Whyte & Mackay Special Blended Scotch Whisky W&M

Overall rating
Whyte & Mackay (W&M)
Bottling serie
Double Marriage Blend
40.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Added on
26 Oct 2014 8:32 am by haubi

Average value

€ 18.90

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Whisky Reviews for Whyte & Mackay Special Blended Scotch Whisky W&M

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 68.47 points

  1. Dre73 scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Not a very remarkable whisky, thin, easy and sweet as you would expect from such a blend.
    But it isn't really thát bad as some reviews below would suggest, certainly not the baddest whisky ever tasted or something like that (these people probably didn't try P&M's Esprit de Corse ;-))
    • Nose
      76 76
      Not very strong, typical thin nose with these starter blends. Fruity, some apples, citrus. Later on a strange smell comes in, a smell of fried chips, deep fried doughnut balls, cooking oil. First time I ever smelled something like this in a whisky...
      Some hints of honey as well.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Not very deep, sweet, soft, a little thin. Vanilla, honey, some caramel and milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      75 75
      A very very far small pepper now, sweet and a little bitter as well. Honey and toffee.

  2. Gareth74 scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    If you have to use the word special, chances are, it isn't.

    There are certain things in marketing that are instant giveaways to the reality of something being at odds with the way it is presented to the punters. Multi-star reviews with the name of the publication so small it can't be read, stellar survey results from survey sample sizes smaller than a football team and then there's the most overused one of them all... using the word 'Special' when the product really, by any single metric, just isn't.

    And here we have one such offender... Whyte & Mackay's Special Blended Scotch Whisky.

    How is this 'special'? I have no idea. It's cheap, but there are whiskies equally as cheap on the bottom shelf. If consumed in large enough volumes it will get you drunk but it goes without saying that this is true of all alcoholic drinks. It is not completely terrible, but this can be said of many similar whiskies (though not all). In short, this is a whisky that does the bare minimum in a very basic and dutifully competent way without once putting even a toe into any category that might somehow, against all hope, single it out as being 'special'.

    Is it bad? No, not at all. it's a drinkable blended whisky in a world of blended whiskies that are and can be infinity better and worse. It has pleasant aspects to the overall character, there's a sweetness and softness that allow it to be sipped and maybe, just maybe allows the drinker to momentarily mull over the palate before being reminded that there's not enough going on to focus the attention. Maybe the kindest thing to say is that it is functional and honest for it.

    This is a drink. Something you consume to enjoy the effects, something that makes a fine mixer. Something that can get you drunk without breaking the bank. This is as cheap as it gets without is being undrinkable. This is many things, none of then exceptional, none of them to be derided, scoffed at or looked down on either, but special is not one of them.

  3. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 36 points Connoisseur

    this is by far the worst whisky i've had...
    i had high hopes for this one, never thought i'd score a dram lower than 50 points but this really breaks down the floor
    • Nose
      similar to the artificial cloudy sweet smell of cheap third world brandy sold for less than $2 a bottle
    • Taste
      a very watered down flavor with a hint of traditional whisky grain and spice
    • Finish
      from bland spicy cardboard to none

  4. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 36 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      10 10
    • Taste
      50 50
    • Finish
      10 10

  5. haubi scored this whisky 59 points Member Senior

    Very disappointing, so no Tastingnote.
    • Nose
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  6. karloff scored this whisky 36 points Specialist

    This is what I would call a top up whisky, one of those ware you would come home from a night out and you fancy a top up before you go to bed. Or for mixing only.
    • Nose
      10 10
    • Taste
      55 55
    • Finish
      15 15

  7. karloff scored this whisky 36 points Specialist

    This was a gift off my mothers neighbour for doing here hedge. Very, very ordinary.
    • Nose
      I was struggling to find anything at all on the nose, I even tried to ad a little water to release the flavours, nothing, plain as anything.
    • Taste
      The taste was something else, it was surprisingly good, a strong grain taste with some mixed red fruit.
    • Finish
      The finish isn't up to much either, just a slightly salty aftertaste.


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