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”. Weve seen first-hand that some people will notice the word “Blend” on a bottle and instantly believe they wont like it; that its not for them.
Thats 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:
To those people, we like to ask a couple of questions.
Did you know that a Single Malt could in fact be created from 10 times as many casks as our Remarkable Regional Malts? We ask this because - as the BBC article points out - amongst other criteria, the term “Single Malt” means that all of the casks used in the recipe were filled at the same distillery. There could be 100s and 100s of casks combined in order to create the Whisky that is named a “Single Malt”, whereas our Remarkable Regional Malts are produced in very small batches, using far fewer Single Casks selected from the family stocks. We often find that the blending element involved in a Single Malt is misunderstood, and we like to point out that by marrying together Single Malts from different distilleries, were creating something thats multi-faceted – like comparing the sound of a single violin to that of an entire orchestra!
Did you know that Blended Malt and Blended Scotch are in fact two entirely different styles of whisky? Asking this question sometimes opens a can of worms, as its a rather complicated concept! Whilst Blended Malt can be defined as “a marriage of Single Malts”, Blended Scotch is different. It is created by blending Grain Whisky together with Malt. Often, the perception is that Grain Whisky, or Blended Scotch, is of a lesser quality. Blended Malt, on the other hand is created purely from Single Malt Whiskies.
The article goes on to point out that some of the worlds 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!