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15 Best Blended Whiskey Brands Ranked (2023 Updated)

Last Updated on January 24, 2023 by Lydia Martin

From mixing grains and single malts, blended whiskeys take a huge part in the accounts of many worthy whiskey brands you never knew existed.

Blended whiskeys are sometimes viewed as inferior compared with other types of whiskey.

But in reality, it still dominates the whiskey market because of its excellent malt blends.

We’ve compiled the best blended whiskeys that are worth trying. Find out if your favorite whiskey is on the list.

Top 15 Blended Whiskeys You Shouldn’t Miss 

15. Famous Grouse Smoky Black

The Famous Grouse Smoky Black Bottle and a Glasses

Average Price: Around $29 for 750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40%

Why We Like It: Peaty and aromatic, the Famous Grouse Smoky Black has intricate yet approachable blends of whiskies using a rare peated malt.

Its 80-proof bottle has rich, delicious, and exceptionally smooth whisky.

On the rocks, the peat-smokey flavor mellows but opens up a vanilla and fruit-forward profile.

The aromas, flavors, and smooth, smokey finish makes a solid dram for its competitive price.

14. Aldi Glen Orrin 12-Year-Old Blended Whisky

Aldi Glen Orrin 12-Year-Old Blended Whisky Bottle and a Glasses

Average Price: Around $24 for 700ml

Alcohol Content: 40%

Why We Like It: Aldi Glen Orrin is a blended Scotch whisky created and bottled for a retail chain brand in the UK.

For its price, it’s one of the best supermarket whiskies crafted with single malt.

This whisky is aged for 12 years and has a complex profile with fruit flavors and pleasant rich aromas. 

Aldi Glen Orrin has lots of honey and vanilla notes on the nose, and you’ll find sweet ripe fruit notes on the mid-palate.

13. Cutty Sark

man holding Cutty Sark Blended Whisky

Average Price: Around $20 for 750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40%

Why We Like It: Cutty Sark has been an iconic Scotch whisky in the market for nearly a century. It is an easy-to-drink whisky with a sweet, vibrant flavor.

It’s a solid option for a cheap, simple, palatable Scotch whisky. Cutty Sark’s full-tasting profile has a medium body and doesn’t overwhelm your taste buds. 

Its 80-proof bottle has a clean, balanced flavor of citrus fruit and vanilla sweetness on the palate, excellent for sipping neat or on the rocks.

12. Monkey Shoulder

Bottle of Monkey Shoulder

Average Price: Around $37 for 750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40%

Why We Like It: Monkey Shoulder single malt Scotch is made of whiskies sourced from Speyside and uses ex-bourbon oak casks, adding a layer of vanilla notes to its tasting profile.

Monkey Shoulder offers mouthwatering citrus, dried apricots, and a lot of butterscotch flavors.

You can drink it straight, but the richness of the dram is perfect for pairing with cocktails.

11. Keeper’s Heart Irish + American

Bottle of Keeper’s Heart Irish + American on top of a stone

Average Price: Around $35 for 700ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 43%

Why We Like It: The combination of Irish whiskey with American rye whiskey makes the Keeper’s Heart Irish + American extra special.

This light amber whiskey has a bright floral and baking spices aroma.

Its 86-proof bottle has a lingering spice on the palate, along with citrus notes, hints of ginger spice, and sweetness.

Keeper’s Heart Irish + American develops its herbaceous spice flavor throughout the sip. It is a decent Irish whisky with a long yet pleasant spicy finish. 

10. Pendleton Whisky

Pouring Pendleton Whisky on a Jigger

Average Price: Around $27 for 750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40%

Why We Like It: Pendleton is a Canadian whisky bottled in America. It is incredibly light, sweet, and perfect for those new to drinking whisky.

Drinking it straight will give you the full caramel notes up front with vanilla flavor, balanced with a hint of spice that blends through the finish.

Its uncommonly smooth taste is also best enjoyed in an Old-fashioned drink with a dash of bitters and orange peel on top. 

9. Chivas Regal 18 Years

Hand Holding Bottle of Chivas Regal 18 Years

Average Price: Around $87 for 750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 40%

Why We Like It: Chivas Regal is an 18-year-old blended Scotch whisky crafted of premium grain and single malt whisky that delivers unique flavor notes on every sip.

Chivas Regal 18-year has a bright amber hue when poured into a glass. It is one of the best-blended whiskies that showcases an impressive flavor profile when neatly sipped. 

“What we’re trying to do with blended whiskey is take many different flavors and make something greater than the sum of its parts…”

– Sandy Hyslop, Master Blender

8. The Classic Cask Rare Scotch Whisky Single Batch 40

3 Bottles of The Classic Cask Rare Scotch Whisky Single Batch 40 on table

Average Price: Around $450 for 750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 43%

Why We Like It: The Classic Cask Rare Scotch whisky 40-year is a one-of-a-kind blended Scotch that is much more expensive than other brands but holds unparalleled quality.

This rare bottle of single-batch blended Scotch whiskies doesn’t use any chill filtering.

It welcomes you with its luxurious aromas of sweet spice and a bit of caramel that is very pleasing on the nose.

