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Why must it be Single Malt? What's wrong with Blended Whisky?

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Why must it be Single Malt? What's wrong with Blended Whisky?

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Why must it be Single Malt? What's wrong with Blended Whisky?

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You sure do manage to post some head-shakers.........
 

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I do enjoy Blended Whisky as well.

For example: Tullamore Dew! :peace
 

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I do enjoy Blended Whisky as well.

For example: Tullamore Dew! :peace
Blended whiskies are for the peons. Now, pass the Johnny Walker.

The allure of single malts, or for that matter single barrels, is the expense. And after 4 or 5 shots who the hell can honestly taste the difference, or even care what they are drinking?

"Careful, don't spill any of that precious Tennessee sipping mash!"

"Hell you say! I could swear I was downing shots of Jack all night. Why am I talking to two of you?"
 

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Why must it be Single Malt? What's wrong with Blended Whisky?

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I don't know why it must be. They both appeal to overlapping fanciers. Single malts tend to be more distinct, for very obvious distinctive reasons. Blendeds target a slightly different usage, often looking to reproduce a consistency not available in Single, and more prone to be used in cocktails and mixed drinks.

I, for one, would never pour a peaty Islay into Ginger Ale, but wouldn't hesitate to make a Rye and Ginger with Bulleit 95 - just as an example.
 

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I don't know why it must be. They both appeal to overlapping fanciers. Single malts tend to be more distinct, for very obvious distinctive reasons. Blendeds target a slightly different usage, often looking to reproduce a consistency not available in Single, and more prone to be used in cocktails and mixed drinks.

I, for one, would never pour a peaty Islay into Ginger Ale, but wouldn't hesitate to make a Rye and Ginger with Bulleit 95 - just as an example.
Exactly!
And I suspect that many of those "Single Malt" Shouters have no idea about Whisky - but have heard from some pampered snob with too much money that you must say "Single Malt only" to pass yourself off as a Connaisseur.

It all depends!
 

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"Single Malt only" lovers are like those terrible snobbish snobs who pretend that they never drink anything but the most expensive French wine every day.

Und nothing less than Château Pétrus.
 

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"Single Malt only" lovers are like those terrible snobbish snobs who pretend that they never drink anything but the most expensive French wine every day.

Und nothing less than Château Pétrus.
When it comes to snobbery, it's no different in the world of art, antiques . . . . or just possessions in general. Some people actually identify themselves by what they own. I have occasionally wondered what would happen if they suddenly lost everything they owned in a fire. Would they simply cease to exist without having what they once owned to buttress their identify? Some people's possessions make them a mile wide, but their insecurities show they're only a millimeter deep.
 

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In the case of wines, an "assemblage" or a "cuvée" may be often better than a single grape wine.

The same way, a blended whisky could be better than a single malt whisky.

It all depends.
 

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May I ask again:

Just as a cuvée may be better than a single-grape-wine - why can't a blended whisky not also be better than a single malt in some cases?
 

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I will now ask a Scotsman about this. :)
 

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"Single Malt only" lovers are like those terrible snobbish snobs who pretend that they never drink anything but the most expensive French wine every day.

Und nothing less than Château Pétrus.
Close... but I'm more a Saint-Émilion man myself. *LOL*

I think it boils down and what you're willing to pay a premium for.... there is nothing wrong with a blended whiskey. But if the product of one particular region appeals to you - if it has the taste you're looking for - and you don't mind paying a premium for it, then why not? It doesn't apply to all whiskeys, either.... I actually prefer Bourbon to Scotch, but I've never found a big difference between an expensive Bourbon and a mid-range one. I call it the "Maker's line"... anything more expensive than Maker's Mark isn't any better, and anything cheaper just isn't as good. When I drink Scotch, though, I find a big difference between the various regions.

But I'm the same way with coffee... has to be Kenya AA. Nothing else compares for me.
 

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I seems to be like this:

Better blended Whisky could be made - but people would not pay for it, as they expect blended Whisky to be cheaper than single malts.
 

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Why must it be Single Malt? What's wrong with Blended Whisky?

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1)The price point of snobs.

2) The lower quality story to tell as you drink it.
 

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It's the difference between filet and sirloin. Both are good, when prepared and presented in a manner that highlights their strengths. I like a flat iron steak as much as a tomahawk, they're just different.

I prefer to sip a good single malt to enjoy the complexity and notes; no different from wines or cognac. It's not a snob thing, it's like a foodie who knows where to get the best wings, fries, cheesesteaks, or whatever. There's more out there than Crown, Seven, and Jack.
 

