The Best Blended Whiskies for Every Budget

The Best Blended Whiskies for Every Budget

Looking for a great blended whisky that won’t break the bank? Whether you’re a seasoned whisky aficionado or a curious newcomer, there are plenty of excellent blends out there to suit every taste and budget. From classic blends to innovative new expressions, the world of blended whisky is a rich and varied one. And with the help of Summerton Whisky Club, you can discover new and exciting whiskies from around the world without ever leaving your home.

In this list, we’ve compiled some of the best blended whiskies for every budget, from affordable everyday drams to luxurious sipping whiskies. Each whisky on this list has its own unique character and flavour profile, but they all share one thing in common: a commitment to quality and craftsmanship that’s sure to impress even the most discerning whisky lover. So sit back, pour yourself a dram, and let’s explore some of the best blended whiskies the world has to offer!

Johnnie Walker Black Label

Johnnie Walker Black Label

Johnnie Walker is a popular blended Scotch whisky brand owned by Diageo. Black Label is one of their most well-known expressions, with a rich and complex flavour profile that includes notes of smoke, chocolate and vanilla.

Fact about the brand: Johnnie Walker was first established in 1820 and has since become one of the most recognised whisky brands in the world.
Nosing notes: Smoky and peaty with a hint of sweetness
Tasting notes: Bold and full-bodied with a long, smooth finish
Try it if you like: The Macallan Double Cask 12 Year Old

Chivas Regal 12 Year Old

Chivas Regal 12 Year Old

Chivas Regal is a premium blended Scotch whisky brand that was founded in 1801. The 12 Year Old expression is a well-balanced whisky with a smooth and mellow flavour profile.

Fact about the brand: Chivas Regal was created by brothers James and John Chivas, who were originally grocers in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Nosing notes: Sweet and fruity with a hint of vanilla
Tasting notes: Smooth and creamy with a touch of spice

Monkey Shoulder

Monkey Shoulder

Monkey Shoulder is a blended malt Scotch whisky that is made from a combination of three Speyside single malts. It has a smooth and mellow flavour profile with notes of vanilla and caramel.

Fact about the brand: Monkey Shoulder is named after a condition that maltmen used to get from turning barley by hand.
Nosing notes: Sweet and spicy with a hint of oak
Tasting notes: Creamy and smooth with a touch of smoke
Try it if you like: The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

Dewar's White Label

Dewar's White Label

Dewar’s is a blended Scotch whisky brand that was founded in 1846. White Label is their signature expression, with a sweet and creamy flavour profile that includes notes of honey and toffee.

Fact about the brand: Dewar’s was the first whisky brand to use a “marrying” process to blend their whiskies together before bottling.
Nosing notes: Sweet and fruity with a hint of vanilla
Tasting notes: Smooth and creamy with a touch of spice
Try it if you like: Glenmorangie Original

Compass Box Great King Street Artist's Blend

Compass Box Great King Street Artist's Blend

Compass Box is an independent bottler and blender of Scotch whisky based in London, England. Great King Street Artist’s Blend is a smooth and mellow blended whisky with a hint of smoke and spice.

Fact about the brand: Compass Box was founded by John Glaser, who was previously a marketing director at the Johnnie Walker brand.
Nosing notes: Sweet and fruity with a hint of smoke
Tasting notes: Soft and mellow with a touch of spice
Try it if you like: The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

The Famous Grouse Smoky Black

The Famous Grouse Smoky Black

The Famous Grouse is a popular blended whisky brand from Scotland, and the Smoky Black expression is a delicious twist on their classic blend. It is made using a combination of peated and non-peated whiskies, giving it a smoky, peaty flavour with notes of spices and dark chocolate.

Fact about the brand: The Famous Grouse brand was created in 1896 and is named after the red grouse, Scotland’s national game bird.
Nosing notes: Peat smoke, spices, and dark chocolate
Tasting notes: Rich, smoky, and spicy
Try it if you like: Johnnie Walker Double Black

Nikka From The Barrel

Nikka From The Barrel

Nikka is a well-respected Japanese whisky distillery known for their exceptional blends, and the From The Barrel expression is no exception. It is a blend of whisky from their two distilleries, aged in a variety of casks, including bourbon barrels, sherry casks, and new American oak barrels. The result is a complex and flavourful whisky with notes of toffee, vanilla, and spice.

Fact about the brand: Nikka was founded by Masataka Taketsuru, known as the father of Japanese whisky, and produces some of the most highly sought-after whiskies in the world.
Nosing notes: Toffee, vanilla, and spice
Tasting notes: Complex and flavourful, with a long finish
Try it if you like: Chivas Regal Extra

Tullamore D.E.W. Original Irish Whiskey

Tullamore D.E.W. Original Irish Whiskey

Tullamore D.E.W. is a triple-distilled blended Irish whiskey made from a combination of grain, malt, and pot still whiskies. Its smooth and mellow taste profile makes it an excellent entry-level Irish whiskey.

Fact about the brand: Tullamore D.E.W. was originally produced in Tullamore, Ireland, but is now produced at the Midleton distillery in Cork.
Nosing notes: Fruity, with hints of citrus and spice
Tasting notes: Smooth, with notes of vanilla and oak
Try it if you like: Jameson Irish Whiskey

If you’re a whisky lover, there’s no better time to explore the world of blended whiskies than now. With the diverse range of options available, from affordable and easy-to-find expressions to more exclusive and luxurious blends, there’s a whisky out there for everyone. Whether you prefer smoky and peaty notes or something more smooth and mellow, the best blended whiskies are sure to satisfy your taste buds. So why not take the plunge and try one of these top-notch blends today? With the convenience of whisky subscriptions like Summerton Whisky Club, it’s never been easier to explore the exciting world of whiskies.