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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Whyte & Mackay Scotch Whisky

Tasting notes review

Whyte & Mackay Special

The key to the blend’s success - time has allowed for these aged malts to amalgamate and harmonise. The ‘vatted malt or blended malt’, as it is now known, is held in insitu sherry butts and left for several months during its first marriage. Once again they call upon time. The blended malt is then mixed with six different grain whiskies and returned to another set of in situ sherry butts to complete its second stage of maturation before the blend is finally bottled


COLOUR: Rich, golden highlights.


NOSE: Full and round with an attractive silky spectrum of soft nuances are displayed immediately. An impeccable balance prevails with no individual malt or grain whisky predominating. The double marriage processes of these 41 constituent parts have assured a lasting union - a perfect marriage.


TASTE: Harmony and breeding reward the palate in a majestic manner. By allowing this noble spirit to drift over the tongue, the warmth of the mouth releases additional flavours - honeyed soft fruits arise in profusion. Seductively smooth, rich tones assert their influence in the background before giving way to a pleasing warm aftertaste, which lingers long in the mouth.

This exceptional blend is a true reflection of its noble founders.


Whyte & Mackay ‘The Thirteen’

13 Year Old Aged Blended Scotch whisky


The secret of the rich, rounded taste of THE THIRTEEN is in the unique Double Marriage maturation process. At 12 years old, when other producers bottle their aged blends, Whyte & Mackay’s Master Blender brings together the finest malt whiskies, then returns them to sherry casks to marry for another year – a loving union. At 13 years old the second marriage takes place, when the finest grain whiskies are introduced to this blend of malts to create the masterpiece that is THE THIRTEEN.


COLOUR: Radiant, golden highlights - shimmering bright.


NOSE: A firm rich positive bouquet. Mellow and full, almost luscious. A slight hint of wood can just be detected. Polished and elegant - not overpowering - the spirit rises gently to reveal its long age in wood. Some round sherry wood tones are also apparent giving it a distinguished graceful smoothness.


TASTE: Great backbone. Plenty of meat and flesh dominates the tongue at first, before releasing its many exquisite flavours - each one working in perfect harmony. Truly a noble blend.


Whyte & Mackay 19 Years Old Blend

COLOUR: Deep, golden, glossy mahogany.


NOSE: Rich and refined, luscious malty tones flaunt themselves in perfect harmony. A truly noble bouquet with just a hint of oloroso sherry lingers gently in the background. Velvety textures concludes this blaze of glory.


TASTE: Time is required to arouse these complex, attractive flavours on the palate - just like a fine wine it begins to assert itself. Round and mellow. Silky, soft tones dance on the tongue - each step echoes the excellence of this blend. Every individual malt and grain whisky displays a perfect balance throughout - age has moulded this quality blend into a rare masterpiece.


Whyte & Mackay 22 Years Old 

Rare Edition Blended Scotch Whisky


COLOUR: Deep rich mahogany. Clean and clear.


NOSE: The aroma is immediate as the majestic malty tones drift around the mouth of the glass. Elegant and refined with just a hint of oak rising in the background. A gentle softness lingers throughout the spirit. Velvet and smooth. The long years in wood have moulded these Malts and Grains into perfect harmony.


TASTE: The nose is reflected on the taste - no bitterness or sharpness, just a rich fleshy body with a positive full flavour which drifts long on the tongue. The hand of time has fashioned this blend into a class of its own and to appreciate this high quality, it must be sipped and savoured. A good even balance prevails, which results in a classic finish, long and deep,

with the Malts maintaining their presence almost indefinitely.


Whyte & Mackay 30 Years Old

Oldest Aged Blended Scotch Whisky


COLOUR: Bright, golden mahogany.


NOSE: Deep and mellow. The sherry wood exposes itself immediately. Hearty and grand. The weight of the Speyside Malts linger in graceful harmony.


TASTE: A classic refined flavour brought about by its many years in wood. A blend of this age must be drunk with respect - slow, not hurried. Each flavour must be given time to reveal its many fine qualities - rich and mellow, elegant and distinguished. All these excellent attributes are captured on the tongue leaving the palate rewarded and satisfied.

It takes 30 long years to create this masterpiece but only seconds to recognise its outstanding quality.


Whyte & Mackay Blended Whisky Awards


Whyte & Mackay 40 Years Old

Gold medal winner at International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in 2009


Whyte & Mackay 30 Years Old

Gold Best in Class winner at IWSC 2008 and 2009


Whyte & Mackay 22 Years Old

Silver Best in Class winner at IWSC 2009


Whyte & Mackay 19 Years Old

Triple Gold Best in Class winner at IWSC 2006, 2007 and 2009


Whyte & Mackay 13 Years Old

Gold medal winner at International Spirit Competition (ISC) 2008

and Silver Best in Class winner at IWSC 2009


Whyte & Mackay Special

Silver medal winner at IWSC 2008 and 2009

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