Scotch Whisky - Blended - 2014
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Scotch Whisky - Deluxe Blend - 2013
Scotch Whisky - Blended - 2013
Interesting fact… Whyte and Mackay Special Blended Scotch Whisky spells its name whisky as it originates in Scotland. Had it been produced in America its name would be Whyte and Mackay Special Blended Scotch Whiskey, instead of whisky.
Yes it can be difficult to find decent blends that stand out on their own. The W&M special nose is of caramel and toffee - very nice indeed! However, I didn't find the palate that great, and the finish wasn't something I cherished. With that said, it wasn't unpleasant. It is what it is. A lot of people are reviewing it harshly or well and slating other reviews. My opinion is try it for your self and decide. Leave the trolls and snobs to their opinion war, and make up your own mind.
This site is great for testing all sorts of new malts. Perhaps taking advantage of the samples that this site provides will help you a lot more than some of these reviews can.
14th August 2014
My favourite blended whisky. Usually £13 for 70cl bottle in my local Asda, has recently been on special offer for £12 and is now £12.50 - an absolute bargain!
19th July 2014
Absolutely underwhelmed. I love my single malts and some blends. This whisky is soo boring, it's smooth and that is all, no character, no taste, I definitely prefer a Teachers highland cream, less smooth but lots of taste and character.
29th June 2014
Bought my first bottle in Edinburgh at a whiskey shop. Was looking for a single malt (price). The owner said I picked a scotch that is a real winner as a blended scotch.
I love the strong woody tast & very full body. To me it really taste as if it was a single malt !!
It truly is a winner & very smooth !!
As far as blended whisky goes, you know it's a good one if you can drink it neat !!
I hadn't tasted whisky for 2 years- until tonight
I fancied a change from Spanish beer and remembered I still had a half full litre bottle left- a large bowl glass half filled with ice cold water, swirled around before drinking leaves a nice cold glass with a slight residue of water- a generous tot of poured into the still cold glass tastes like heaven while typing this comment !!
16th May 2014
There's always a bottle of Special in my whisky cabinet. Sometimes I feel like a tipple, but not at the expense of my Glenlivet or Clynelish, and this blend suits that purpose. There's a bit more "fire" in this blend, but it's easy to get used to, and it shines with a small amount of fresh NZ water. Well done, Mr Paterson!
20th April 2014
I would take no notice of the low marks some people have given it.They must be young or mistaken people that have no idea about blended whisky.Its the one blended whisky I would pick before most others.It is for men not boys.It is smooth and has plenty of taste.
1st April 2014
Of whiskys at this price this is the best in my opinion. I think the way the whiskys are blended and then kept in the wood together before bottling add flavour and a quality taste.It is different to the others but I think it is the best.Johnny Norfolk
Probably one of the most vile whisky's that has ever passed my lips. Jura is to the Isle of Jura what Whyte and MacKay is to industrial Glasgow. This brand likened to paint stripper is actually an embarrassment to the whisky world. It's cheap (and nasty) for a very good reason. I wouldn't even recommend it to an old tramp. chances are, they probably drink it. Vile !
30th March 2014
A deeper caramel flavour than many blended malts, but very little range of flavours. although a rich flavour, it soon becomes dull on the tongue. Grants blended scotch provides a much better range of flavour and a smoother finish. Ok for its price, but as I say, Grants is better.5/10 for decent value, but 3/10 overall because there are better out there.
26th February 2014
Well purchased a bottle of this from supermarket & when i opened it the first thing i noticed was the smell !! its unlike any whisky smell i've ever known sort of port/sherry ish very strange . It does taste ok but well i don't think i'll be back for another bottle very quickly.what a pity
20th February 2014
One of the best I ever tested, and it is only the 13 years old.
14th February 2014
Hey it isn't bad, tastes even better when you win it on a raffle. Thanks Mrs Graham. Xx
2nd February 2014
This is one of my favorite entry level scotch. I prefer it much more than JW Red Label, VAT 69 and Haig.
14th January 2014
has to be the word thing to pass my lips , now befor you all start I am by no means a single malt snob as I do like a nice blended dram from time to time but this looks/smells and tastes like piss and is good for only one thing stripping varnish of wood and even then it would do a bad job
12th January 2014
My favourite good value blended whisky apart from John Powers Gold Label.
7th January 2014
I would find this a bit harsh to take neat. It's great to add to some tea. But straight up, it has a hint of paint thinner with some extinguished camp fire ashes.
6th January 2014
Cant believe anyone would like this
31st December 2013
horrible flavour very bitter.
26th December 2013
Its rough... could run a motor on the stuff
23rd December 2013
A good solid drink, just go a litre from Sainsburys for £15. Far better than Bells. Probably the best I have tried in its price bracket.
21st December 2013
helt klart en favorit
12th December 2013
Bought 1L for £17 at Tesco. Good for mixes and a splash of ginger ale. And yes a splash of water is best. Please stop trying to compare Malts against blended whisky. Drink them for what they are....and enjoy!
