Whyte & MacKay 30yo (40%, OB, +/- 2009) – Scotch Whisky Review & Tasting Note


Whyte & MacKay 30yo (40%, OB, +/- 2009)

The Best Blended Whisky at the International Spirit’s Challenge 2009 and on the 26th of November it will also be receiving the William Grant Independence Trophy for Best Blended Scotch Whisky. Let’s see what all the fuss is about (splendid packaging too!). The nose is at first quite closed but after a minute is opens up very nicely with dark dried fruit (think of raisins, prunes and black currents), some further sweetness, oaky dry notes, leather and Christmas cake. After a few minutes is evolves some more revealing cocoa and coffee. A nose of an aged single malt interestingly. The taste quite gentle at first and very earthy, think of a damp earth floor followed by some sweetness wonderfully intermingled with the leather, warm brown sugar and dry oakiness. There is also some of the Christmas cake along with some brown sugar and some slight hints of malt. What a lovely taste. After a short while some bitter chocolate arrives and it’s still quite lovely. The finish is warming, long and goes from sweet to dry to tobacco and back to dry along with the dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa. Some new information; the finish is actually exceedingly long and is superb.

Two Awards? If Whisky Intelligence gave Awards this whisky would earn a third.


Score 91 Points



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