Whyte and Mackay 13
The world famous range of blends created by James Whyte and Charles Mackay, founding the company, as they did, in 1844. This is the core bottling, at an unusual 13 years of age.
The nose is quite rich and well-balanced. There are notes of oak and resin, a touch of sherried peels and Oloroso, a little honeyed sweetness. The palate is quite thick with a good mouth feel. There are notes of honey and sherry and a little smoke. The finish is of good length.
not very nice
Good value blend - one to have in the cabinet.
One of the best value blends in the market today. Starts off with a decent nose with rich malty aromas coming through. Rich and robust delivery with good mouth feel, some ripe red fruits and distinct sherry sweetness on the palate. The grain and malt are well integrated with neither dominating. The finish is decent. This was one big surprise for me and I was quick to buy another bottle.
18th April 2015
Whyte & Mckay Thirteen
Alcohol and wood almost kill me at first... this is the worst and cheapest 12 years old "or more"... whisky i ever taste.
2nd June 2014
I’ve never been a big fan of the standard ‘Special’ Whyte & Mackay, don’t get me wrong I’m not a malt snob, I am capable of enjoying a dram of cheap blends but I’ve always thought ‘Special’ is a bit too sweet and has too vague malt character, it is dominated by the young slightly rough grains helped only by a bit of sherry cask influence. This ‘Thirteen’ though is leagues ahead of ‘Special’, the grain whiskies seem to have been smoothed out with the extra time in the casks, the malt character is a bit more pronounced and it has a more clearly defined sherry influence. In my opinion it’s one of the best value whiskies money can buy, anyone that says this is a poor whisky doesn't know what they’re talking about.
26th May 2014
Starts off ok with reasonable malt whiskey aromas & sweet / creamy in the mouth, but the finish is just grain spirit which made me shudder.
Probably just right to finish a heavy evening in a Glasgow boozer. But for me this bottle is going to the back of the cupboard, its barely drinkable.
26th March 2014
Forgot to give this a star rating on my previous post.
31st January 2014
After I tried special, which is actually a nice entry level blend, this tasted like a really cheap armagnac and is obviously dissapointment. Richard Paterson should be ashamed!