The Top Peated Blended Whiskies Under $50

Peated malt isn’t just used for single malts, but it’s also used to create some tasty blended whiskies. Here are our favorites from Scotland, all under $50!
Nov 21, 2017
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    10 Black Grouse
    82
    Rich & Fruity
    If you hadn't guessed by the name, this is a peated blended whisky brought to us by the fine folks that produce The Famous Grouse. The malty component has been supplemented by peated whisky from Islay and is still as rich and full bodied as its Famous brother. While this may not win over the peaty single malt devotees, it puts up a good fight with the other peaty blends out there.
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    9 Chivas Regal 12 Year
    82
    Fruity & Tart
    Chivas Regal is a brand of blended Scotch whisky from the Chivas Brothers which launched a 25 year old blend as its first product back in 1909. Just after Prohibition in 1938, the brand launched its 12 Year blended Scotch when it returned to the market. Today, Strathisla Distillery is at the heart of the Chivas Regal blend. Colin Scott has been its master blender since 1989.
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    8 J & B Rare Blended Scotch
    84
    Fruity & Tart
    J & B began as most Scotch 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.
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    7 Johnnie Walker Black Label
    84
    Vanilla & Sweet
    Created in 1820 under the name "Old Special Highland Whisky", Johnnie Walker Black was so named in 1909 as their customers had started to order their bottles by the label's color. Comprised of a blend of over three dozen distilleries, the malts in the whisky are largely comprised of peated distilleries such as Talisker and Lagavulin but also the unsung hero Cardhu.
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    6 Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition
    85
    Spicy & Fruity
    Reports vary, but some say the term "The Real McCoy" became part of our lexicon due to a fellow named Captain William McCoy. A sea captain and notorious smuggler of Cutty Sark into America during Prohibition, McCoy gained a reputation for providing real and unadulterated whisky. The Prohibition Edition is produced in his honor.
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    5 Johnnie Walker Double Black
    85
    Smoky & Spicy
    At its heart, Johnnie Walker Double Black still retains the standard Black Label's style of whisky: a peated blended whisky. What they've done with the Double Black is let the whisky mature in deeply charred oak casks to intensify the smoky characteristic. That's right, they've doubled down (had to be said).
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    4 Black Bottle Blended Scotch
    87
    Rich & Full Bodied
    Black Bottle is a brand that has been around since the late 1800s, originally a product brought to market by brothers Charles, David and Gordon Graham in Aberdeen, Scotland. As expert tea blenders, they decided to turn their skills into blending whisky, which they released in a special bottle made with black glass from Germany. The product has had many incarnations since then, even changing package design, but is now under the leadership of distiller Ian MacMillan, who has revisited a recipe similar to the original, using Islay malts in the blend.
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    3 Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch Wine Cask Blend
    87
    Sweet & Smoky
    Created by Johnnie Walker blender Aimée Gibson, this release blends whiskies aged in wine casks which were filled over 10 years ago. It incorporates whisky from Cameronbridge and Clynelish distilleries. Bottled at 40% ABV, this will be available in global markets beginning September 2017.
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    2 Pure Scot Virgin Oak 43
    87
    Rich
    This blended Scotch from Bladnoch combines Bladnoch's single malt (minimum 8 years old) with malt whiskies from Islay, Speyside, and the Highlands, along with malt and grain whiskies. The blend is finished in new American oak casks.
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    1 Compass Box Great King St Glasgow Blend
    88
    Fruity
    Compass Box's Great King Street line of blended whiskies has a new addition with the Glasgow Blend. Created to highlight a more robust and smoky whisky as, according to some, historically Glaswegians preferred this style, they have succeeded in doing just that. A blend with a large (67%) malt base, Compass Box uses a combination of barrels for aging: 1st fill sherry, 1st and refill ex-bourbon, and a small amount of new French oak barrels.