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The Bounty of Old Blends

When Scotland’s most familiar whisky category shows its age, wondrous things can develop.
By Jack Bettridge | From The Rock, January/February 2021
The Bounty of Old Blends
Photo/Jeff Harris
Most anecdotes of grand old whiskies seem always to revolve around the single malts of Scotland. Collectors brag on their 20- to 40-year-old bottles. Whiskies aged for 60 years can fetch prices that would finance the purchase of a fine home. Often lost in the frenzy for mature Scotch is a variant of Scotland’s most popular drink: blended whisky. But the category that makes up at least 90 percent of Scotch whisky produced is quite capable of growing into venerable old age. Blends of a certain age offer remarkable complexity at the very pinnacle of the blended Scotch category, and good value is often a lovely bonus. As if to underscore this, when Dewar’s reintroduced …
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