View Full Version : Vatts and Blends
07-22-2013, 06:46 PM
What is the difference between a Vatted whisky and a blended whisky. I think I have seen some vatted whiksy call vatted single malts but not sure what that is.
07-23-2013, 12:37 AM
From the 'Whisky for Everyone' web site:
"blends are a combination of different single malts AND grain whiskies, while vattings are a combination of different single malts."
Hope this helps.:D
07-23-2013, 06:06 PM
The law change a year or so ago and all vatted malts have now to be called blended malts even [as I understand it] if it's all the same single malts. I doubt if there are any Vatted Malts or Vatted Single Malts bottled and **** now, this also applies to grain whiskies. I feel it's quite confusing as a quick glance at a bottle that says blended malt or blended grain may be mistaken for a blended whisky.
07-24-2013, 10:52 AM
and then to make things even more confusing for your average consumer, they can label whisky as "Scotch Whisky" no matter if it's Single Malt, Blended Malt or Blended Whisky (with grain), provided it's minimum age of 3 years and distilled, matured and bottled in Scotland.
So that nasty bottle of Clan McPiper which says "Scotch Whisky" is probably a 3 year old, grain heavy blend. Average Joe thinks that's what Scotch is.
....I still prefer the term "Vatted Malt" as it differentiates between that and a blend. But naturally the SMWA knows best....(yeah right)
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