doesn't have to look too far for the very best material. They can choose from the cream of the crop, and have also acquired over a century of distilling experience in the process, guaranteeing the quality of their whisky well into the future.

                            Undisputed as one of the all-time classics in its genre, Green label is instantly recognisable as a Walker blend, with a profile of fresh and slightly fruity aromas with hints of mango and toffee followed by the trademark whiff of peat & sea air that distinguishes most of the JW stable.

                            Tasting note: Brassy gold / impeccable clarity. A sophisticated, expressive nose offers an assemblage of soft, sweet peat, oatmeal biscuit, dried mango / fig, white pepper with good freshness - sustained even after several minutes in the glass. Full and well rounded in the mouth with nipping spices carrying the malty attack, along with flavours of salted crackers, restrained peat and an oily-yet-crisp finish with strong staying power. The vivacious and intensely flavoured character of this vatting will keep you coming back time and again. Forget Blue Label: Green and Gold remain the stars in the JW line up. 43% Alc./Vol.

                            Other reviews... Just as complex as Johnnie Walker Gold, but fuller and more richly textured. (Not surprising, given that there are no grain whiskies in Johnnie Walker Green.) This is one of the finer vatted malts on the market. Its flavors are well-integrated. You’ll find creamy toffee and nougat at its core, which is then layered with notes of vanilla, mint, fresh brine, and even a hint of mustard seed. Excitingly fresh and vibrant on the finish. A whisky for both the blend and single malt drinker. And at the price, it is also fairly valued for an all-malt whisky.
                            89 points - www.maltadvocate.com (Summer 2005) Reviewed by: John Hansell

                            • 90
                              Monkey Shoulder Batch 27 Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                              Dufftown, SCOTLAND
                              $56. 99 Bottle
                              $683.88 Dozen
                              ABV: 40%

                              “Monkey Shoulder” is named after an afflication sufferred by distillery workers engaged in the back-breaking work of turning the malting barley with a shiel (a kind of large wooden spade). Thankfully machines do this now, but this whisky has been named in honour of their passion. Produced by Malt Master David Stewart at William Grant & Sons, the whisky is a blended malt made up of 27 casks from Kininvie, Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries. (Kininvie has been in production for over a decade but without a bottling of any kind coming onto the market). The bottle features a triplet of monkeys, representing these three distilleries.

                              “Outstanding vatting here by David Stewart who clearly has the malts in the palm of his hands.” - Jim Murray.

                              Other reviews… Nose: Ripe, very sweet and long. Toasted/polished oak, light resin notes, nutmeg. Palate: Still sweet: a soft start, vanilla custard, a hint of dried fruit, baked banana, cinnamon, vanilla. Honeyed centre. Toasted, indeed roasted, wood gives much needed grip. Finish: Membrillo. Comment: Exuberant, sweet and extremely well balanced. A great introduction to whisky. Rating: 83 - David Broom, www.whiskymag.com

                              Nose: Busy, complex and wonderfully weighted: the theme is orangey citrus softened by vanilla. Excellent malt-oak ratio. Palate: soft mouth arrival and then a steady increase in malt intensity; shards of Demerara sweetness help counter the vanilla…some grain early on…enormous length…A joy. Rating: 93
                              - Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2006

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                                Spencer Collings Founders Reserve 10 Year Old Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                SCOTLAND
                                $165. 00 Bottle
                                $1980.00 Dozen
                                ABV: 54.8%
                                A beautifully packaged whisky from a superstar marketer, who working for DCL/UDV in the 1980's, was responsible for the creation and launch of UDV's Classic Malt range and then went on to initiate other bar standards, like Johnnie Blue Label. This vatting includes undisclosed Speyside and Islay single malt whiskies matured in refill sherry butts of approx 105 Imperial gallons. A Northern Highland component was matured in a second fill American oak Bourbon barrel of 50 US gallons. The Speyside & Islay whiskies were later transferred to first fill Madeira barriques for finishing, so essentially this is a three wood whisky: Madeira / Bourbon / Oloroso sherry.

                                Tasting note: The nose is a little disjointed wavering between the sugars and a mildly sulphury, spirity lift. Five minutes finds more integration and depth, hinting at ginger bread, tea biscuits and flashes of orange zest. Light and bittersweet on entry but better at the midpalate stage; there's broad sweet malt flavours, vanilla and ginger biscuit carrying the finish. Ends tingly, warming, bittersweet, medium long, a tad sulphury in the fade; interesting but awkward at the same time. Not the happiest marriage. 54.5% Alc./Vol.
                                  That Boutique-y Whisky Company Westport 21 Year Old Batch 1 Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (500ml)
                                  SCOTLAND
                                  $280. 00 Bottle
                                  $3360.00 Dozen
                                  ABV: 49.7%

                                  When is a single malt not quite a single malt? When it's a 'tea spooned' malt - which means the whisky is almost entirely from one distillery, however there's been a tiny fraction from another distillery added to it. Consequently, according to strict Scotch Whisky regulations, this then has to be classified as a blended malt, rather than a single malt. Word has it that 'Westport' is most often a whisky from the Glenmorangie Distillery that's been teaspooned with a whisky from Glen Moray. This one is rather well-matured, and bottled at high strength. The label features a host of familiar faces for That Boutique-y Whisky Company fans, and they're all ready to see what looks to be a heck of a show from one particularly talented Boutique-y chap. Batch 1 consists of 330 bottles. 49.7% Alc./Vol.

