Whyte and MacKay is on special offer at Tesco - a litre for £15. It's a blend, a palatable one and actually quite smooth but it comes under the definition of 'gulpin' whisky'.
I don't know if anyone else uses such definitions. Mine are based on the old Wild West saloon definitions.
Sippin' whisky is a good malt. It's expensive so you drink it by pouring a small amount at a time into a crystal glass. A small amount because if you nod off watching a DVD (an occasional hazard late at night) and wake up to find you'll have to ditch a large glass of expensive booze, it hurts. Sippin' whisky is not for getting drunk, although that can happen. It's for savouring.
Gulpin' whisky is a cheap malt or a good blend. Ledaig, Glen Moray and Glen Grant are very nice malts but at around £15 a bottle it doesn't hurt so hard if you've wasted a glass by nodding off. These are okay in ordinary glasses but still better in crystal. I don't know why. Maybe it's the lead.
These are the ideal ones for Smoky-Drinky because you don't feel quite so defensive of them as you do of a £30 bottle of Laphroaig. There are those at Smoky-Drinky who drink whisky straight from the bottle - I know they do, because if they're already there and I arrive next, the bottle is open, started, and there are no glasses out. Smoky-Drinky is not a high class club. We get all sorts. Even Labour voters, although I am trying to cure them of that terrible addiction - for their own good, and for the cheeeldren.
Don't ever swig any whisky from the bottle. It is sinful and wrong and Satan will visit you in the night and mark you forever with his pungent faecal scent. In your mouth. And I won't let you have any of mine if you're going to do that with it. Mind you, it's not as sinful as voting Labour. If you do that, Satan rubs his hands and really goes to work on you. Even he doesn't like Labour. Probably because Mandelstein is serious competition.
Anyhow, gulpin' whisky gets poured in larger measures but still not drunk too fast. It's to be enjoyed. No down-in-one nonsense. The good blends come under this definition and of course, it depends what you like. Whyte and Mackay, Black Bottle, Grant's - the Ale or Sherry cask (much better than the plain stuff), Stewart's Cream of the Barley, and several others are gulpin' whiskies.
Redeyes I never buy any more. They are harsh blends. Contrary to what many people seem to believe, whisky should not hurt when you drink it. It doesn't have to taste like nitric acid to be a good whisky. Down at this end are Bell's and the modern, inferior version of Famous Grouse. They are for people who like pain, or who believe that drinking must come with an immediate penance. They are not the worst...
The worst are the rotgut. At the bottom of the whisky stacks are the supermarket own-brand ones and those are cheap for a reason. They are terrible. I'd say that if the Shenkerites wanted to put people off strong drink, they should make those own-brand blends cheaper. If that was your only experience of whisky you'd never touch the stuff again. Suitable only for removing varnish or cleaning the toilet and not even good enough to make an Irish coffee. For that I'd use a redeye or a low-end gulpin' whisky. Never Jameson's or Bushmills, they are far too good to be mixed with coffee and sugar. Rotguts are cheap but they do not give you an impression of what whisky is like. They give more of an impression of what it's like to have your throat cleaned with a wire brush dipped in bleach. In the morning, you get the same effect at the other end.
Rotguts are the ones tramps drink before falling into the gutter and going 'blurb-blurb-blurb' until Alex, Pete, Georgie and Dim come along. They are not really supposed to be consumed at all other than by people who are in a situation where a painful death sounds like a good option. They are the ones you buy because it's cheap to give it a go, drink one small glass and pour the rest down the sink. It does wonders for your U-bend but it does awful things to your insides so, in fact, it's worth buying a bottle to clear your sink-traps.
Just don't drink any.