One of the most common misconceptions in the spirits world is that ‘single malt scotch’ is of a higher quality than ‘blended scotch.’ This is completely unfounded and untrue. The designations single malt and blended are simply different ways of expressing the same product.
Blended Scotch was first made around 1860 after the introduction of column stills in 1830 led to the creation of un-malted grain whisky (otherwise known as ‘grain’). The smooth and mild mannered aspects of the grain helped to tone down the the more assertive characteristics of the malt whisky. The resulting blended whisky proved to be subdued and much more appealing to foreign consumers, particularly the English, who took to Scotch during the 1870s after phylloxera affected the supply of Cognac and Port–two mainstays of British culture. Read More about Blended Scotch Versus Single Malt Scotch