                                    1999 The Whisky Cellar Private Cellars Selection Westport 21 Year Old Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                    Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                    $240. 00 Bottle
                                    $2880.00 Dozen
                                    ABV: 43.8%
                                    When is a single malt not quite a single malt? When it's a 'tea spooned' malt - which means the whisky is almost entirely from one distillery, however there's been a tiny fraction from another distillery added to it. Consequently, according to strict Scotch Whisky regulations, this then has to be classified as a single cask blended malt, rather than a single malt. Word has it that 'Westport' is most often a whisky from the Glenmorangie Distillery that's been teaspooned with a whisky from Glen Moray. Distilled in March 1999 and bottled August 2020, cask #800075 yielded 164 bottles at 43.8% Alc./Vol. Expect notes of citrus peel, vanilla, buttered pecans and ripe stone fruit. Non chill filtered.
                                    Extremely limited stocks.
                                      Aberlour-Glenlivet 8 Year Old Unblended All Malt Scotch Whisky (26 2/3 Fl. Oz.) - Old bottling
                                      Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                      $399. 00 Bottle
                                      $4788.00 Dozen
                                      A circa 1970s square bottle of eight year old Aberlour containing 100% malt whiskies and "proudly featuring Campbell's Glenlivet Malt" (likely a reference to Aberlour, see below). Very good condition, with original presentation box and bottle in plastic wrapper. One only from a private collection.

                                      * For those puzzled by the 'Aberlour-Glenlivet' title on the label, history suggests the use of the 'Glenlivet' suffix was a convention in earlier times as means of association with Speyside and / or the Glenlivet distillery's enviable reputation. Tamnavulin, Glen Moray, Speyburn and Tomintoul all still carry "-Glenlivet" in their registered names. However, the suffix is now only used on the labels of some independent bottlers.
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                                        Adelphi The Glover 4th Edition 18 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                        SCOTLAND
                                        $310. 00 Bottle
                                        $3720.00 Dozen
                                        ABV: 49.2%
                                        A 'hybrid malt', made from whiskies sourced from both Scotland and Japan that have been aged for at least 18 years. The provenance is not disclosed.

                                        Tasting note: Deep bright gold. Impeccable purity to the floral-beeswax and pear drop opening bouquet. Evokes Clynelish at its best. Air contact further emphasises the beeswax key-note adding sponge cake and hints of honeydew. A slightly firm, spicy entry, broadening and softening as the whisky rolls across the tongue. Honey-drizzled orchard fruits are countered by powdery tannins. Concludes delicately tart with a silk-thread of sugars woven through the fade. Impossible not to like. 49.2% Alc./Vol. Very limited allocation.
                                        • 93
                                          Adelphi Glenborrodale 7 Year Old Batch 4 Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                          SCOTLAND
                                          $185. 00 Bottle
                                          $2220.00 Dozen
                                          ABV: 46%
                                          The fourth batch of Adelphi's blended malt is the best to date. This is reported to be considerably older than the label suggests, the majority being quite mature Speyside and Highland whiskies, with only a small amount of 7 year old added to 'freshen' it up - hence the young age statement.

                                          Tasting note: Matured in sherry casks. Pale gold. Evokes suggestions of lemon meringue, honey, sponge cake and mocha while also being pithy, dry and peppery. The sweetness builds with air contact. A medium to full bodied, perfectly rounded malt with flavours of salted oatmeal biscuits, straw and a tangy, oily, keenly balanced finish that resonates in the mouth. Lively and lipsmacking with a classically Speyside profile. 46% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered. 1,484 bottles released.
                                            Adelphi Glenborrodale 8 Year Old Batch 1 Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                            SCOTLAND
                                            $160. 00 Bottle
                                            $1920.00 Dozen
                                            ABV: 46%
                                            A first for Adelphi, Glenborrodale (meaning 'Fortified Valley') is an eight year old blended malt, with the innaugural release limited to 1226 bottles.

                                            The vatting was created in a refill ex-Sherry Butt. Reportedly the composition includes Macallan, Highland Park, Bunnahabhain, possibly Glengoyne and a good splash (half a cask or so) of Glenrothes 8 years old from an active sherry cask.

                                            According to Adelphi, expect flavours of brandy snaps, toffee fudge, orange peel and distant camp fires. 46% Alc.Vol.

                                            Extremely limited stocks.
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                                              Adelphi Glenborrodale 8 Year Old Batch 3 Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                              SCOTLAND
                                              $170. 00 Bottle
                                              $2040.00 Dozen
                                              ABV: 46%
                                              The third release of Glenborrodale (meaning 'Fortified Valley') is an eight year old limited to 1014 bottles. Locals speak of a Viking warrior named “Borrodil”, hence the name. Batch 3 has been drawn from four European casks (ex-sherry) of Highland malt whisky.

                                              Tasting note: Bright deep amber. Opens slightly acidic / gingery. Builds with aromas of orange spice cake becoming more dried fruit-like after several minutes in the glass. Further air contact emphasises the fruit cake and straw bale notes. A delivery thick with fruit mince pie; bittersweet at first before the sugars develop as fruit cake and walnut slice. Not super long, but impressive balance and vibrancy. 46% Alc./Vol.

