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In Praise of Blended Whisky

Blended Scotch Whisky is the solid foundation on which all whisky, not just Scotch, stands. If it was not for the incredible success of the major blended whisky brands have had over the past 50 years, today’s Scotch malt whiskies may never have reached the prominence they now have.

Blended Scotch Whiskies have a different flavour profile to single malts, but the range of flavours and ages is still wide. Blended whisky offers no less a drinking experience just a different experience. Blended whisky is a mixture of grain whisky and malt whisky, usually the grain whisky is the largest proportion of the blend, between 60% and 80%. The grain whisky will be made from a mixture of non-malted cereal and malted barley. It will be distilled using the continuous column distillation method. The grain whisky, which will have a lighter flavour, will have been matured for the same length of time as the malt whisky in the blend. Scotch Grain Whisky must comply in all respects with the definition of Scotch Whisky. A 12-year blend will contain both grain and malt whisky that has been matured for no less than 12 years.

The vast majority of malt whisky distilleries in Scotland rely heavily on blended whisky sales to keep them operating. The use of their malt whisky in blended whisky allows the distillery to lay down some malt for sale as the single malt. This is true of InchDairnie Distillery also but at InchDairnie our approach is different. At most distilleries, the malt whisky they produce for the blends and for the single malt is the same whisky. Some distilleries will exchange their malt whiskies for others but call it a different name to protect the single malt brand.

At InchDairnie we produce a different style of malt whisky specifically for blending, the Strathenry. The Strathenry is not made from Fife Barley but British barley, it is fermented using cream distillers yeast only, the still cut points are different and it is produced throughout the year. The Strathenry is produced with the same care and attention to detail as all our other whiskies. Here, consistency of style is extremely important.

At InchDairnie we produce for our partner company MacDuff International all of their blended whiskies. To do this we exchange with other distillers our Strathenry single malt for some of their makes of single malts and for some of their grain whiskies. We do these exchanges when the spirit is new. We send out the Strathenry in tankers and take tankers into our warehouses here at InchDairnie, with other new makes of whiskies. Just like all of our InchDairnie Single Malt, all these whiskies are matured here at InchDairnie until we make up the blends ready for bottling.

Once the Strathenry is exchanged, the whisky is no longer ours and we have no control over the wood policy used for the maturation or how long it is matured. The Strathenry is a blending malt so the wood it is matured in will have an impact on the final quality.

This way of trading whiskies is as old as blended whiskies, and it is very much part of the traditional business undertaken between distillers.

InchDairnie Distillery Wins Sustainability & Net Zero Award
14.06.24 All

InchDairnie Distillery Wins Sustainability & Net Zero Award

We are delighted to have won the Sustainability and Net Zero Award at the Fife Chamber of Commerce, Fife Business Awards.

RyeLaw has Officially Launched in the USA
22.05.24 All

RyeLaw has Officially Launched in the USA

We’re delighted to announce the official launch of RyeLaw in the US.

Our Founder Ian Palmer, Hands Over the Reins as Managing Director to Scott Sneddon
26.04.24 All

Our Founder Ian Palmer, Hands Over the Reins as Managing Director to Scott Sneddon

Today, InchDairnie Distillery announces a significant management transition, as whisky industry visionary Ian Palmer will hand over the reins as Managing Director to Scott Sneddon, the distillery’s current Distillery Director.

Introducing the Sample Room Range, Launching Exclusively with the Whisky Shop
22.03.24 All

Introducing the Sample Room Range, Launching Exclusively with the Whisky Shop

Our innovative approach to flavour continues with the launch of our small-batch trilogy series, the Sample Room Range, available exclusively on launch from the Whisky Shop.

InchDairnie Wins Best Bottle Design at the World Whiskies Awards
21.03.24 All

InchDairnie Wins Best Bottle Design at the World Whiskies Awards

InchDairnie Distillery Appoints New UK Distributor, Disaronno International UK Ltd.
28.02.24 All

InchDairnie Distillery Appoints New UK Distributor, Disaronno International UK Ltd.

RyeLaw has launched in Travel Retail
01.02.24 All

RyeLaw has launched in Travel Retail

InchDairnie Distillery is proud to announce its partnership with Gebr. Heinemann for the European expansion into Travel Retail for our first release, RyeLaw Fife Single Grain Scotch Whisky, now available at Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Vienna airport.

Our Luxury Partnership with LeBlanq – 2023 Highlights
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Our Luxury Partnership with LeBlanq – 2023 Highlights

In early 2023, we announced our partnership with luxury cycling tour specialist, LeBlanq as their official Global Whisky Partner for 2023/24. LeBlanq believe in rewarding life’s hard work with the ultimate escapism – indulgent weekends of eating and drinking all whilst joyriding in some of the world’s most beautiful cycling and culinary destinations.

RyeLaw Wins Newcomer of the Year
21.12.23 All

RyeLaw Wins Newcomer of the Year

RyeLaw wins Newcomer of the Year at the Scottish Whisky Awards 2023.

RyeLaw has Launched Coast to Coast in Canada
10.11.23 All

RyeLaw has Launched Coast to Coast in Canada

Our Managing Director Ian, has been on a whirlwind tour, launching our golden liquid across the stunning provinces of Canada.

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