Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Stated Age
42 years old
20 yo Finish in Oloroso Sherry Butt
46.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
19-6359 259
Added on
13 Dec 2019 5:39 pm by zholthran
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 299.95

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134 × member ratings

191 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Blended Scotch Whisky 1976 MBl

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.39 points

  1. Noface83 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    76 blend with long-term Oloroso finish - you don't have that in your glass every day.
    First behave a bit in the nose. Lots of oak, cognac notes, raisins and balsamic vinegar. Over time, dry plums, floral grain sweetness, a little nut and dry Oloroso wine sweetness are added. But wood is the dominant factor. The old age is clearly there and the aromas are super deep and interwoven.

    In the mouth then a softer, then more and more spicy approach. Lots of dry sherry notes, walnut and olive oil, thickened grape must and plum, old wood.
    Strangely, the finish comes with a subtle grain note and vanilla before the wood strikes again. Very dry and stimulating saliva with Oloroso Sherry notes, but the finish is dominated by old wood, bitter oak and a little tannic acid. Unfortunately only medium length.

    Really great nose and a sharp aroma profile with real age and still wums. Maybe a little too much wood, but that's a matter of taste. I think the top is a little more exhausting than comparable blends. Stop something challenging for us malt heads. However, it is not a must-have.

  2. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I was not disappointed, in spite of the high grain content it was really delicious and of course a top PLV for a 42 year old whiskey.
    • Nose
      A very large aroma density suits you, the grain influence is there, no question, this typical grainy sweetness resonates, but there is much more, the sherry has made a good impression in the 20 years, dark chocolate, of course also dark fruits, Raisins, the sherry comes rather dry and offers a good counterpart to the grain, a little vinous, spice, in the background peppermint, also cherry, a little tobacco, with a little air there are also orange notes, which then also play right at the front
    • Taste
      starts creamy, sweet with sherry, raisins, chocolate, slightly tart, pleasant, a little oak, but not as much as I would expect after 42 years, with a second sip more wood, also now a little grain, a great mouthfeel, like a delicious one Dessert, no burning, top alcohol, but still enough intensity
    • Finish
      very creamy, a lot of dark chocolate, and only here a hint of grain that brings sweetness, but there was more in the nose at the beginning, still dark fruits, invites you to linger

  3. captain_k scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    @ Noface83: Thanks for the great description. But: "However, it is not a must-have." But ... for 1976 vintages already ;-)

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Old and solid, fruity and tart at the same time, a grain portion cannot be denied and gives this bottling a special character. Tastes and thrilled!

    23/23/23/22 (91P)
    • Nose
      Creamy amber shines in the glass, on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter, occasional long and oily "legs" retreat into the glass. Roasted aromas are slightly smoky and malty, the initially dark fruit note intensifies and becomes noticeably sweeter and fruity, a mix of yellow and tropical fruits supported by voluminous alcohol, sugar and vanilla. Apricots and plums, followed by typical grain sweetness with a lot of grain and vanilla, light floral influences with a wonderfully restrained sherry aroma.
    • Taste
      Sweet caramel with dark fruit tones and roasted hazelnuts, lots of pepper with a subtle spiciness on the tongue, zest from old citrus fruits, meadow herbs with dried raisins and dates. The taste is extremely complex, fruity with a floral touch and an unmistakable grain aroma. After a few moments the sweet fruity note fades and dark, tart fruity notes emerge. Sour cherries, currants, meadow herbs, spicy wood tones with a nutty aftertaste.
    • Finish
      The intense fruit aromas stick to the palate for a long time to be cozy and warm and end up tart on the tongue after a while. Creamy, sweet and tart at the same time, spicy with muted fruit aromas, now and then sour fruit aromas appear.