                                              Notes from Adelphi... Citrus zest with rum and raisin fudge from Mrs Miggins’ Fudge Emporium; squares of after-dinner chocolates with the slightest wisp of smoke from the log fire.
                                                Adelphi Kincardine 7 Year Old Cask Strength Blended Malt Whisky (700ml)
                                                $290. 00 Bottle
                                                $3480.00 Dozen
                                                ABV: 52.9%
                                                Continuing what started with last year’s ‘Glover’ release (an uber expensive Japanese and Scotch 'fusion'), Kincardine is another ambitious cross-country blending exercise, this time the result of marrying whisky from Scotland and India. The regime included refill ex-Bourbon casks from India's already famous Amrut Distillery and Glen Elgin Distillery, Speyside, Scotland, plus refill Spanish oak ex -Sherry from Macallan. 796 bottles are on offer. Extremely limited Australian allocation and obviously quite collectable. 52.9% Alc./Vol.

                                                Notes from Adelphi... Aroma: initially spicy, fruity and floral with notes of ripe bananas, freshly opened jar of Dundee marmalade, green apple skin and lemon curd. White chocolate and coconut ice cream in the development with lychees, melon balls and citrus brullée. Taste: almost chilli-hot spices from the High Ranges of Kerala, tempered by fresh coconut, sweetening to Tunnock’s Snowballs with black cherry cola. Finish: Black Forest Gâteau, ground pepper and a hint of mustard seed.
                                                  Adelphi The Glover 18 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                  SCOTLAND
                                                  $310. 00 Bottle
                                                  $3720.00 Dozen
                                                  ABV: 48.6%
                                                  Another hybrid malt in the Adelphi portfolio is "The Glover", named after the 'Scottish Samurai' Thomas Blake Glover. This is the third release. Whiskies from Scotland (Longmorn and Glen Garioch) make up 35% of the blend. The remainder is sourced from refill ex-sherry hogsheads from Japan's now closed Hanyu distillery. All whiskies are at least 18 years of age. The consensus on the blogosphere is that this really is something genuinely different. 1448 bottles on offer, but we have less than a handful to sell.

                                                  Notes from Adelphi... Ripe corn – sunshine. Good beading. Light nose prickle. Richly fruity – ripe pear, juicy red apples, cherries, orange juice – on a base of vanilla sponge, spread with strawberry jam and whipped cream. A drop of water introduces fondant. A sweet overall taste, with chocolate and coconut (Bounty Bar). Water introduces ripe pineapple and Szechuan pepper (both spicy and mouth-cooling). Parma violets in the development. Multi-faceted and exotic. 48.6% Alc./Vol.
                                                    Adelphi Glenborrodale 8 Year Old Batch 6 Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                    SCOTLAND
                                                    $135. 00 Bottle
                                                    $1620.00 Dozen
                                                    ABV: 46%
                                                    Batch 6 of Adelphi's annual blended malt consists of Highland Park, Bunnahabhain, Tamdhu and Glenrothes. The combination was transferred to sherry butts fourteen years ago and topped up with an eight year old sherry cask release from Glenrothes (hence the younger age statement). Bottled in 2018 non chill filtered and with no added colour. 1500 bottles world wide.

                                                    Notes from Adelphi... Nose: smoked meat with warm toast, butter and heather honey. Palate: dark cherries with white peaches and kiwi compote finished with some Nutella. Finish: rich and round. 46% Alc./Vol.
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                                                    Adelphi Glenborrodale 8 Year Old Batch 5 Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                    SCOTLAND
                                                    Reduced from $135.00
                                                    $110. 00 Bottle
                                                    $1320.00 Dozen
                                                    ABV: 46%
                                                    Glenborrodale 5 continues Adelphi's small batch blended malt range with Edrington base stock bought in – all matured in sherry butts from an early age – and then reinvigorated with a little extra, heavily sherried Glenrothes. This particular batch has more Speyside and less Island/Islay than batch 4, so a little more sherry, and less peat.

                                                    Tasting note: Slightly restrained aromatically with aromas of pineapple upside down cake (just like the label suggests!) followed by whiffs of caramel fudge. It’s medium dry and warming with lively spices, brittle malt and a firm drying finish that hints at cocoa, cool mint and citrus oils. Cream tea biscuits and floral honey notes linger. Medium length. Lovely aperitif style. 46% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered. 1050 bottles.
                                                      Ardbeg Serendipity 12 Year Old Limited Release Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                      SCOTLAND
                                                      $399. 00 Bottle
                                                      $4788.00 Dozen
                                                      ABV: 40%

                                                      We've one bottle only to sell of this curio that evoked a combination of cynicism and praise when it was released as the result of a 'blending accident' - see below. Evidently, in the late 1990s, there was a product called "80:20" which was 80% Glenmorangie and 20% something else, and with an identical marketing speel from Glenmorangie. It would have been a no brainer to repeat the 'accident', but a stroke of genius was required to make it seem plausible a second time.

