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Whyte and Mackay Special Blended Scotch Whisky

(70cl, 40.0%)
Whyte and Mackay Special Blended Scotch Whisky
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(66 Reviews)
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Whyte and Mackay Bottling Note

A classic blend made up of 41 different whiskies. Whyte and Mackay special is a great mixer.

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User Reviews of the Whyte and Mackay Special Blended Scotch Whisky

Cheap and surprisingly pleasant

I like my Scotch smooth (Glenlivet) but I also like a bargain, and this is so cheap in some stores that it's a steal. Not going to excite your taste buds on fire but not going to burn them either - light, smooth and slightly sweet to my palate.

14th October 2016


The best

24th September 2016

"The Nose"

Decent blend. Good fudgie sherry, great mouth feel. A bit of a malt vinegar note down the middle. Likely a few sour sherry cask whiskies use. But overall well blended.

24th September 2016


Remarkably good for a blend, strong full flavoured,sherry,Christmas cake flavour, rough around the edges, long aftertaste, not bad at all compared to most of the cheap or actually not so cheap supermarket single malts. It's not a Dalmore or Glenfarclas 15 but it's not bad, s a working man's drink.Good.

27th June 2016

Great entry level scotch

Amazing value for money at only 18nzd at duty free, very robust sherry influenced blend with strong raisin and fruit cake notes. It's defiantly no "the thirteen" or 19yo old luxury Whyte and Mackay but very enjoyable

20th June 2016

Very good

Very good.. very easy smooth to drink..and getting super mood
.thanks whyte

27th May 2016


Its sweetness is balanced with good malt. Its almost like a bourbon. Definately speyside flavours over highland flavours. An extremely easy to drink whiskey that should please most palates. I normally drink single malts, but this is just devine

15th May 2016

top stuff

this is top stuff had a bottle smooth as silk no burn whoever says this is junk must go drink jeyes blue

29th April 2016

top gun

This whiskey is tops slides down your throat like silk no burn on the throat not like other rotgut whiskies.

12th April 2016

It's serious business drinking this....

I am a fledgling fan of both Scotch whisky and Richard Paterson. I've heard about the W&M and I was eager to give it a try. Since rumours have it, that Dalmore and Fettercairn contribute strongly to this blend (obviously in character, not volume) I had some preconceptions, which were completely wrong. Both of those malts are oily, strong, mouth coating and have a heavy sweet taste. Think soggy, rich Christmas Pudding... This blend is nothing like that. It's a mans mans whisky. It is oily and strong alright, but personally I didn't find any of the sweetness and dessert qualities of either Dalmore or a good Fior. Think of this whisky as a burly Scot with thick forearms and a thick accent. A bit brutal, a bit rough around the edges but very friendly and honest. Very good fella to have in a dark alleyway. This is of course more an observation, than a criticism, but be aware of what you're getting up to. It is also excellently priced. Recommend. I admit I have never tried Teachers or Grants and I don't like the beer like, hop and malt scent and aftertaste of Bells.

9th March 2016

obviously down to personal taste

of blended whiskies this is the top of my list, Grants will come second; anything else gets ginger.
don't defile it with water or mixer.
"overhyped junk" - HA! get a life.
to reiterate down to personal taste and definitely worth exploring

6th February 2016

Not great, not terrible.

Cheap and inoffensive blend. Better than Bells.

31st December 2015

Whyte and Mackay not Scotch but it's Scotishhhhhh

I can't understand peoples complaints about this Whiskey and as for not as good as Teachers or Grants. it's a blend and always on the supermarket shelf and often on discount. It is a good drop and equal to any low priced supermarket booze. I am a Speyside man but I will pick up Whyte and Mackay when the litre bottle in on offer and I would not choose Grants Or Teachers when Whyte and Mackay is on the shelf .

30th December 2015


What a bloody good blended Scotch. Absolutely smooth and easy drink

27th December 2015

OK with mixer..

...otherwise one of the rougher blends. Not a patch on quality blends like Teachers or even the likes of Grants/Bells. Mixed this with soda water mainly, tried a few straight, pretty hard going.

30th November 2015

Fine for a store cupboard staple.

If money were no object I'd drink single malt all the time, but I can only afford to drink a blended whiskey regularly. I have alwaysbeen a fan of Famous Grouse, which is amazingly good for a blended - it's what I buy always. But this was on offer today for £12 so I gave it a whirl. Not bad, better than expected - tastes a bit like Jamesons. I have it neat, one cube, totally palletable, will be fine mixed no doubt and quite quaffable. I can't stand Teachers, Bells or Grants, this is better by far than those three - but if you want an always excellent blended - get on the Grouse.

29th October 2015

Johnny B

I quite like it, I prefer it to Grouse but I prefer Grants when it comes to blended. I will buy it again cos it's better than most blends.

