Single malt v Blends


This is not going to be some epic battle played out on the grassy fields or mountains of Scotland, more a simple set of thoughts by your truly.  Worldwide sales of blends blow single malt out of the water, but there is a vast snobbery in the whisky world that single malts are better. Many people argue that a pure form of malt must be superior, and a blend just can’t be as good, many will argue that most blends are  the staple drink of people who just want a ” scotch ” and they are not looking for the complex flavours or aromas that many lovers of whisky are now after..  More  recently though there has been an upsurge of bottlers bottling more up market blends that are outdoing the single malts by a long way, companies like Compass box are taking the battle against single malts to another level.  Bottles like ” This is not a luxury whisky ” and ” Artists blend ” to name but two, and two blends at both ends of the spectrum are in thier own rites fantastic blends.  These  two bottles can hold themselves against many bottles of single malt that is getting released today, on the flip side the single malt companies are starting to churn out a lot of NAS bottles which in all honesty are not as good as what has been produced in the past, younger whisky that in some cases,  just is not cutting it !   There is not too much wrong with them other than the pricing structure does not equate to the quality, and that is my main problem these days, we can get the blends at what is a very fair price for what is usually in the bottle ( although in most cases we don’t actually know )  against the ever growing amount of NAS bottles of fancy named young whisky at higher prices.. So just where does the battle come in ? Well more and more of us are standing in front of vast arrays of bottles and wondering which one we will spend our hard earned cash on, and these days the blends are getting picked up more and more.. It is time the whisky industry stands up and looks at what they are churning out… The gap between high end specialist blends and the single malts is getting very much smaller, but the cost difference is getting bigger.  So the next time your deciding on which single malt to buy, just take a peek at the blends.. You might be suprised..  I know I am.. I am now starting to pick up more and more blends these days,  bottles like  Mackinlay’s Rare old highland malt ( Shackleton’s ) from Whyte and Mackay master blender Richard Paterson and ” the one ” that is the release from The Lakes distillery, not to mention the long list from Compass box and Douglas Laing..


This is a typical selection of blends and single malt that are in the same price bracket.. Which ones would you choose ?

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    A very interesting take on a subject that divided many conversations with my friends.


  2. Jack says:

    Howdy, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you would write a review or two for me ?
    I would love to hear back from you.


  3. sorrenkrebs says:

    Consider one poured my friend.


  4. George, elPolako says:

    Indeed. Price could be the reason why we pick blend over single malt. But at the end of the day, it’s what I, as the end user (cool, eh?) like. So, pour me one you like, I might like it to.

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  5. I agree completely, there are some top notch blends out there atm while single malts are producing some lower quality expressions. Interesting how much snobbery there is over blends when all single malts are technically blends anyway 😂

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  6. sorrenkrebs says:

    Hi Graeme.. I see your point but you can pick up a few of compass box releases sub £40 so easily on par with some single malts. Things like TINALW are high end blends and do come into a different package, but if you get chance to try them then you should ..


  7. Graeme says:

    Definitely not adverse to blends but I do have a budget and Compass Box are not always affordable for me. Particularly TINALW. For me it would be a huge gamble considering I could pick up two very good single malts for the same price. I see a fair amount of safety in single malts from reputable distilleries. That’s just me though and what I can spend on whisky right now.

    Having said that, compass box do have some readily available and affordable blends that I am keen to check out.


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  8. Graham says:

    Bring on the blends.

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  9. Christopher w says:

    I agree with you that there is a big snobbery about the single malt side of whiskey. So many people just dismiss blends as inferior but in all honesty they can be very good !. I am a big bourbon fan but I do like to drink jw blends.

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  10. sorrenkrebs says:

    If you have not tried any of the blends from compass box then you should 👍


  11. Matt says:

    I don’t buy many blended bottles. I don’t like teachers or grants but maybe I should try some others .

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