Blends are made with a mixture of single malts and grain whisky from different distilleries
Although single malts dominate the scene nowadays, blends were actually the only kind of Scotch sold in the US up until the '70s. Here, a master blender mixes different single malts from various distilleries with a bit of grain whisky (which, unlike single-malt Scotch, is not 100% malted barley) in order to create a specific flavor profile. And, lucky for you blend boys, they're usually a bit kinder on the wallet than the singles.
Some killer, easy-to-find blended Scotches include Chivas Regal 18 and Dewar's 18, both awarded 96 points by Wine Enthusiast, as well as Johnnie Walker Platinum Label, which scored 94 points, and Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition, a 90-pointer that goes for a measly $30 a bottle (get on this, stat). Single-malt fanatics sometimes dismiss these brands for not distilling their own whisky and adding grain alcohol to the mix. But, truth be told, a lot of blends -- i.e., the ones listed above -- are actually very skillfully produced, scoring well against single malts in blind taste-tests, and should definitely not be slept on (though, they may make you sleepy).