If we tell you to think about quality scotch, it’s probably single malts—whiskies that come from a single distillery—that come to mind, right? If so, you’re not alone—but allow us to remind you of an oft-overlooked fact: The blended scotches some drinkers sneer at? They’re actually composed of single-malt whiskies. Sometimes they’re blends of seriously revered single malts. But for some reason, that’s not generally made known by the blended-scotch companies.
We’re here to blow the lid off those secrets. Here are some of our favorite blended scotches, all priced less than a bottle of just one of the many single malts that go into their blends.