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.