26th November 2013
cheaf & best
12th November 2013
Do not dismiss blended whisky. Many are very good indeed like this.I prefere Ballantines and BNJ, but this is very good and less money. If you have to put pop in it, dont bother you can find cheaper. Try it with no more than a tea spoon of pure still water.You need an adult palate to enjoy whiskey ie not sweet.
23rd September 2013
This is a sweet, syrupy, fudgy tasting gloop. A really poor dram IMHO. I struggle to take Richard Patterson seriously when he promotes this muck.
14th September 2013
worst whisky i ever had
16th August 2013
Since discovering it, I buy nothing else.
13th August 2013
Can I suggest b4 any of u give your reviews, tell what u've been drinking the last 1-2 years, how often u drink in a week and the time u usually drink it during day/night.
It will help us greatly see if your reviews are applicable or relevant.
12th August 2013
I got it on a discount.. but it is better than lot of whiskies out there in the market in this price range .. 5 star for the price and quality ..
30th June 2013
Whisky's I have tasted and experienced the after effects are, black dog 12/8 years, 100 pipers 12 years, teachers 12 years, taste and after effects of whyte and mackay are very poor when compared to all those I listed... not worth the money paid.
its a lot more better than old cheap whisky...dont judge when you dont know how to drink and enjoy the whisky properly...besides check your pocket if you want an awesome and rare whisky that would satisfy your dry throat...
8th May 2013
This is without doubt the worst drink that I have ever tasted. Its so bad that it would have put me off whisky forever had this been my first drink. Apparently it won an award in San Francisco in 2012. In which category? Was it the only whisky to enter. Try it at your own risk. Even American dry cant kill the dreadful taste ir pong.
3rd May 2013
Nice whisky but tastes like rum
Considering this blend falls in with bells, grants, teachers & grouse, IMO It is better than these other popular brands,usually cheaper too.
11th April 2013
Yes it tastes like it has had a lot of caramel (E150 added) but for the $ it is extremely good value. I actually prefer it to a JW Spice Road I bought at the same time! Way better than JW Red which costs more. Has that W&M stewed tea flavour running through it, with a reasonable malt over/undertone.
4th April 2013
You can't beat it for everyday whiskey.
3rd February 2013
Got to say I have went without for many a year avoiding this blend at my fathers house. This is always in supply at his home. Got to say I'm a dalmore and aberlour A'bunadh man.
So refused to go blends and I have to say what a mistake this is fantastic for price.. sweet toffee and sherry on the nose. On the palette lovely no mouth burn from alcohol just more sherry notes and a little spice. Oh my god I will never be without this in my again defo a rainy day bottle. When no singles in cupboard. 8/10 from me.
I'd rather be drinking something more complex but £13 was all I could afford this month. This is warming and pleasant and uncomplicated before dinner on a very cold night. Sherry and brown sugar. Nice with the almonds I'm nibbling with it. No complaints.
25th January 2013
I love this as an every day whisky that I can enjoy after work. I still enjoy my peaty single malts, but keep them for special occasions when friends are over. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone. I found it smooth with a hint of caramel.
15th December 2012
This is my favourite blended whiskey to have with diet coke, I can't recommend it enough.
Its well worth the money!
I got a bottle on offer for 6 pounds. I didn't expect a fine malt but it was better than expected. I drank it neat and found it to be quite pleasant. Like a warm hug as described above.
13th September 2012
I love Richard Patterson, and his insights into whiskey really energise me into drinking the stuff. So with this bottle on special offer in Tesco I went and got myself a sample of his work. Wow I am unimpressed. How, it is smooth, it is unified and is not disagreeable, but at the same time, there is nothing to write home about. Nothing stands out in the flavour and when you go looking for it, you just met with indistinct nothingness. Save your cash and go for the 13 year at least! However, I have had worse whiskey in my mouth before.
8th July 2012
I like this a lot better than other dirt-cheap blends like JW Red Label. Remarkable value for such little money. Nose it for a while and roll it around your tongue for a good 10 seconds to extract maximum flavors out of this very mild pour.
24th February 2012
A nice blend, nothing special I'll grant you - BUT - mix this 50/50 with Crabbie's Green Ginger Wine and you won't find a nicer Whisky Mac anywhere, highly recommended after a winter walk, warms the cockles.
27th November 2011
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22nd January 2011
Decent for price , Sister in-law got me this for xmas , a lot better than I expected tho ! Will break into a 15 year old single malt Dalwhinnie , when done tho !!!! Looking forward to it n all !!!!
12th January 2011
Perhaps he is alcoholic, but you are amateur.Whyte and Mackay is blended scotch whisky and not whiskey, man.
8th September 2010
what is that guy above on about? whyte and mackay doesn't taste anything like whiskey. its more like thai whiskey than scotch whiskey. houfin!
15th May 2010
Maybe it doesn't have subtle heathery freshness or a strong fruit aroma but it is a reliable, good old friend, giving a warm hug!!!
30th September 2009