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I prefer to sip a good single malt to enjoy the complexity and notes; no different from wines or cognac. It's not a snob thing, it's like a foodie who knows where to get the best wings, fries, cheesesteaks, or whatever. There's more out there than Crown, Seven, and Jack.

You did not understand.
You take it for granted, that all single malts are good per se, just because they are single malts.
 

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@ the complexity and notes

A blended whisky might even have MORE "complexity and notes"
 

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It's the difference between filet and sirloin..
No.

It is the difference between a mix and a not-mix.

The differnence between a single-grape wine and a various-grapes-wine.

That does not say anything about the quaility.
 

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May I ask again:

Just as a cuvée may be better than a single-grape-wine - why can't a blended whisky not also be better than a single malt in some cases?
It's a reasonable assertion. Unto itself, being a single malt Scotch, or a single barrel Bourbon, is no guarantee it will taste "better" - because after all, we're talking about taste - which is entirely subjective. And certainly coming from a single varietal grape is no guarantee any wine will be better than, for example, a claret from Bordeaux, which are virtually ALL blends of two or more grapes.

HOWEVER - just as it is with wines, other spirits are also often subjected to blind tastings, and when a consensus of educated palates agree about the superiority of something, it becomes damned likely that it is simply "better". Of course, it goes without saying that it doesn't matter which is the better orange when you're comparing apples to oranges. If what your taste craves is the best apple, the best orange simply won't do.
 

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Why must it be Single Malt? What's wrong with Blended Whisky?

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Nothing is wrong with blended whisky, it exists to tell us who is a cheap whisky heathen to be shunned by all of polite society.
 

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I do enjoy Blended Whisky as well.

For example: Tullamore Dew! :peace
I dislike Tullamore Dew.

I bought a bottle and it ended up only being fit for the egg nog and my coffee on weekends.

This is the barely coherent and grammatically inept speech of a man who desperately wants to be able to claim that he "cured coronavirus."

That's it, in a nutshell. When we do get a handle on this crisis, he wants to be able to pull out footage and declare "I called it! I said use this! I said try this! I told them to do this, it was my idea!" He's just doing it with lots of stupid stuff because he doesnt want to miss an opportunity. He's afraid 'the big one' will be mentioned and he wont get credit for it.

It's all about declaring himself the savior of the cv crisis and we'll hear all about it, esp in his campaign. (Which is basically each of his press briefings these days) --- Lursa
 
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Cost. Premium single malt is expensive.

But the leftovers, in a blend, can be pleasant and more affordable.

This is the barely coherent and grammatically inept speech of a man who desperately wants to be able to claim that he "cured coronavirus."

That's it, in a nutshell. When we do get a handle on this crisis, he wants to be able to pull out footage and declare "I called it! I said use this! I said try this! I told them to do this, it was my idea!" He's just doing it with lots of stupid stuff because he doesnt want to miss an opportunity. He's afraid 'the big one' will be mentioned and he wont get credit for it.

It's all about declaring himself the savior of the cv crisis and we'll hear all about it, esp in his campaign. (Which is basically each of his press briefings these days) --- Lursa
 

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It's a reasonable assertion. Unto itself, being a single malt Scotch, or a single barrel Bourbon, is no guarantee it will taste "better" - because after all, we're talking about taste - which is entirely subjective. And certainly coming from a single varietal grape is no guarantee any wine will be better than, for example, a claret from Bordeaux, which are virtually ALL blends of two or more grapes.

Exactly!

It is just that the big firms do not produce BETTER blended whiskies!
Because that had to ask a higher price, that nobody would pay.

But blendinng in itself is not bad at all.
 

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Exactly!

It is just that the big firms do not produce BETTER blended whiskies!
Because that had to ask a higher price, that nobody would pay.

But blendinng in itself is not bad at all.
Wineries are catching on there. More and more excellent red blends are coming out. They can find a balance that reduces the tannins, deepens the flavors, etc.

I hate tannins, so I dislike cheap reds but the better blends are worth trying. Have found several that are good.

This is the barely coherent and grammatically inept speech of a man who desperately wants to be able to claim that he "cured coronavirus."

That's it, in a nutshell. When we do get a handle on this crisis, he wants to be able to pull out footage and declare "I called it! I said use this! I said try this! I told them to do this, it was my idea!" He's just doing it with lots of stupid stuff because he doesnt want to miss an opportunity. He's afraid 'the big one' will be mentioned and he wont get credit for it.

It's all about declaring himself the savior of the cv crisis and we'll hear all about it, esp in his campaign. (Which is basically each of his press briefings these days) --- Lursa
 
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