Some drinkers will have you think that there’s single malt Scotch, and then there’s everything else that you should just serve to guests that you don’t like or mix into cocktails. But discerning drinkers know what’s good. At last month’s WhiskeyFest in New York City, which boasted representatives from around 400 labels, some of the most intense interest among the VIPs was the Japanese blend Hibiki 21 that was named world’s best-blended whisky at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards.
What follows is an inviting assortment of blended brethren, which ought to keep you plenty warm throughout the year. It’s an array of price points, from the downright affordable (Johnnie Walker Red) to the top-shelf (Dewar’s Signature).