When Cara Laing, our Director of Whisky stumbled across an article on her BBC app, it struck a chord with her. In this post, the third generation in the family business tells us more:
“My grandfather, Fred Douglas Laing, stood staunchly by his philosophy that skilful, meticulous blending results in a finished recipe whereby the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. That mantra is one my Dad and I still live by today, when we blend the Single Malts used to create our Remarkable Regional Malts series.
Each of our Remarkable Regional Malts is created to represent the archetypal Whisky style produced in its respective region. To create our Scallywag, for example, we marry together Single Malts from some of the finest and most revered Distilleries in Speyside in order to produce the ultimate taste of Speyside in one bottle. Alongside the illustration of Scallywag, the family Fox Terrier, reads the phrase “Speyside Blended Malt Scotch Whisky”.
We know from experience at Whisky shows all over the world, that some Whisky lovers have a perception that “Blend” is inferior to “Single”. We’ve seen first-hand that some people will notice the word “Blend” on a bottle and instantly believe they won’t like it; that it’s not for them.
That’s why the headline of this BBC article - “Why blend? Exploring the art of science and blending” - caught my attention. I have no doubt that a quote from early in the article will surprise some people:
"Whisky lovers often prize single malt whiskies more highly than the blended Scotch that combines them, but even single malts will be mostly blends of spirits from different casks."
To those people, we like to ask a couple of questions.
The article goes on to point out that some of the world’s finest Champagnes contain over 450 different wines. It really brings to life the art and skill required for successful blending – to genuinely create a finished product that enhances the qualities of the constituent parts. So, our message to the world to is BLENDED MALT IS BEST AND REALLY PRETTY REMARKABLE!
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