Faultline Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1192863

We dreamed for years of creating a delicious, interesting expression of blended Scotch whisky that we could feature under our Faultline label at a value driven price. We were close many times, but either the quality of the whisky or the cost of the barrels proved prohibitive. We didn't want to make a $25 bottle of whisky just for the sake of it. After working on and off with our bottler for over a year-long blending process, we hammered out a profile we were finally happy with. Big smoke, Ardbeg-like peat flavors, and a kiss of sweet grain was our goal, and we definitely achieved it in this bottle. Unlike most big-brand blends, there are no coloring agents in the Faultline Scotch, just a pale straw-colored liquid that bursts with character. Due to the heavy malt content, it finishes with richness and weight. We launched a blended Scotch unmatched in quality of flavor, price, beauty of design, and bang for the buck. Now after proving that we could do it, we've recreated our original blend. Just like the first batch, you get one helluva bottle of Scotch for $25. Smokier than Johnnie Black, more complex than Chivas, and less expensive than either. At an assertive 100 proof you can try it in a cocktail, pour it over ice, add in soda water and not worry about it. This is the real deal.

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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2022 | Send Email
Pure drinking pleasure. There is nothing collectible about it, just the absolute best value on the market for a smoky Scotch lover to devour. There simply is no other blended Scotch on the market that isn't chill filtered or colored or proofed way down. At 50% and with a huge proportion of malt whisky, this is as good as value blends can possibly get. And that's exactly the point. The nose is a sweet mix of malt and smoke - medium in intensity. This isn't a knock you over Octomore type peat, but somewhere between Talisker and Bowmore - pretty, slightly saline, moist - like a beach bonfire on a foggy night. On the palate this golden straw colored elixir delivers a whack of peaches and cream up front and moves into a more savory herbal finish that is slightly reminiscent of mezcal, fruity with just a hint of sweet herbal notes. Beautiful sweet grain and fruit make for a super soft delivery, but the 50% ABV brings it in with just enough heat to keep things interesting. The finish shows the sweeter side of the smoke component. It's hard to overstate what this blend has achieved with such a small price tag. We strive to always keep it available on our shelf, but it isn't always possible. Fortunately right now, we have inventory to drink up!

By: Tim Telli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/2/2021 | Send Email
K&L's very own blended Scotch. A great everyday dram that is value priced yet has enough complexity to keep everyone happy and going back for a refill. Hints of banana and sweet fruit, spices and Christmas pudding with a punch of peat on the finish.

By: Greg Dudley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2021 | Send Email
You will be hard pressed to find better blended Scotch at this price point. Just a nice easy going pour. Light smoke, well balanced, very enjoyable. Throw this in a highball with a lemon twist and thank us later.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2021 | Send Email
This is a great choice for those that want a blended Scotch with some smoke that is integrated and fun. It is soft and smooth with a nice mouth feel. It is very easy to drink and enjoy. The Faultline Blended Scotch would be great with soda water or just on the rocks. It is nice to have this wonderful product back in stock.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2021 | Send Email
Perhaps our greatest triumph to date because making good whisky cheap (or should that read “cheap whisky good”) is DANG hard work. I don't know if there is a product that we sell that I've spent more time or energy on getting right. We literally went through hundreds of samples of blended whisky from multiple suppliers. I worked meticulously with the artist to create the perfect label to exemplify this special blend. Ultimately, what we chose to blend wasn't necessarily the most powerful or intense option, but instead the goddamned most drinkable thing we could find at any price. We insisted it not be colored and bottled at 100 proof because while it was tasty at 80 proof, a whole lot of this stuff was going to go into long drinks and over rocks. Nothing else on the market stands up so well in a drink -long, short, classic whatever! The added proof does wonders to improve the flavor not to mention add texture. The inclusion of the beautiful bevy of Islay, Island, and Highland single malt give it depth, but the lack of caramel coloring might be the real reason this worked so well. The color will undoubtedly scare some old school whisky drinkers–it’s really really light in color. We’ve been conditioned by the industry to think, darker is better. Producers believe (and not without reason) that consumers will taste with their eyes first and therefore the negative flavor effects of the chemical coloring are vastly outweighed by the psychological effects of the dark color – it should be noted that some believe the addition of caramel color might enhance flavor of blended whisky, I am not one of those people. It is indeed true that consumers prefer darker colored whisky even if it’s the exact same stuff. Conditioning is a powerful thing. If the light color is a problem for you, please close your eyes (figuratively) because we are indeed incredibly influenced by our visual perceptions and this whisky deserves a fair shake. I'm very happy with the final product, but we knew the true test would always be when the real whisky geeks got hold of it. You know the guys who NEVER hold their tongue, no matter how obviously important or irritating something might be to you. Love those guys. While some diehards have remarked that it was "pretty darn good for the price,” others whisky heads just about fell out of their chairs when they tasted it. "How much of this stuff do you have? I'm gonna bunker at least 2 cases…no 3 cases. Do you have enough?" Music to my ears. For now, yes we have enough, for now…

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2015 | Send Email
This whisky will eventually speak for itself. The reviews are in, the news has hit the internet, and the buzz is ablaze. You cannot beat the Faultline Blended Whisky for the money. The question now is: how much of it can you drink?

By: Patrick Cu | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2015 | Send Email
If someone is looking for our best value in Scotch whisky, there'll be no hesitation on my part in recommending this. There are flavors of vanilla, malty grains, and a gentle touch of peat in the background. This is easy drinking, versatile whisky. How the hell is it $25 while being so good and 50% ABV? I have no idea, but enjoy it while it lasts.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2015 | Send Email
I usually only like blended Scotch that costs more than the single malts I drink, so this was a revelation. I don't know if it is the hint of high quality peat, the extra concentration and kick from the higher proof, or the lovely sweet malty character of this blend that make it so satisfying. My father has often said that he "likes to drink expensive booze like it was cheap"- if you do too, this is a great scotch for you. It is not expensive- it just tastes like it is! For me it is the best value in Scotch in the store.
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