                                                      Other reviews... Serendipity came about as a result of an error, when two parts of 12-year-old Glen Moray were inadvertently vatted with eight parts of much older Ardbeg. Indeed, the Ardbeg could be approaching its quarter-century. Cynics may suggest this smacks of something dreamt up by a marketing department, but whatever its origins, this 'Ardbeg Lite' blended malt whisky has much to commend it. The Glen Moray has given Serendipity a sweeter, more floral nose than is usual with Ardbeg. On the palate the defining dry, earthy, peat notes of Ardbeg lurk beneath a soft, mellow peachy character, but they remain steadfastly present. The result is notably harmonious. An inspired accident? 40.0% - www.whisky-pages.com

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                                                        Berry Bros & Rudd Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                        Islay, SCOTLAND
                                                        $79. 99 Bottle
                                                        $959.88 Dozen
                                                        ABV: 44.2%
                                                        A blend of malts from the world of Islay, composed of whiskies from some of the island's most iconic distilleries.

                                                        Tasting note: Very pale straw gold. Light citrus, crisp barley and sweet sooty peat all perfectly tuned, with air contact adding some smoked meat notes, dark chocolate and hints of pencil shavings. Juicy-maritime styled malt - creamy and sweetly smokey with cocoa, white pepper and hints of dried banana through the aftertaste. A complex and beautifully integrated range of delicious flavours. 44.2% Alc./Vol.
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                                                          Berry Bros & Rudd Peated Cask Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                          SCOTLAND
                                                          $79. 99 Bottle
                                                          $959.88 Dozen
                                                          ABV: 44.2%
                                                          Historically, almost all Scotch whiskies possessed a distinctive smoky character, as peat was the most readily available fuel to dry barley. Berry's 'Peated Cask' blend has been matured in a cask that previously contained heavily peated malt, keeping the barrel input relatively subtle.

                                                          Tasting note: Pale straw gold. A few off-notes aside, the nose shows lovely freshness, the latent fruitiness given a subtle maritime edge, soon overtaken by milk chocolate - all mirrored in the delivery which is genteel, momentarily succulent, the edges blurred by feather-soft brush strokes of smoke. Concludes deeply warming, delicately oily, medium long. Wonderfully pure. 44.2% Alc./Vol.
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                                                            Berry Bros & Rudd Classic Speyside Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                            Speyside, Highlands, SCOTLAND
                                                            $84. 99 Bottle
                                                            $1019.88 Dozen
                                                            ABV: 44.2%
                                                            Four new no-age-statement blended malts from London-based wine and spirits merchant, Berry Bros & Rudd have been released as part of their "Classic Range" of spirits. Each is hand-blended by their spirits buyer, Doug McIvor, in collaboration with brand heritage director, Ronnie Cox. The whiskies feature liquid sourced from Islay and Speyside.

                                                            Tasting note: Brilliant straw gold. Oozes charm from the first sniff with floral-soft aromas of poached orchard fruits, light toasted marshmallow and even a touch of musk. Continues the theme flavour-wise, but with a slightly grassier/woody accent. Excellent concentration, spicing up towards the finish. Everything in its place. Very pure and emphatically Speyside. 44.2% Alc./Vol.
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                                                              Berry Brothers & Rudd Blue Hanger 6th Limited Release Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                              SCOTLAND
                                                              $165. 00 Bottle
                                                              $1980.00 Dozen
                                                              ABV: 45.6%
                                                              Recently awarded Whisky Advocate's 
                                                              Blended Malt Whisky of the Year award.

                                                              Berry Brothers (a UK wine merchant established in 1698) have tributed the Blue Hanger series to one of their early customers, so called because of the shade of clothes he wore as a young man. Willam 'Blue' Hanger, aka 'Lord Coleraine', was a loyal regular of Berrys at the end of the 18th century, and reputedly one of the best dressed men of his day.

                                                              According to www.dramaticwhisky.me, "...the Blue Hanger releases originally came to the diplomatic market in 1932 but had faded into history, until being revived in 2003 by Doug McIvor, [Master of Cask Selection at Berry's]. The first release was a sublime marriage of Glenlivet and Glen Grant casks which produced just 723 bottles from a total of 4 hogsheads. Unsurprisingly, it sold out almost immediately upon its release as has been the fate of every subsequent release in the Blue Hanger range. Creation of a new addition only takes place when Doug feels they have secured the right casks in the best condition and can create a complimentary expression addition to the range".

                                                              Bottled in 2012, the 6th release is composed of a Sherry butt of Glenrothes 1990, a Sherry Butt of Bunnahabhain 1990, a Hogshead of Bowmore 1980 and a Hogshead of Bowmore 1987. Only 2223 bottles produced. Non Chill Filtered.

                                                              Tasting note Deep gold / brass appearance. First pass reveals nutty, vanillin notes. Develops intensity and complexity as a fruity dimension emerges from the peppery background. Unripe pear? Cumquot? Now more like spicy raisins. A hint of peat adds to the allure. A soft entry leads into a medium bodied profile that slowly builds in concentration with fruit cake like notes and lively spices. Outstanding depth and poise. Concludes dry with the vanillin malt and Christmas mince pie flavours persisting. A robust, bracing dram. 45.6% Alc./Vol.

                                                              Other reviews... Over the years Blue Hanger has built a reputation for fine quality, and each creation can be viewed as something of a master class in whisky making. But this release takes an unexpected turn for the better, surpassing even our highest expectations by offering an extra peaty, rustic dimension to a perfect mix of orange and berry fruits, cocoa, vanilla, and spice. With John Glaser still setting the pace for blended malts with the most recent versions of Flaming Heart and Spice Tree, and this release raising the bar still further, this category is on fire...

