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Whyte & Mackay 50-year-old

Overall rating
75.00/100
votes
17
Category
Blend
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
175 year Anniversary Bottling
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
50 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Barrels, Matusalem Oloroso Sherry
Number of bottles
1750
Strength
44.6 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Added on
09 Oct 2019 10:09 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 2926,33

11 × in wishlist

17 × member ratings

20 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Whyte & Mackay 50-year-old

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 75.00 points

  1. thebase did not rate this whisky Super Administrator

    Grow up people.... Never seen such childish behaviour by a group of 40+ year olds...

    Counter ratings are fake ratings as well, we remove accounts without warning for fake rating. Just saying....

    And really sad to see people who don't like the high ratings, as this is affecting the value of Whiskybase; think about your own behaviour please... it is just as bad, maybe worse...

  2. lincolnimp did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This whisky was free to anyone who bought a bottle of Whyte Mackay 1 litre if they entered a draw.
    To enter, participants needed to purchase a promotional 70cl or one-litre bottle of Whyte & Mackay blended Scotch, available from retailers across the UK, and enter the bottle’s unique code into the brand’s website.
    So for a £14 bottle of Scotch you got a chance to win one of 1500 bottles.
    I think it is a real shame that a person gets a quality Scotch for absolutely nothing and still cannot bear to open it.

    So remember if you are considering paying between 1390 euro and 1800 euro for a bottle on this on the secondary market, remember it is a 50cl bottle and remember the bottles were free to the people who got lucky in the raffle.
    None are for sale retail so who decides the selling price?

    I suppose the private sellers offer a bargain compared to the robbing Old & Rae shop who want £4k because its `super rare` LOL.

    At least one has been opened anyway which is always a positive.

  3. rottendon did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I had placed a 50 rating here to counter the bottle flippers on top of the list. One point for each year so to say.

    Well, that escalated quickly which wasn't meant to happen. I simply asked some friends to like lincolnimp's comment so that it would show up on top of the list, above that glorifying nonsense from people who'd like to have their free (!) bottles sold for an arm and a leg.

    But that reaction shows how much trust whiskybase has already lost and how much people are being annoyed by those massive Fake-Ratings. I can still remember when you could at least see a tendency and could trust the people who rated the Whisky to be honest.

    Then came people frustrated to have been cast out in a ballot rating 10 or 20 below. Than came fanboys and haters pushing or devaluing whole distilleries (I. e. Ardbeg) and now whenever any new bottle enters the market, there'll be high 90's ratings to have them sold faster. Even Glenturrets start at 95 and eventually get down to around 90, though 87-88 would be a lot more realistic. (Not that there aren't some excellent Glenturrets out there, but you get the basic idea.)

    Sometimes it's also plain stupidity. Somebody once told me he rates all the whiskies he's got samples of but hasn't tried yet with 100, simply to easier find them in the list. I hope he quit that behavior after I explained to him what it does in the end.

    I have no idea how to turn back time, but it sure is sad to see the attitude of ratings manipulation pervert the whole idea of the whiskybase.

    ...just my 2 cents.

  4. nosferatu68 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    For all the Bottleflippers. Unfortunately, there are too many people for whom the maximum short-term profit is more important than the pleasure for which this whisky is actually made.

  5. old-smokey did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    @ lincolnimp- thank you for the comprehensive explanation

    Rating removed

  6. Scotty_Mcdougal did not rate this whisky Newbie

    I am a bit of a Whyte Mackay fan so maybe biased, my friend passed me his opened bottle of this dram with a 1/4 left. I was not expecting this to be any better than the 40y Mackay but to my surprise this is on another level.. a great dram!.
    Do get one if you can afford it, it's a marvelous whisky, very smooth and deep, mince pie, baked fruit with sherry, you can taste the cask & port. Surprisingly complex but when I read the cask maturation on this whisky it all makes sense, excellent stuff. They need to release this as I was told this was not available through any retailer. Any UK seller of this whisky please contact me to do a deal, I need another one!! I am not interested in overseas sellers as import Duties and VAT are way too high.

  7. Blendmaster_1965 did not rate this whisky Newbie

    One of the best blends I have ever tasted.. no question. I had the fortune of sampling this whisky in July, as a good friend ( insider ) had attended the IWC, this is special, its up there the sample we tasted just wasnt enough, everyone felt the same.

    It will rocket in value believe me with its complex taste and layers of fruit, sherry, apricot, caramel, beautiful, The ‘nose’ really went to work here.

    This whisky will find its own level and I just want to tell anyone who is in possession of this would be crazy to sell for below £1400 at this moment in time. The 40y Whyte Mackay sells for £900+ and it is not on the same level as this whisky. There are some bitter lemons, mainly below wished they had got one but was not fortunate enough, at this age its got to be this blend for me, to find an exceptional single is rare at 50y, get one now before they go stupid price.

    Read the following Reviews:

    https://thewhiskyphiles.com/2019/12/05/whyte-mackay-50-years-old-175th-anniversary/

    https://whiskyunplugged.com/2019/12/14/tasting-notes-whyte-mackay-50-years-old-175th-anniversary/

  8. Wee_Burns scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    This whisky is an absolute must for anyone that loves a deep complex sherried whisky with layers of fruit and flavours, this is best I have tasted, a dream whisky ! and not surprising this whisky won the Gold Outstanding award at the International Wine & spirit Competition 2019.

    The only problem is that you just cant go out and buy bottle as this is only available via resellers and cannot be bought in the shops. This is better than the 30y which in my opinion is the one of the best if not the best blended whisky you can buy.

    It is not surprising how good this whisky is when you see who is behind this beautiful dram, none other than ‘The Nose’ Richard Patterson, who is renowned and unsurpassed in his knowledge of whisky blending.

    On the nose you can smell Deep Fruit, Manuka Honey, Figs, Charred wood, Goes down Baked Banana, Minced Pie, Sherry and port, Spiced Apple, with a long and satisfying Woody & Honey finish this whisky just begs to be drunk and is very moreish, which is a real shame because you know this is a limited whisky and cannot be bought.

    No doubt a lot of these bottles will sit with collectors which is the real shame because this one was made to be drunk without a doubt, this whisky needs to be tasted by a larger audience, it really is that good!

  9. dandan798 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    So many close to 100 ratings by newbies, mostly within one day? Whisky Base, check your integrity!

    I'm sure this bottling is quite good so it's a shame it got caught up in this shitstorm caused by flippers!

    EDIT: Thanks for taking fake ratings seriously WB! I've removed my rating in order to not distort the overall rating and to comply with WB's request.

  10. Wee_Burns scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    So message to the thebase, your words are cheap because you have not taken down the obvious negative ratings of 1 and 2... just saying.

    How are pleople suppose to take this site seriously.. if they ever did.

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