The burned gold liquid color has complex, with remarkable smoothness, and rounded flavors of oak, toffee, and hints of allspice perfect for sipping neat or on the rocks.

7. Teeling Small Batch Whiskey

close up shot of Teeling Small Batch Whiskey bottle label

Average Price: Around $40 for 750ml (Dizly)

Alcohol Content: 46%

Why We Like It: Teeling small batch is an Irish whiskey blend of malt and grain whisky, aged separately in ex-bourbon barrels and then finished in an American rum cask.

This non-chill-filtered Irish whiskey has a vanilla-forward, subtle spice notes on the nose.

It has an approachable palate with present caramel, vanilla, and sweet rum notes.

6. Berry Bros & Rudd Sherry Cask Matured Blended Malt

Bottle of Berry Bros & Rudd Sherry Cask Matured Blended Malt

Average Price: Around $42 for 700ml (Regal Whisky)

Alcohol Content: 44.2%

Why We Like It: Berry Bros and Rudd Sherry Cask Matured is a malt blend from the UK. It is matured in high-quality sherry casks showcasing a luxurious trademark trait of sweet fruit notes.

This bottle of blended Scotch whisky has a balanced taste profile, perfect for those who like an extra layer of sherry [1] and complexity notes on their whisky.

We recommend drinking neat to experience its pleasant, vibrant aroma, full-dried fruit notes, and oak and cinnamon spice on the palate.

5. Milam & Greene Triple Cask Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Milam & Greene Triple Cask Bottle and Glasses on a table

Average Price: $46.99 for 750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 47%

Why We Like It: Milam and Greene’s bourbon is known for its meticulous triple-cask bourbon blends.

It has refined light floral and vanilla aromas and a soft texture perfect for neat sipping.

Its 94-proof has the right creaminess making it approachable on the palate, and it has the satisfying spice balance you need in a drink.

4. Barrell Seagrass Whiskey

Bottle of Barrell Seagrass Whiskey

Average Price: $79.99 for 750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 59.2%

Why We Like It: For rye whiskey lovers, this Barrell Seagrass is a perfect option for a bold rye flavor with a twist of fruity expression.

This blended whisky is made of Canadian and American rye [2] grain whiskies that produce a good balance of rye heat with surprising layers of honey and more fruit sweetness on the palate.

3. Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old

Unboxing Johnnie Walker Green Label

Average Price: Around $70 for 750ml (Drizly)

Alcohol Content: 43%

Why We Like It: Johnnie Walker Green Label 15-year is only crafted with single malts, resulting in a sophisticated rich, vibrant tasting profile.

It’s one of the single malt whiskies with prominent fruit notes of subtle orange peel and light apple and pear hints on the palate, and it finishes with lingering peat smoke. 

We recommend you drink this Scotch whisky neatly to appreciate its intriguing yet approachable oak spice and woody palate. 

2. Grant’s Triple Wood Whisky

Whisky Grant's Triple wood Bottle

Average Price: Around $13 for 750ml (Total Wine)

Alcohol Content: 40%

Why We Like It: Grant’s Triple Wood blended whisky is matured not just in two but three types of wood: virgin oak, American oak, and ex-bourbon casks. 

Upon sipping, the cinnamon spice builds up in the mid-palate, along with vanilla and light floral notes that balance the whole sipping experience.

Grant’s Triple Wood is one of the solid and cheapest drams with a decent blended profile of smoke and sweetness. 

1. Hibiki Japanese Harmony

man drinking Hibiki Japanese Harmony

Average Price: $125 for 750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 43%

Why We Like It: Hibiki Japanese Harmony is a limited edition Japanese whisky [3] made by the House of Suntory.

This bottle of Japanese whisky is rich in flavor and craftsmanship.

Its 86-proof bottle is surprisingly rich in vibrant lychee, rose, and rosemary aromas.

You can taste the sweetness of honey in th mid-palate with a finish of Mizunara hint from Japanese oak.

FAQs 

Can you drink blended whiskey straight?

Yes, you can drink blended whiskey straight.

Although it is a popular choice for mixing in cocktails, you can sip it neatly or add a few drops of water to open up its nuanced flavors.

Is blended whiskey smoother than other whiskey types?

Yes, blended whiskey is smoother than other whiskey types.

It’s a mixture of different types of whiskey [4] from different malt whiskey and grain distilleries but is more subtle on the palate.

Final Thoughts 

Blended whisky is proof that mixing malt and grain whiskies deliver palatable drams.

It offers different kinds of smoothness and nuanced flavors that will never disappoint your palate.

For whisky drinkers who are into fruit-forward blends, you can try Berry Bros and Rudd Sherry Cask or Johnnie Walker Green Label.

For rye lovers, try  Barrell Seagrass or Keeper’s Heart.


These blended whiskeys deserve a spot in your home bar, and our top recommendations above might help you find your next favorite blended whiskey.

References:

  1. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/sherry 
  2. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/rye 
  3. https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/news/japan-introduces-new-regulations-to-define-what-qualifies-as-japanese-whisky-022421 
  4. https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/types-of-whiskey/

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