                                                              If you want proof that blended malts can be world class, you’ll find it in any bottle of Blue Hanger. Lovingly created by Berry Bros. whisky maker Doug McIvor, every release has been exceptional. Even by the series’ own high standards, this sixth release surpasses itself. The nose is fresh, clean, and citrusy, with wafts of sherry. But there are smoky hints, too. And it’s that peaty, earthy note on the palate that gives this release a new dimension, enriching the fruity Speyside sweetness at the whisky’s core. The age and quality of the malt asserts itself throughout. This really is stunning stuff.

                                                              94 points - Dominic Roskrow, Fall 2012 issue, www.whiskyadvocate.com

                                                                Big Peat 2015 Christmas Edition Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                Islay, SCOTLAND
                                                                $135. 00 Bottle
                                                                $1620.00 Dozen
                                                                ABV: 53.8%
                                                                A marrying of different single malts is what the Scotch Whisky Industry previously termed "Vatted Malt" but now refer to as "Blended Malt". The 2015 Christmas edition of Big Peat includes a shovel full of weighty whiskies from such iconic Islay distilleries as Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and even Port Ellen. Bottled at cask strength without chill filtration, expect massive maritime and bon fire flavours and aromas. 53.8% Alc./Vol.
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                                                                  Blackadder Black Snake Vat 6 Second Venom Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                  SCOTLAND
                                                                  $165. 00 Bottle
                                                                  $1980.00 Dozen
                                                                  ABV: 59.3%
                                                                  Robin Tucek's Blackadder range of independent bottlings continues to diversify with a selection of blended malts, first offerred in 2014 under the Black Snake label and derived from a "solera system". Although the number of barrels involved is not disclosed, it works on traditional Spanish principles: the lowest row of barrels is referred to as the "solera" (from the Spanish word 'suelo', or 'ground'). These will contain the oldest whisky. The butts in the row immediately above it contain somewhat younger whisky than the row beneath and so on up the rows. Whisky for bottling is extracted from the barrels on the ground-level and replaced by the same quantity from those above it with the highest row replenished with the youngest material. Tucek uses ex-oloroso sherry casks then finishes his blends off in PX casks. Bottled in February 2016, only 436 bottles of Vat 6 were released.

                                                                  Tasting note: Bright gold with pale straw edges and thick legs. Several twists and turns to the nose which starts spirity and acidic with a subtle sulphury edge; second pass reveals thick malt as cream tea biscuit / cafe creme / creamy soda like scents come to the fore. Wavers back and forth during five minutes of air contact. Huge delivery with a fabulous, viscous texture and a big vanilla / dried fruit hit; finish is creamy yet bittersweet, moderately alcoholic but well balanced, with juicy dates, fruit'n'nut chocolate, ginger biscuit and light vanilla wafer lingering with the spices. A robust, never-too-sweet sherried style that draws parallels with several full throttle Australian releases - think Black Gate or Iniquity. Non chill filtered and natural colour. 59.3% Alc./Vol.
                                                                    Blairmhor 8 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                    SCOTLAND
                                                                    $49. 99 Bottle
                                                                    $599.88 Dozen
                                                                    ABV: 40%
                                                                    Always interesting to try whiskies from decades back.... On the market circa 1980, we have one bottle of this youthful blended malt at a price to attract the curious. Reportedly blended from around 20 different single malts, this is said to have a whisper of smoke to it. 40% Alc./Vol. From a private collection. Note: Some markings to the packaging.
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                                                                    • Nick's Import
                                                                    2001 Claxton's Exploration Series The Great Road West 19 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                    SCOTLAND
                                                                    $140. 00 Bottle
                                                                    $1680.00 Dozen
                                                                    ABV: 45%

                                                                    Tasting note: The Great Road West's co-ordinates on the label point towards Edrington's HQ, which would suggest it includes spirit from Macallan, Highland Park and Glenrothes. Beautiful copper penny colour. Ugg boots and tempered malty sweetness on the nose, the sherry input well managed as low key spice and fruit cake. A delicate waxiness accompanies the sherry laced malt; Full and rounded through the middle stages, then sleek and long with spiced raisin cake suggested at the finish. A sense of 'breed' and old-world class to this. Something akin to very good Mannochmore or Glen Elgin (or Glenrothes or Macallan!) Stays with you. 45% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.

                                                                    Notes from Claxton's... Nose: Sweet Sherry and oak in harmony. Demerara sugar with raisins. Marzipan. Palate: Sweet stewed fruits at first before the oak and Sherry notes cuts through. Finish: Rich and spicy finish with a hint of raisins in syrup on the aftertaste.

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                                                                    • Nick's Import
                                                                    Claxton's Exploration Series Campbeltown 5 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                    Campbeltown, SCOTLAND
                                                                    $99. 99 Bottle
                                                                    $1199.88 Dozen
                                                                    ABV: 50%
                                                                    Tasting note: The second tea-spooned malt from Claxton's collection comes from a mystery Campbeltown distiller. To our knowledge, Kilkerran are yet to sell to independents so it's either Springbank or Glen Scotia. Matured in a PX sherry hogshead, a sedate coastal whiff competes with a winey overlay of chocolate, prunes, dried figs and apricots. Young yet seductive, this starts out fresh and lively and ends with a decadent injection of sherried sweetness; hints of ginger biscuit, raisin cake and dark chocolate carry the finish. Very satisfying after dinner malt. 50% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
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                                                                      Compass Box Eleuthera Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                      Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
                                                                      $89. 99 Bottle
                                                                      $1079.88 Dozen
                                                                      ABV: 46%

