Blended Scotch whiskies, unlike malts, typically mix well with other ingredients, and the classic Scottish whisky cocktails – the Rob Roy, the Rusty Nail and the Hot Toddy – have always been made using blended Scotch. Today, some also like to make the classic American whiskey cocktails – the Old Fashioned, Manhattan and Whiskey Sour – using blended Scotch. Johnnie Walker Black Label has notes of vanilla and fruit that work perfectly in the Manhattan.
Greta Garbo's first line in her first ‘talkie’, as she progressed from silent movies to the modern era of cinema in 1930, was “Gimme a whisky, ginger ale on the side.” More than 80 years on, whisky and ginger remain a classic pairing, as seen in the Scotch Whisky Mule. Apple also pairs well with blended Scotch, bringing out the fruit and the spice: The Long Walker unites both these ingredients.
The most flexible blended Scotch whisky, J&B Rare has a smooth flavour that can work with ingredients as disparate as peach, raspberry and pink grapefruit. All blended Scotch whiskies can be enjoyed served straight up, over ice, or with a splash of soda. Smoky, powerful blends, such as Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Johnnie Walker Double Black Label, are best enjoyed unmixed.