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Whyte & Mackay 50 Years Old 175th Anniversary (44.6%, OB, 1,500 Bottles, 2019)

Whyte & Mackay 50 Years Old 175th Anniversary

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 44.6%
  • Age: 50 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB, Whyte & Mackay
  • Category: Blended scotch whisky
  • Cost: £priceless
  • Origin: undisclosed
  • Vintage: undeclared

Whyte Mackay 50 Years Old 175th

What they say

The Glasgow-based blender will give away 1,500 bottles of its Whyte & Mackay Rare 50 Year Old, created to mark the company’s 175th anniversary, as part of a promotional competition. The company said that rather than sell the whisky through retailers, it intended to give the bottles away ‘to thank fans for their loyalty’. Whyte & Mackay Rare 50 Year Old has been matured in a combination of ex-Bourbon barrels, Matusalem oloroso Sherry butts, one Tawny Port pipe and 30-year-old Apostoles Sherry butts. Bottled at 44.6% abv, the whisky is said to contain notes of ‘macerated plums and Manuka honey, along with sticky toffee pudding’.

To enter, participants will need to purchase a promotional 70cl or one-litre bottle of Whyte & Mackay blended Scotch, available from retailers across the UK, and enter the bottle’s unique code into the brand’s website. The competition is open from now until 31 December, with prizes drawn on a monthly basis.

Ruairi Perry, head of blended whisky brands at Whyte & Mackay, said: ‘We’ve been making award winning whisky since 1844 and this expression is, by far, the most complex and amazing blend we’ve ever bottled. ‘It’s extremely rare to find a 50-year-old blended whisky of this calibre – it’s only available to shoppers that enter the competition.’

What I say

Dram #5 of the 2019 #WhyteChristmas twitter tasting from Whyte & Mackay and hosted by Steve @thewhiskywire

A 50 year old blend bottled to celebrate Whyte & Mackay’s 175th anniversary

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark amber brown (17/20), slow, fine tears, bead and taper.
  • Nose: Musty and slightly dusty dunnage warehouse, nutty, walnut, cherry cola bottles, tobacco leaf, fruity rancio, dark, dark chocolate and coffee grounds, sweet and rummy molasses – this is a cigar in a comfy leather armchair by the fire whilst being served figgy pudding covered in dark chocolate sauce!
  • Taste: Blackcurrant and bramble cordial – undiluted, plum jam, maraschino cherries, raisins, dates, figs, candied walnuts, brazil nut, espresso coffee and dark chocolate, so sweet for its age, musty leather bound books on mahogany bookshelves
  • Finish: Long, sweet, woody, dark chocolate, red and black fruits, eventually some woody and herbal tamarind and cardamom

Overall

Incredibly juicy and sweet for a whisky of this age, there is plenty of wood as you’d expect but delivered perfectly. I could have spent hours alone just nosing this one even though the palate was just as supreme.

Score 96/100

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