                                                                      Compass Box is a specialist Scotch whisky company founded in 2000 devoted to making some of Scotland's most unique whiskies through the art of blending. John Glaser, Whisky Blender & Company Founder, runs Compass Box in a similar fashion to fine wine negociants. The company chooses individual casks of whisky from different distilleries that offer complementary sets of flavours. They then carefully blend these casks in small batches to make proprietary whiskies. A range of types of Scotch whisky are bottled: malt whiskies, grain whisky, malt & grain blends from twelve distilleries across Scotland. Compass Box is also renowned for having (arguably) the industry’s highest quality standards for oak cask selection. When one considers that oak is responsible for up to 70% of the flavour of a mature whisky, one understands their mania. Only 100% American oak is used (predominantly first-fill casks). The colour of all the Compass Box whiskies is the natural colour of the whiskies from the casks. No caramel colouring is added. The whiskies are also not chill filtered (a cosemtic process which strips flavour and texture from the whisky). As John Glaser says, “Hazy whisky is a good sign that the whisky maker wants you to taste everything the whisky has to offer.” These are indeed alluring whiskies for the free-thinking enthusiast. Limited stocks have arrived in Australia. Each is a must try.

                                                                      This whisky, like all vatted malts, is made by marrying 100% single malt whiskies from different distilleries. Compass Box Eleuthera Malt is a combination of 18 year old Glenlossie, 12 year old Caol Ila and 12 year old Clynelish single malt whiskies. Eleuthera was awarded a double gold medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirit’s Competition.

                                                                      Tasting note: Nose: A hearty whiff of marine air with phenolic notes in the background. White currant and lemon zest. Tender vanilla echoes. Palate: Silky. Coating. Oily mouthfeel. Sea lettuce. Finish: Big, warm, exploding waves of spices. Water disciplines the outburst. Comment: Hold your glass to your ear and listen to water lapping against the tarred boat hull.46% Alc./Vol.Rating: 85 - tasting note sourced from Martine Nouet, www.whiskymag.com

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                                                                        Compass Box The Peat Monster Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                        Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
                                                                        $110. 00 Bottle
                                                                        $1320.00 Dozen
                                                                        ABV: 46%
                                                                        Compass Box is a specialist Scotch whisky company founded in 2000 devoted to making some of Scotland's most unique whiskies through the art of blending. John Glaser, Whisky Blender & Company Founder, runs Compass Box in a similar fashion to fine wine negociants. The company chooses individual casks of whisky from different distilleries that offer complementary sets of flavours. They then carefully blend these casks in small batches to make proprietary whiskies. A range of types of Scotch whisky are bottled: malt whiskies, grain whisky, malt & grain blends from twelve distilleries across Scotland. Compass Box is also renowned for having (arguably) the industry’s highest quality standards for oak cask selection. When one considers that oak is responsible for up to 70% of the flavour of a mature whisky, one understands their mania. Only 100% American oak is used (predominantly first-fill casks). The colour of all the Compass Box whiskies is the natural colour of the whiskies from the casks. No caramel colouring is added. The whiskies are also not chill filtered (a cosemtic process which strips flavour and texture from the whisky). As John Glaser says, “Hazy whisky is a good sign that the whisky maker wants you to taste everything the whisky has to offer.” These are indeed alluring whiskies for the free-thinking enthusiast. Limited stocks have arrived in Australia. Each is a must try.

                                                                        This whisky, like all vatted malts, is made by marrying 100% single malt whiskies from different distilleries. Compass Box Peat Monster includes in its blend single malts from lead distilleries Ardmore and Caol ila. Both components are aged between 10 – 15 years.

                                                                        Other reviews... Pale golden color. Sweet clover honey, heather, and peat aromas. A soft, yet rich, entry leads to a sweetish medium-full body with caramel, orange peel, raw honey, toast, vibrant peat and pepper flavors. Finishes with a honeycomb, iodine, and toasty grain fade. Very drinkable, exquisitely balanced, and approachable with vibrant, but (despite the name) not dominant peatiness. 46% Alc./Vol.
                                                                        International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
                                                                        93 points (Exceptional)
                                                                        -  www.tastings.com

                                                                        The whisky expresses smartly complex aromas of smoky bonfire smothered with peat, with notes of tar, olives, freshly ground pepper, and seaweed. A sweet maltiness (from the Ardmore?) binds the flavors together. On the palate, the whisky begins sweet, then the powerful peat smoke emerges, yielding to olives, peppery spices, and seaweed. The finish is long and powerful with the peat smoke again emerging and lingering on seemingly forever. A monster indeed. This whisky’s complexity demonstrates the virtues of vatting. Many smoky whiskies have nothing else going on behind the cloak of smoke. This one does. 92 points -  The Malt Advocate

                                                                          Douglas Laing's Rock Oyster Island Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                          Glasgow, SCOTLAND
                                                                          $140. 00 Bottle
                                                                          $1680.00 Dozen
                                                                          ABV: 57.4%
                                                                          Established in 1948, independent Scotch whisky specialist, Douglas Laing & Co have released a brand new Island inspired “Vatted” Malt – Rock Oyster.