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A lovely bottling, to be sure, but the high proportion of grain makes it more mellow and soft than I like my +200 € bottles to be. Simply too expensive to nonchalantly sip it as it is inviting you to...
    • Nose
      88 88
      Less intrusively grainy on the nose than the 1980/2019 Blended Scotch from Elixir Distillers (WID 136057), which I'm comparing this with, though the grain is unmistakably there. Warm wood up front, and the long-term sherry finish is also making its presence felt. Roasted and candied nuts, caramel, honey, milk chocolate: it's sweet for sure, and very lush and "creamy". However, it's the kind of nose that invites you to (come on and) take the first sip (already), not one that urges you to keep smelling it in order to plumb all its hidden depths. Nice enough, and obviously old, yes, but also very mild and smooth.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Super soft and syrupy arrival; the grain provides a very creamy and lush mouthfeel. Starts sweet and fruity, then the oak comes in, with a nice peppery touch and dark, charcoal notes that morph into high-cocoa-content chocolate and coffee aromas. I feel like I‘m getting the Ben Nevis influence at the very end, which is fun. Goes down like a good, low-strength cognac: very fruity and sweet with no burn at all. Again, very mellow and understated, perhaps even a bit too much so for the dyed-in-the-wool malt snob, who may also wish for a longer and more pronounced development on the palate. The succession of flavors is lovely, but also kind of swift. For around 250 € a bottle, you're left wishing the experience would be longer.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Maple syrup, icing sugar, honey, almond paste, sweetened coconut milk. In a word: creamy. Long, but when taking the age into account, it's not very well-defined, becoming vague (for lack of a better word) pretty quickly.

  6. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Creamy-fruity, sweet, spicy, the tree is also noticeable, but nice 23-23-22-22

  7. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Intense & Waxy
    This blend has remained under the radar a bit I think, for it is still available. Admittedly, 300 EUR is not cheap, but when you know that all components are from 1976 and matured for at least 42 years, almost half of that on oloroso sherry butts, then it seems quite reasonable. And it’s very good too! It consists of the following malts and grain: Ben Nevis, Clynelish, Teaninich, Macduff, Dailuaine and Invergordon.

    The nose is soft and accessible and I must admit that I smell mostly the grain, but that doesn’t bother me. Raisin, banana, pencil shavings, peach, cherry and tobacco. It quickly turns a little creamy and softly seasoned. I even get some dessert wine on the nose, followed by orange liqueur. This is very pleasant.

    The arrival is honeysweet and quite intense flavor wise, nicely waxy and a tad piquant on cloves. The fruit from the nose returns, while the oak adds a bitterness without dominating. This is pretty lovely after 42 years of maturation.

    While the finish starts juicy and adds some dark chocolate, it slowly turns dry, but far too late to crash this party.

    Exceptional blend that was finished on great wood… if you can call that a finish. That’s more a second maturation, wouldn’t you agree? Anyway: top dram!

  8. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    -Blind tasting-
    A very nice whiskey - or is it rather whiskey? Whether the fact that it looks very similar to some Irish over 20s in its selection of flavors, I would want to locate its origin on the green island.
    • Nose
      A sweet and grainy greeting to the nose. Warmed marshmallows, caramel-cream candies, toffee, cookie dough. Banana, mango and passion fruit - with its fruity note reminiscent of an old Irishman, especially since a very pleasant flavor comes after a while.
    • Taste
      Dry and spicy start, not too strong. Immediately the tropical fruits again, here now mixed with pepper, nutmeg, thyme and cardamom to create a spicy fruit compote. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, freshly ground coffee beans. Also on the tongue with a grainy sweetness. A hint of sugar beet syrup.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Not too dry, but still with a good portion of wood on the way. Here the fruits, there the spices, a beautiful, long interplay of flavors.

  9. Doppelpass scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Good dram - certainly not a must-have

  10. Marc1976 scored this whisky 73 points Member Junior

    Very pleasant on the nose but unfortunate for me the taste was disappointing. Very watery, bitter aftertaste and also sour. I expected allot from this whisky but i honestly must say i have tasted better whisky’s from the Maltman.


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