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Whyte & Mackay Light

(70cl, 21.5%)

Whyte & Mackay Light

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Whyte & Mackay Light Bottling Note

Here we have Whyte & Mackay's answer to low ABV tipples. Whyte & Mackay Light is a spirit drink blends together Scotch whisky and sherry before it spent some time in both sherry casks and bourbon barrels. Weighing in at 21.5% ABV, it can be enjoyed over ice or in a longer serve with soda.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Notes of silky caramel, dried fruit and berries with a subtle hint of smoke.

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Whyte & Mackay Light Reviews

Excellent for its niche

It's never going to be a fair comparison to rate a 20% abv whisky alongside a standard one; alcohol is too important to the overall taste and texture.

Until food science advances enough to make a convincing NA whisky, this has a very useful place at the bar for lower-alcohol cocktails. I have enjoyed this in low-abv Boulevardier variations, and in Manhattans/Rob Roys where I wanted an unusual vermouth to be the star. Also useful for when you want the ritual but not the full intoxicating power of a cocktail, like for a greeting-drink with your guests when you haven't really got dinner in hand yet, or to touch up after-dinner coffee when you've already had plenty to drink.

I don't know of many (any?) other products on the market with an in-between-wine-and-spirits abv, that do the same flavour work that this does. That's worthwhile and I'm glad this is available, but it's a distinct product from actual whisky so expectations should be set accordingly.

6th August 2021

Crap. No stars

Absolutely Rubbish. And for what it is definitely overpriced

11th January 2021

Really bad

Terrible tastes like petrol if you are going to blend whiskey with cherry you should use more aged whisky

3rd January 2021



31st December 2020

No ???????????

Why would you dare make a diet whisky👎👎👎😩😩😩😩?????

4th December 2020

Better to drink less of the real stuff


27th November 2020

A bit disappointing as I only really got the smokey taste

The overbearing taste is too smokey. This spoils the experience, I was hoping to find tasty midweek tipple that replicated a taste similar to Mainstream Whyte & Mackay blended.

25th July 2020


This Whisky is a whisky without its punch as in there is no fire ! Very smooth with a woody after taste. I found it to be quite a nice change. It only looses points on its strength but for its price come on this is a little cracker. Lovely price and a lovely drink.

20th July 2020

Pleasant summer drink

A pleasant summer evening drink over ice when you don’t want full strength whisky, I don’t know what the critics want for a bottle under £12! I can recommend if you want something that is a little differ3nt.

12th July 2020

On the whole a good entry level Whiskey to get to the good stuff.

As a Whiskey/scotch drinker if you judge this as a 10+ yo then your not going to like this.
If you want to enter and eventually get to the fine taste of a 10+ year old Scotch, then this is just up your street. Same as the days when a sweet white wine or light larger would do when young.
If your a Scotch drinker your better off adding water to your normal/favourite, 20-25% to your favourite tipple to get a lower proof. I will add to they added a lot of smoke to hide the body so if you don't like the isle then its not for you either, but on the whole a good entry level scotch.

2nd February 2020

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