                                                                          There are two versions - one bottled at 46.8% and another at cask strength. Both whiskies demonstrate a truly maritime profile with aromas and flavours of sea-salt, sweet peat, smoke, honey and pepper. Containing top notch Whiskies from Scotland’s islands, including those distilled on Islay, Arran, Orkney and Jura, it’s no wonder Master Blender Fred Laing says “If I could select just one dram to transport the Whisky enthusiast to the Islands of Scotland, it would be this!"

                                                                          Notes from the bottler... Anticipate a big peat hit full of Islay phenols, iodine and coal dust, with a shake of pepper softening to a distinct honey sweetness from the Arran casks. The Isle of Jura brings waves of citrus and barley to the mix, and Orkney fetches up some salt from the deep.
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                                                                            Douglas Laing's Sweet Wee Scallywag Speyside Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                            Glasgow, SCOTLAND
                                                                            $110. 00 Bottle
                                                                            $1320.00 Dozen
                                                                            ABV: 46%
                                                                            Douglas Laing’s Scallywag is created using Speyside Malts including Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes. Bottled at 46% and non chill-filtered, this Small Batch bottling has a distinct rich, dark colour – extracted from the many Spanish Sherry Butts used during maturation. The result is a malt with a richly spiced character fused with vanilla (from the bourbon casks used), sweet stewed fruit, Christmas pudding, dark chocolate, zesty orange and sweet tobacco.

                                                                            No attention to detail has been missed in creating the Scallywag packaging. Inspired by the long line of Douglas Laing family Fox Terriers, which are renowned for being sweet yet rather mischievous dogs, it was therefore felt the Scallywag name and Fox Terrier design was most fitting for this richly spiced and deliciously sweet Speyside Vatted Malt.

                                                                            Says Douglas Laing’s Managing Director (and proud Fox Terrier owner) Fred Laing: “From a chance sketch by a designer of our sweet, wee, rascal of a Fox Terrier, our Scallywag Malt Whisky was born! “Sweet” was the key which focused us on Speyside. Its cask selection is self-evidently heavy on the sherry background, balanced by first-fill bourbon casks – so the resulting ‘Vatted’ Malt comes with an excellent pedigree”.

                                                                            Tasting note: Bright pure gold. Attractive semi-sweet aromas of honey, toasted muesli and water cracker. Middle weighted, relaxed and fresh in the mouth featuring light dried grass / grain and biscuit flavours. Gains depth at the finish adding dried fruits and spices. Faint peat in the aftertaste? Very amicable. 46% Alc./Vol.
                                                                              Douglas Laing's Big Peat Small Batch Islay Vatted Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                              Islay, SCOTLAND
                                                                              $99. 99 Bottle
                                                                              $1199.88 Dozen
                                                                              ABV: 46%
                                                                              Awarded best vatted malt of the year - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2011.

                                                                              Glasgow-based Douglas Laing & Co are independent bottlers and blenders headed by brothers, Fred and Stewart Laing. The company has traditionally specialised in blending super premium whiskies for Far East markets. The brothers succeeded their father, Fred Douglas, who founded the company in 1948 and they’ve not let their Dad down over the past 25 years, significantly expanding the enterprise. Key to their success has been the management and marketing of the vast stocks of old and rare malts the family has built up over the last half century.

                                                                              The company’s latest offering is a new vatted Islay malt containing spirit from Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and Port Ellen. It was awarded the top prize in its category at the World Whisky Awards 2010, while the Malt Maniacs awarded it “BEST PEATED WHISKY/DAILY DRAM.” Bottled without chill filtration at 46% alc vol.

                                                                              • Nick's Import
                                                                              2008 Duncan Taylor The Octave Drumblade 9 Year Old Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                              SCOTLAND
                                                                              $125. 00 Bottle
                                                                              $1500.00 Dozen
                                                                              ABV: 53.8%
                                                                              For many years, Duncan Taylor has experimented in the use of differing cask sizes for the maturation of Single Malt and Single Grain Scotch whiskies. The research stemmed from a simple premise that there is more interaction between the wood and the spirit over a shorter period of time in a small cask than in a large cask, therefore allowing a more rapid “melding” of wood, air and alcohol.

                                                                              Finished in small, reconstructed x-sherry wood casks, this blended malt takes small batch maturation to an extreme, yielding just 65 bottles! Expect a creamy, citrusy whisky with hints of pepper, orange blossom, icing sugar and thyme. 53.8% Alc./Vol.
                                                                              Very limited stocks.
                                                                                Johnnie Walker Green Label 180 Cask Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                                SCOTLAND
                                                                                $399. 00 Bottle
                                                                                $4788.00 Dozen
                                                                                ABV: 40%

                                                                                Note: Box has some notable damage.

                                                                                Collector's note: Older bottlings may have scuffing, cellar bloom, scratches or dents to the packaging. We endeavour to describe the condition of the item in the product description text. Minor markings are inevitable with old bottlings, so we request collector's have reasonable expectations in this regard. Not every imperfection can be noted. Refer to the product images or contact us if you have any concerns about the condition of an item on 1800 069 295.

                                                                                Increasingly difficult to find, Johnnie Green '180' was created by the master blender from 180 of the best malt stocks available at the time. Obvious collector appeal here.

