Blended scotch, unfortunately, gets a bad rap in the world of fine whiskey. Too often, these smoother sips are considered cop-outs, mixing whiskeys, or drams that are better reserved for a glass full of ice. Maybe it’s because the world of blended scotch is unknown, unlike its single malt counterpart. Or maybe, it’s because the blanket term “blended” alludes to an antithesis of purity. Yet, with a fine blended scotch, this isn’t often the case. In fact, many single malt scotches are, in one way or another, blended themselves. They’re just blended with various malts, grains or other whiskies specific to one distillery. For example, a single malt Laphroaig could very well feature different batches of whisky in its composition. However, all of these batches were distilled and aged on site at the same distillery, therefore it’s allowed to exist within the single malt category.