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May 30, 2016
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    Although blended whiskies are a great place to start if you are just building your relationship with Scotch, Buchanan’s specifically is a perfect entry-level scotch because of the absence of abrasive peat smoke, the rich cocoa undertones and the complexity of welcoming flavors. In 1884 Canadian born James Buchanan first created Buchanan’s to fill a niche for an affordable entry level blended Scotch and it has since become a worldwide-recognized brand with strong acclaim in South American countries like Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela also enjoying great popularity in Mexico.
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    Buchanan Blended whiskies are a great place to start if you are just building your relationship with Scotch. Canadian born James Buchanan first created Buchanan’s to fill a niche for an affordable entry level Scotches and they have since become known for their strong acclaim in South America with some its largest markets in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.
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    This unusually named whisky is derived from the wine & spirits merchants that created the blend in the West End of London, Mr. Hankey & Mr. Bannister. They were some of the first to take Scotch whisky out of Scotland and blend it elsewhere which they did over two hundred years ago. It is a blended whisky comprised of Lowland grain whiskies and Highland & Speyside Malt whiskies.
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    Ben Nevis is a lesser-known distillery on the Scottish Westcoast. The washbacks are wooden, and brewer's yeast is used. Distillation is slow and steady. A testament to the old-school way Ben Nevis has always operated. The Ben Nevis 10 Year has been around since 1996, and since then has slowly made a name for itself, but can still be considered a hidden gem.
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    The Snow Grouse was originally launched in 2008 as a retail-travel exclusive, though it has expanded its market (note: this is not yet available in the US). It is a blended grain whisky and apparently designed to be enjoyed straight from the freezer.
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    A blended Scotch whisky made with 50% malt and 50% grain which is quite high for blends. As with all Compass Box whiskies, there is no color added nor is it chillfiltered. Composition is as follows: 50% grain whisky from Cameronbridge matured in first-fill American standard barrel, 5% Glen Elgin single malt aged in refill hogshead, 23% Teaninich single malt aged in first-fill American standard barrel, 22% Linkwood single malt aged in first-fill American standard barrel. Update: As of June 2018, once case depletions occur, there will be no more Asyla for the foreseeable future until the malts used in its creation reach its desired maturity. If mature stocks are acquired, Asyla may return in a limited capacity until the stocks on hand mature.
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    The first expression in Johnnie Walker's Travel-Retail-exclusive Explorers' Club Collection, The Spice Road was released in Duty Free stores late in 2012. This adventure-themes bottling is meant to evoke images of traveling the Silk Road and wandering the spice bazaars of Asia. It's a blended Scotch bearing no age-statement
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    Johnnie Walker Green Label is the only blended malt whisky in the Johnnie Walker core portfolio unlike the others which are blended whiskies incorporating grain whiskies in those blends. Included in the Green Label blend are single malts from Skye (Talisker), Islay (Caol Ila), and Speyside (Cragganmore and Linkwood). Each of these single malt whiskies were aged a minimum of 15 years. While the Green Label was discontinued for a short time in 2012, it did return permanently to the portfolio in 2016 due to popular demand. (SRP $64.99 for 750ml)
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    It should be noted that this has been discontinued, though bottles are still out there in the world; keep your eyes open. This 18 year blended whisky uses single malts such as Clynelish and Cardhu in the blend.
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    J&B began as most Scotch whisky blends did — through wine & spirits merchants. J&B stand for the names "Justerini", an Italian who had followed his heart to London and subsequently became a wine & liquor merchant, and "Brooks" who purchased the business a few generations later. The blend as we know it today came about in the 1930s, just after the end of Prohibition.