Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Whyte & Mackay (W&M)
Bottling serie
Matt Black Bottle
Stated Age
30 years old
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Oldest - Blended Scotch Whisky
Added on
21 Mar 2014 7:08 pm by MasonBones

Average value

€ 347.91

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50 × member ratings

65 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Whyte & Mackay 30-year-old W&M

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.02 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2020] Tonight I am in the mood for an easy dram and such an old blend seems to be the perfect fit on a warm indian summer night...

    ...which is an easy quaffable dram with both a fine nose and taste but a rather weak mouthfeel and finish, to be honest. It seems to be composed of a bigger share of grain whisky and the malts could not compensate their lack of texture, sadly. Nonetheless, such blends are designed just to be drunk without a lot of prior explorations of the dram and in that sense it works fine.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is russetmuscat so it seems to be a higher proportion of sherry cask maturations in this blend (or caramel). The nose offers a smooth and balanced set of a lot of different aromas among them sherry impressions but a significant amount of grain whisky notes too - maybe the grain matured in sherry casks which could well be. It is hard to catch and name single aromas because all are closely interwoven in this mix but I do not mind as long as it is that delicate. A fine composition, no doubt.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste reflects even more sherry-driven flavours than the nose while the grainy notes are not that present, both are to my liking. Again, it is hard to catch any single flavour because all intermingle in this blend. Actually, forget about investigations and simply enjoy this dram - that is why blends are created, as simple as that.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The dram arrives warming but with a neglectable coating effect only on the palate without distracting moments. Accordingly, the finish is rather short and turns a little drying towards the ends. The nose and taste were pretty nice but this finish is underwhelming, sadly. Water is not recommended because this dram flattens quickly.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Whyte & Mackay 30 year 40%

    N: A good wallop of sherry sweetness (raisin, fig, dates, cherry) A good dose of grain as well, I would guess it’s 50/50 grain to sherry matured whisky. Notes of pipe tobacco, vanilla and leather. A bit of smoke on the empty glass.

    P: Soft, dark chocolate, sticky toffee pudding, salted caramel, orange zest

    F: Short and flat. Chocolate syrup, spice, candied orange, allspice, cherry.

    Notes: A decent blend and easy to quaff. Not very complex, but it’s tasty. Funnily enough I actually think the grain whisky lifts up the flat malt here. It feels like the malt fell below 40% and old grain at high abv came to the rescue. Just a guess. Lots of chocolatey notes with hints of leather and cherry. I paid $200 Canadian a few years ago. It drinks better than 40%.


  3. MGHOW scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Hmmm. This is rich and fruity indeed, however for me the sherry veers just on the edge of slightly OTT, there's a point at which what you're drinking no longer tastes like whisky but 40 percent alcohol sherry, which might be just what some people are looking for. In that respect it reminds me of the Macallan vintage Sherry Oak 18 year old which I found overdosed on sherry as well.

    Also the relatively high percentage of grain alcohol gives this whisky a strange sort of black hole which fills the mouth but doesn't really fill it with anything particularly distinct. Also a tad drying on the finish. Much too dry in fact, at least for me. Not bad....but not better than Johnnie Walker Blue label for instance which would share the same price-range.

    After opening the black hole of bland oily grain whisky actually disappears...as does the dry puckering finish....the two things I really didn't like, but in return it just flat-lines as a whisky and tastes like old sherry and I'm not sure I'm really that interested in sherry saturated whisky and without the dry finish it doesn't really have a finish at all.

    I figured out why the bottle  is black, because the whisky inside is dark brown and almost oxidised. It might give away somewhat the potentially overdone nature of this whisky.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. MasterOfPuppets scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    That's a really good blend. Significantly fuller and more interesting than the JW Blue label.
    • Nose
      Red fruits (cherry), light smoke, mace, pumice, a hint of black pepper, milk chocolate
    • Taste
      Some smoke, spicy, cherry, some pepper, slightly malty
    • Finish
      Medium long and spicy

  5. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very tasty, he has what you expect at the age, some would probably bring some malt more intense, but here was composed harmoniously and the result is still interesting (and not just tasty to boring). The only 40% are also not on or do not let it look too thin, that fits. Price (~ 200) OK? Can I guess bad in the area, but at least I have no outside-hui-innen-pfui-feeling.
    • Nose
      sweet, mild-spicy (some pepper, ginger), raisins, ripe cherries, plums, shriveled, red apples ... after a while leather, a touch Maggi
    • Taste
      For 40% very full-bodied, pleasant creamy-velvety mouthfeel, sweet, milk chocolate, forest honey, the oak bitterness is restrained, slightly spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg), somewhat old leather chair
    • Finish
      I'll say "three quarter length", and here comes barrel / age again, spicy sharpness, leather, tobacco and another idea Maggi

  6. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I had it as a blind and even though I was quite certain it was an old malt whisky there was some grain whisky on the nose in the empty glass that reminded me of some younger spirit. A bit too soft in my opinion but otherwise a really good dram. Is it worth almost 200€? Well....not for me. A huge thanks to my buddy Lars Cederbro for the sample.

    (Rating interval 85-88)
    • Nose
      Initially closed but after 10-15 minutes in the glass it opens up really nice and becomes very rich. Subtle spice, black pepper, cloves and nutmeg. Creamy malt, not much grain on the nose in my opinion. Bitter honey and chestnut as well as red apples appear after a while and prunes, raisins and toffee after a drop of water and 10 more minutes in the glass.  
    • Taste
      Very gentle arrival, again subtle spices with nutmeg and oak on the development, followed by vanilla, bitter honey and toffee. Water brings some sour peppery notes and unripe berries.
    • Finish
      The finish is dominated by the spices from the palate but also cinnamon stick could be recognized here. A sweet and sour note is also very palpable after a few seconds, I am thinking sweet raisins meeting sour unripe berries again. 

  7. Maltmaniac72 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose : Barely conceived, I get the impression of having balsamic vinegar in the glass. But then it is fruity (cherries, jam) and sweet. Acidified yellow fruits (Grape) covered in dark aromas (dried fruit, plums, raisins). Also a bit woody, smoky, spicy (ginger). Body : many streaks, indicating a noticeable viscosity. Taste : No deep, heavy taste. Very light, yet full-bodied, sweet and creamy. Woody, herbaceous / spicy (nutmeg) in the back. Fruit flavors are also present here (cassis, currant, forest fruit, cranberries). Well blended. Finish : Long, sweet, dry, not warming, but persistent. Creamy in the finish. Conclusion : There are certainly better 30-year-old whiskeys, so you do not necessarily have to resort to this. Overall, very balanced, but just missing that certain something. It's not the goal of a blend. Points : 85


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