Reasons for Homeblending

by Matti

There are a few reasons why you would want to blend your own whisky. I’ve come up with these categories as a guide:

Enhancement

This is adding just a touch of other whisky to a base whisky. The intent here is to subtly alter the character of the base whisky without meddling with the original taste too much.

Recovery

Sometimes you buy a bottle of whisky that turns out to be bad or bland. Recovery is adding other whiskies in an attempt to improve the characteristics up to the point that it either becomes drinkable (yay!) or even quite good (double yay!).

Creation

This is where master blenders for the commercial blended whiskies reside. You try to mix and match characteristics or different whiskies with the aim of creating something ‘new': a blend that tastes not of the constituent parts but has a character of its own. Unsurprisingly, this is the hardest style to pull off.