Blended, Not Stirred Vol.2

Blended, Not Stirred Vol.2

Blends from around the World


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Dear friends, old and new alike, welcome. James Bond, our favorite British spy, likes to reappear every couple of years or so and Uncle Flaviar followed suit. We’re back with another selection of Bond’s favorites. For your eyes only.

As many of you already know, contrary to the impression courtesy of the films, 007 is much more of a Whisky man than his famed shaken martinis might lead you to believe. We’re here to reacquaint ourselves with his taste.

The world is quite enough
Whisky purists – avert your gaze. Why? Well, because some of you might scoff at the fact that we’ll be trying out blended drams. And we’re not just talking Scotland, we’ll be discovering the whole world, one sip at a time. We are talking about the international man of mystery, are we not? (Or was that Austin Powers?)

License to distill
Anyway, despite what some of you might believe, Scotland does not possess the exclusive right to make Whisky. In fact, some argue that other countries have edged ahead in the malt-making business. We wouldn’t go that far, but we have to give credit where credit is due. A well-traveled man like James Bond appreciates diversity, and so do we.

Never say never to blends again
There is more at play than just diversity, though. Bond could make any drink cool, but blended Whiskies are a genuine delight – on par with single malts. Just give them a chance. We’re talking about a mix of malt and grain Whiskies, sourced from several different distilleries. Master blenders use anywhere from 15, to even 50 different Whiskies to strike the perfect balance of flavor.

Same character, different movie
Blending Whisky is a delicate and sophisticated art. The malts and grains in a blend must be carefully chosen to complement and strengthen one another. The whole should be greater than the sum of its parts. Year in, year out. Identity and consistency. Or to put it in Bond terms – same character, different movie.

“Do I look like I give a damn?”
In one of his more recent movies, Bond again orders his signature Vodka martini. However, when asked by the bartender if he wants it shaken or stirred, Bond replies: “Do I look like I give a damn?” We concur with the rather ironic poke at this classic Bond phrase. Blended Whisky will work in a variety of fashions. Drink it neat or with a block of ice, whatever your heart desires
 
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to pour.

You only live twice, so we had to do the box once more.
 
Cheers!

 
SmartAss Corner

1) On-screen, James Bond has killed 363 people and slept with 52 women. He also consumed about 300 units of alcohol in the meantime. He kept busy.
 
2) Daniel Craig was the booziest of them all. Among the lot tested was a bottle of 1962 Macallan from their “Fine & Rare” collection. The bottle, signed by Craig and his co-stars, eventually sold for an incredible £9635 at auction.
 
3) Perhaps Bond is into single malts now, but in the golden age of 007 in the 1960’s, blended Whisky was basically all there was, since the single malt category really only took off long after Ian Fleming had already written all his novels.
 
4) Single malt was not always as cultivated as it is today, but much harsher and more unrefined. Initially all the distillers only made blends – the more refined variety of Whisky, and by doing so made it the gentleman’s drink we know today.
 
5) More than 90% of all the Whisky sold in the world remains blended.
 
6) It is said that if you are a fan of a blended Whisky, chances are you would also be a fan of the core component single malts that comprise the blend.
 
7) There's a common misconception that because a certain Whisky is labelled "single malt," it must be the product of just a single batch or barrel of Whisky. This is incorrect. Most single malts are a blend, in the sense that they're a mixture of Whiskies from one distillery, and from malted barley only.
 

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Member Reviews and Ratings of Blended, Not Stirred Vol.2
Luke
Luke,
I am going
 
Jeff
Jeff,
 
Ellen
Ellen,
Great variety of tastings and enjoyed every one.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding sampler of Blended Whiskey's from across the globe!
 
Douglas
Douglas,
Tried a more “affordable,” box to try and find some bottles we’d like that don’t cost close to 100, but none of these landed with us. They were not offensive, but not anything we’d buy a bottle of.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Excellent
 
Michael
Michael,
Great sampler
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Three distinct different tastes all very drinkable. Hedonism was excellent, very deep, although not sure I'd pay full bottle price for it. Roe & Coe is def worth the price to me and could see myself buying a full bottle. Overall very happy with this tasting box, wish I had more of each of them.
 
Matt
Matt,
Hedonism was my favorite of the 3....was surprised by the sweetness of the finish. The spiciness of the Roe & Coe was a little over the top for me, but still good. The Tougouchi was a good drinker as well!
 
Tara
Tara,
Enjoyed all three!
 
Timothy
Timothy,
Loved it!
 
Justine
Justine,
The Tougouchi is my favorite of the three and is the reason for the higher rating. It’s super smooth with a great finish.
 
John
John,
Great tastes. I want a bottle of each, but unfortunately only compass box is available.
 
Joe
Joe,
I really enjoyed each of these very different samples.
 
Taylor
Taylor,
I really enjoyed all of these whiskeys, particularly the Togouchi. I was a little leery of blended, but I was impressed by this set. I would definitely recommend it
 
Francesco
Francesco,
Great selection wonderful tastes
 
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