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Whisky Reviews for Whyte & Mackay Blended Scotch Whisky W&M
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 73.88 points
- Whyte & Mackay blended Scotch whisky. Had a 35ml dram in Imperial Bar Glasgow, April 2019. Aroma is very caramel and butter, very grain whisky, thin apple and estery melon. Hmm smells cheap! Taste is light and fudgey, very very fudgey and buttery. Liquid alcoholic fudge. So 'sweet', and it's just so thin. Very easy to drink but it's really not good at all to be honest. Not suitable for consuming neat. Softest smoke comes out over time. All BSWs are grain dominant, but this one must be 85% young estery grain whisky. Not a very enjoyable experience at all. I'll not be coming back to this. 1.85/46
- Appearance: Deep orange-amber.
Nose: Estery, stone fruits, light peaty phenols, caramel and toffee, dried peach, stewed peach, diesel fuel (only light), walnut, cinnamon, or something like it. This is a unique and pleasant nose. Wax as well.
Palate: Sweet and smooth, oak, wax, dried fruits, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, cardboard, no that’s probably more oak. Very smooth and silky for a blend. Not spiky at all. Light phenolic peat.
Finish: Peppery, cinnamon, honey, vanilla. Nice and balanced.
Overall: This is one of the best budget blends I have tried. Very smooth and balanced, not at all spiky or hot, and while certainly not the most interesting whisky in the work, it has a lot of interest. A fabulous blend for the money, and totally good enough to drink neat.
There’s no shame in reminding ourselves what the majority of distilleries supply or the majority of drinkers buy. There are aged versions but this is W&M’s entry level blend going for around £8 for a half bottle.
N: This offers an array of fruitiness [blueberries/ripe plums/ripe gala melon, a squeeze of clementine juice,..] and nuttiness [almonds/macadamias, pumpkin seeds], as well as a metallic raisin< treacle-sweet cornflake maltiness, butterscotch and some bitter-ish dried herbs & caramel. So far, so good. Seems to display some fair ageing at times too.
T: Its true colours show through immediately. That is, a blend delivering a dry-sweet~bitter caramel-y maltiness that soon turns grassy, resinous and tannic. Tails off where you’d expect some elaboration from a single malt. Water helps to round off the edges, as it often does for many a dram.
F: Short though lingers a tad with a metallic-malty, bitter=sourness, concluding with crumble and cardboard-dry spirity milk of magnesia. It would be of academic interest to try a non-E150 version.
C: Mixed reactions from those I subjected this to blind, though most attempted it with enough graciousness to see some positives. A safe enough choice if budget and options are restricted.
Scores a D-
- Color: Light amber.
Nose: Prunes with smoke, chocolate crumbs with biscuits, peppers, green apples, cognac. [n21]
Taste: Body of medium density, medium oily. Apple sour, a crust of black bread, honey, prunes. [t20]
Finish: medium length, pleasant, warming. Dried fruits, hot pepper, astringency of a green apple. [f18]
Balance: Drink for very clear money, which has very good aromatic and taste qualities. When you open the bottle and fill the glass in the air immediately rises strong spirtuoznost, a kind of insolent, beating in the nose, even at a distance. The first sip heavily gave in the nose, and I made hasty conclusions, setting aside the drink for 10 minutes to the side. When I decided to take a second breath of the fragrance, I simply did not recognize it. Here and a distinct prune, chocolate, sharp pepper with green apples (I would even say a strudel with an apple). Very suddenly for a whiskey of this price range. Taste, just like the smell, only appears a distinct black bread. Pleasant bread. The aftertaste is calm, cozy. A bottle of this drink can be taken calmly as a table drink, with some ordinary feast, and, it is absolutely possible to use it without dilution even to people who do not drink whiskey in its pure form. He is warm, pleasant, you need to give him just a little breathe. I'll definitely take a bottle in case of "unpretentious gatherings", where it will not be appropriate to explain that bandages and ointment are delicious. Cheap, angry, good! [b21]
Score n + t + f + b: 80