                                                                                  Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old The Taiwan Wonders Collection Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (4x700ml)
                                                                                  SCOTLAND
                                                                                  $1499. 00 Bottle
                                                                                  $17988.00 Dozen

                                                                                  Collector's note: Older bottlings may have scuffing, cellar bloom, scratches or dents to the packaging. We endeavour to describe the condition of the item in the product description text. Minor markings are inevitable with old bottlings, so we request collector's have reasonable expectations in this regard. Not every imperfection can be noted. Refer to the product images or contact us if you have any concerns about the condition of an item on 1800 069 295.

                                                                                  We have one set (four bottles) of Johnnie Walker's 'Taiwan Wonders Collection', designed to pay tribute to the country's magnificent beauty. Each bottle depicts a different natural marvel of Taiwan on the rear bottle design. They also signify the four single malts that make up Johnnie Walker Green Label.
                                                                                  Note: - some minor markings to the outer boxes.

                                                                                    Johnnie Walker Kilmarnock 400 15 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
                                                                                    SCOTLAND
                                                                                    $1499. 00 Bottle
                                                                                    $17988.00 Dozen
                                                                                    ABV: 43%
                                                                                    A highly collectable Johnnie Walker from the early 1990s has surfaced from a private collection: "Kilmarnock 400" is considered one of the most sought after and hard to find JW's of recent decades. Bottled to mark the 400th anniversary of the granting of 'burgh' status to Kilmarnock, the release was limited to around 2000 bottles. Each is individually numbered on the back label.
                                                                                    One only. Note: some creasing to the outer carton. 43% Alc./Vol.
                                                                                      Johnnie Walker 15 Year Old Pure Malt Scotch Whisky (1000ml)
                                                                                      SCOTLAND
                                                                                      $499. 00 Bottle
                                                                                      $5988.00 Dozen
                                                                                      ABV: 43%

                                                                                      Note: Box has come from a private collection and has some noticable scuffing/scratches/creasing/handling marks around the top of the box. 

                                                                                      A now relatively rare bottle of the legendary blended malt from Johnnie Walker. Comes in a big one litre format at 43% Alc./Vol. Quite collectable.

                                                                                       

                                                                                      Collector's note: Older bottlings may have scuffing, cellar bloom, scratches or dents to the packaging. We endeavour to describe the condition of the item in the product description text. Minor markings are inevitable with old bottlings, so we request collector's have reasonable expectations in this regard. Not every imperfection can be noted. Refer to the product images or contact us if you have any concerns about the condition of an item on 1800 069 295.

                                                                                        Johnnie Walker Odyssey Triple Malt Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                                                                                        Kilmarnock, SCOTLAND
                                                                                        $999. 00 Bottle
                                                                                        $11988.00 Dozen
                                                                                        ABV: 40%

                                                                                        Collector's note: Older bottlings may have scuffing, cellar bloom, scratches or dents to the packaging. We endeavour to describe the condition of the item in the product description text. Minor markings are inevitable with old bottlings, so we request collector's have reasonable expectations in this regard. Not every imperfection can be noted. Refer to the product images or contact us if you have any concerns about the condition of an item on 1800 069 295.

                                                                                        'Odyssey’, takes its inspiration from the original notes of Sir Alexander Walker and is housed in a swinging decanter to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Sir Alexander’s creation of a whisky vessel capable of staying upright at sea. The whisky itself is a triple malt, blended and married in European oak casks, then housed in a rotating crystal-grade glass decanter.

                                                                                        The product is initially launching in Asia Pacific before being rolled out globally, a move explained by James Thompson, chief marketing officer for Diageo Asia Pacific, who pointed to "an insatiable demand for super deluxe spirits globally and particularly in Asia Pacific".

                                                                                        Asia-Pacific sales of Johnnie Walker now contribute about 12% of the global total and will climb to 20% by 2015. Thailand alone contributes 10% of global Johnnie Walker sales.

                                                                                        “Globally, net sales for Scotch whisky are up 12 percent with most of that growth coming from super deluxe end of the market”, he confirmed, adding, “In Asia Pacific, Scotch whisky delivered more than 80% net sales growth, with almost half coming from super deluxe whiskies."

                                                                                        Jim Beveridge, master blender at Johnnie Walker, described how he searched a number of distilleries in Scotland for the perfect three whiskies to blend for John Walker & Sons Odyssey. “They needed to have the right provenance and pedigree to create the aromas, tastes, flavours and sensations that Sir Alexander was looking for when he created the original blend almost 80 years ago.

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                                                                                      Blended Single Malts take complexity to the next level.

                                                                                      Blending whisky, (which in no sense equates to dilution), is a considerable art acquired only after years of experience. Because every distillery's Single Malt whisky has a character of its own and, just as people of different temperaments are often incompatible, so some whiskies will not happily marry. Blended malts contain two or more malt whiskies (usually up to a maximum of six) from two or more different distilleries. 'Vatted Malts' (now officially known as 'blended malts') are being marketed with some rather quirky labels, but in the hands of a master blender, the results can be as exciting as any great Single Malt - indeed, the whiskies potentially encompass the entire flavour spectrum taking complexity to the next level.

                                                                                      A Wide range of Blended Malts available online.

                                                                                      When you buy Blended Malt whiskies like Johnnie Walker Green Label, Compass Box, Monkey Shoulder and more from Nicks Wine Merchants , you can have them shipped free to most of Australia. If there's something not listed you're looking for, call us on 1800 069 295 and we'll try to track it down. You can also access our Scotch Whisky Primer to learn more about Whisky.