Whyte & Mackay 50yo

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Whyte & Mackay have ‘done a Craigellachie’, so to speak, and are giving away all 1,500 bottles of their limited edition 50 year old blended whisky. The blend has been created to celebrate 175 years of the Whyte & Mackay brand, and as with anything Richard ‘The Nose’ Paterson has had his… well… nose in, the maturation regime consists of a smorgasbord of various fortified wine casks. The whisky has been matured in a combination of bourbon barrels, first-fill and second-fill Matusalem sherry butts, Tawny Port pipes and 30-year-old Apostoles sherry butts from Gonzalez Byass. Got that? Good.

Now to the giveaway. On the back of any promotional 70cl or 1 litre bottle of regular Whyte & Mackay blended whisky, you will find a code which you can pop into the brand’s website to be entered into a draw to win one of those bottles of the 50yo. The competition is open until December 31st 2019 and draws will be made on a monthly basis. I had the privilege of tasting this whisky during last night’s #WhyteChristmas Tweet Tasting hosted by The Whisky Wire, and boy, was it something special.

Whyte & Mackay 50yo
1,500 bottles
44.6% ABV

Nose: Oh so rich, dark, and enticing. Morello cherries, molasses, liquorice, star anise, coffee grounds, Chesterfield Wingbacks, antique furniture, mulchy forest floor, damp shrubbery, pine cones, glazed walnuts, cinnamon stick, dark chocolate, prune juice, sticky dates… I could go on…

Palate: Starts a little drier, with dry leather, tea chest, struck match, and copper coins. Then the sweetness comes through, with dark treacle, blackcurrants, brambles, more morello cherries, cola cubes, dunnage warehouse, and vintage sweet vermouth. Massive and concentrated.

Finish: Lingering baking spices, dried fruit mix, and thick, chewy oak.

Overall: A monster of a whisky – those sherry casks really take control and deliver one helluva punch. The nose is fantastic, full of rich fruits and earthy spices. The palate errs on the sulphury side of things at the start, what with those copper coins and struck match notes, but then those dark fruits come back with a vengeance to redeem things along with firm oak and baking spices. For those who love heavily sherried whisky, this is right up your street, and for the price of a bottle of entry level Whyte & Mackay, it could be yours.




  1. I have one, wish i could try it!

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