A blend of straight bourbons is, of course, an old concept in American whiskey-merchandising and it makes excellent sense too from a palate standpoint when properly done. I doubt the term blend when used in this sense conveys anything negative. It is true that old hands such as many here (I included!) know the history of the term blended, but today I would think the younger generation doesn't get any negatives with the term especially when one thinks of the cocktail revival. It's all good.
Gary I would think the younger generation could be made to believe blended is better.
I already believe that in some cases, see 4R SmB LE.
Precisely Sean, just because blended may have a certain connotation for some of we senior members doesn't make it a bad word and certainly not a bad idea.
Yes, good points, I agree.
Very a propos to mention 4R, since something rather similar was done with the very same marque circa-1940: