What Is the Difference Between Single Malt and Blended Whisky?

Anyone that has bought superior quality whisky would have come across puzzling terms such as ‘single malt’ and ‘blended whisky.’ Usually, a single malt whisky is pricey than its blended counterpart. But why should you pay more for a flask of single malt whisky? Are there any health benefits or other advantages of single drinking malt over blended whisky? Or is it merely prestigious to buy, consume and serve single malt whisky?

At some point, some of these questions could have risen in your mind. Actually, single malt and blended whisky are both made of grain. However, there are significant differences between the two. Here we explain the difference between single malt and blended whisky.

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Single Malt v/s Blended Whisky

There are significant differences between a Single Malt Whisky and Blended Whisky. Here we look at some of the major factors that distinguish the two.


The main ingredient that goes into distilling whisky is grain. Here comes the difference between Single Malt and Blended Whisky.


Another difference between Single Malt Whisky and Blended Whisky is the distillery.

Pre Distillation Processes

Processes that go into making whiskies also decide whether it is Single Malt Whisky or Blended Whisky. Here are some of the main processes.

For blended whiskies, it is not necessary to soak grains for at least two days. The process can be cut short or even made longer, if necessary.

Blended Whisky distiller also stops germination of grains like wheat by exposing it to smoke from peat or other natural material.

Single Malt Whisky mash will consist of barley that was malted and dried. Blended Whisky mash can consist of barley, wheat, rice and other grains that were malted and dried.

Distillation Processes

Mash for Single Malt Whisky and Blended Whisky have to be distilled to make the final product. Here is where major differences in the processes emerge.


Another significant difference between Single Malt Whisky and Blended Whisky is the maturation process.

Taste & Flavor

The reason why Single Malt Whiskies are pricey? Due to the taste of course. No two brands of Single Malt whisky will have the same taste. This is because they are made with spirits made in the same distillery, albeit of different ages. This makes it different for one distiller to copy the flavor and taste of another brand.

Blended Whiskies are made by marrying different malts from different grains in various proportions. Hence, they can taste and smell the same as other brands. Giving the unique flavor and taste depends on skills of the brew master. Since all brew masters have their own secret formulas for blending, two different brands can taste similar if the same malts have gone into their making.

Production & Pricing

Single Malt Whiskies cannot be bulk produced compared over Blended Whiskies. This is because of availability of adequate malts from the same distillery for blending with a particular batch. Hence, they are expensive.

Blended Whiskies can be mass produced anywhere in the world. Hence, they are a bit economical compared over Single Malts.

In Conclusion

Alcohol strength of both, Single Malt Whisky and Blended Whisky is usually maintained at 40 per cent Alcohol by Volume (ABV). Alcohol is generally 75 degrees Proof spirit for Scotch whiskies. Usually, a Single Malt Whisky will have its own fans. They love the taste and flavor of a particular brand and refuse to consume other whiskies. Blended Whiskies are enjoyed by people that have no specific inclinations towards a single taste or flavor. Both Single Malt Whisky and Blended Whisky have their own faithful aficionados.

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