Blended whisky actually accounts for the vast majority of whisky sales in the world, and its production is a real art form. Making blended whisky is, at its essence, the combination of malt whisky - full of character and distilled in pot-stills using malted barley - and grain whisky - smoother and less complex, made in column stills from various grains and cheaper and more efficient to product. The art is in using the right grain whisky to keep the costs down, whilst using the right malt whisky to bring all the delicious flavour. 40 year old blended whisky is very, very rare, and in fact blends rarely carry such high age statements. We heartily recommend these as gifts for 40th birthdays and anniversaries, or for Christmas or Father's Day.