The common question is which is the better Scotch, blended or single malt? This has been fiercely argued for years, with great points coming from both sides. The first thing to consider is the taste of single malt whisky against the taste of blended whisky. Some people consider a single malt to have a more pure taste, as it comes solely from one type of distilled grain (malted barley) and is the representation of a single distillery, while a blended whisky has a more multi-layered character, combining different grains from an eclectic mix of distilleries.
This isn’t too far off from the truth. For example, take a look at the latest addition to our core collection, the Ballantine’s 7 Bourbon Finish. Using our classic Ballantine’s blend, but finished in bourbon barrels, it delivers a unique sweetness to match its golden hue.
On the other side of the coin, there’s the Glentauchers 23 year old single malt. Although it too is rich in colour from years in the cask, the flavour is a little less intense than that of the bourbon finish. On the tongue, however, the flavours are more complex, which can be put down to it drawing the maximum amount of potential out of the grain. Initially tasting fruity, like stewed berries, and with a scent of floral marmalade, it gives way for a longer, sweeter and more delicate finish.