May 162014

Whyte & Mackay 30 Year Old Blended Whisky Tasting Notes (40% ABV)

W&M 30 Year Old Blend

This is a premium blend by Whyte & Mackay, the Glasgow based whisky blender noted both by the colorful Richard Paterson who will kill you if you hold your glass in the palm of your hand, and for changing ownership every five years or so (on average) since 1971. Whyte & Mackay has just been sold (yet again) to the Philippine based Emperador as antitrust regulators have made clear that W&M could not be owned by Diageo, who bought United Spirits of India. Nevertheless, W&M have one of the more significant lines of very aged blends out there (be it the 13, 19, 22 or the 30 year old), a worthy countermeasure to the NAS wave crashing over the whisky world.

Whyte & Mackay 30 Year Old Tasting Notes

Color: Deep mahogany

Nose: Red dry wine (merlot?), sherry (with the requisite raisins and figs), notes of  fresh red apples and pears, some floral notes.

Taste: Sweet and smooth, fruit dominated with malt and the lightest note of non-peaty smoke.

Finish: Almost non existent….down the gullet and gone.


All and all, this is a complex blend which isn’t marred by the very long time spent in oak.

  2 Responses to “One Quick Dram: Whyte & Mackay 30 Year Old Blended Whisky Tasting Notes”

  1. […] I have a strange relationship with Richard Paterson’s work. On the one hand, the man’s a super professional charismatic presentor and a great “face” for whisky. On the other hand, nothing that came out of either Dalmore, Jura or Whyte and Mackay has been able to excite me, and I’ve tasted all core expressions and most of the currently available limited editions of both distilleries (you can see my review of the Jura 21 and the W&M 30). […]

  2. […] General is more than just old blended whisky. I’ve had some old blends (and even reviewed the W&M 30 Year Old), and have never been blown […]

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