Whether you're buying whisky as a present for a friend or family member, or for yourself, you'll find there's a huge variety of different brands available. If you're considering buying a bottle of Scottish whiskey, you'll probably have a choice between a blended whisky or a single malt.
There's a huge range of prices, but whatever your budget, it pays to know more about what's in the bottle.
In this video, drinks writers Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison explore traditional blended Scotch whiskies, describing what goes into a typical blend, how the flavours are brought together and what to look for on the palate.
Learn more about Scottish whisky:
How to read a whisky label
How to add water to whisky
How to nose whisky
How to collect whisky