30th September 2015

Mr Vyvyan Thomas

Like your whisky

30th September 2015

a nice surprise

looking for an inexpensive blended scotch that tastes great? this is it

13th September 2015

allan stephenson

just perfect

13th September 2015


I purchased a bottle of whyte and mackay triple matured whisky and found it excellent not rough very smooth and rich in flavour will be buying this product again well done

26th July 2015

Not for the neat...

Bought a bottle of this on the advice of an acquaintance. I am more of a single malt drinker; however, I like to sample more affordable, blended options as an alternative for an everyday beverage.

Whyte and MacKay was brilliant value, but as a neat drink it initially resembles (in my mind) a swig of turpentine! (Sorry to those who truly enjoy this product!) For my palette, a bit of spring water or even a small ice cube seems to assist the 'drinkability' of this product. It is still better than some of the other entry level blended scotches I've bought, but the initial slap of sweet, burnt caramel was a bit of a turn off. The finish was better, leaving less after-taste than a number of other bottles out there. (It took more than a couple of ounces to prime my palette to appreciate it.)

I'm headed back to the the shop to pay a few extra dollars to find something a little smoother. Cheers to all!

28th June 2015

whyte and mackay

I like this whyte and mackay whisky very much. Two years back i afraid as i cont live without wwhyte and mackay. I was deeply felt in love with this brand.

25th June 2015

not bad

I'm a lagavulin drinker. And this is a pretty good blend. I'd buy it again

11th June 2015

Special gone it seems

Special was a decent everyday drinkable whisky. Bought a bottle with new label and noticed that the word Special was missing. When I tasted it it was terrible, like a watered down, bland tasteless blend. Seems to be trying to attract the younger drinker at the expense of the regular drinkers. Will change brand now.

26th May 2015

Overhyped junk! Maybe good for cleaning windows???

Wow, this stuff is garbage. Whyte & McKay's imperious, pompous "mixologist", Richard Paterson, is a disgrace to his own company for producing such dreck. The way he waxes poetic over his "meticulous blend selections", and the "double marriage" process used while making this stuff makes me wretch. While on the nose I actually get barley sugar, molasses, bees wax, pears and other fresh fruits, the taste is a complete and utter failure of dichotomy; bitter, sour, salty, characterless crap. There really is absolutely nothing to grasp on to with the indistinct flavor of this "whisky". Just no character whatsoever other than adjectives I used above. What's even worse is the finish leaves and aftertaste like I licked the bottom of a crusty old ashtray. I shake my head in sadness when I think of how many people might have been turned off of scotch by their first experience with this stuff. When you look up the word "fail" in the whisky dictionary, there is a depiction of the Whyte & McKay bottle rendered in Crayon next to it. A word to the initiated: THERE ARE MUCH BETTER BLENDS THAN THIS GARBAGE!!! 'Nuff said.

25th May 2015

Mr Willie O'Kane

Very decent whisky for the price. Smooth and sweet, with no oily overtones. Not as good as Chivas Regal but as good as any Johnny Walker, Dewars, JB etc. I am no expert but I can enjoy a glass of this with spring water anytime.

15th May 2015

The benchmark

When you have learned to appreciate fine whisky you will quickly realize that as far as blends go in this price level, if you think Johnnie Black is the benchmark then this exquisite blend just blew them right out of the water! This said I am a sherry cask lover...

16th April 2015

Dismal Stuff

An acquired taste? - The trouble is I just cannot acquire it. It's a rough as they get from Scotland.

12th April 2015


Not good. Needs a lot of water to be even tolerable. Sickeningly sweet.

30th March 2015

Better than most blends.

have been drinking blends for years and this is one of my favourites (I can only afford Balvinnie once a year). It sounds as though the last reviewer has been given a bottle of Delhi special brew made from sugar in the forgery factories of India.

8th March 2015

Low quality alcoholic caramel.

I generally drink blends as I unfortunately can not afford single malts, so I am not comparing this with an expensive whisky. I was given a bottle of this for Christmas and I had to give it away to a friend. The aroma is heavy molasses/treacle/burnt sugar. The taste is not much different. tastes like sugar syrup with some alcohol added to it. VERY sickly sweet, no other flavours discernable, just pure burnt sugar.
If you like whisky that is cloyingly sweet and has no other flavours then this is the one for you. There are some far better blends out there,even Famous grouse is ten times more potable than this travesty of a whisky. With a good measure of spring water it is drinkable but has no taste at all beyond synthetic caramel.

4th March 2015

whyte and mackay

The nicest whisky I have ever drank

26th February 2015


I think single malts are basically a con, their superiority is a myth and a decent blended whisky can offer just as rewarding an experience. Whyte and Mackay is certainly a rewarding drink - smooth with an hint of caramel and a dark rustic flavour. I like this one. Like it a lot. Very good indeed.

16th February 2015

Not too shabby

My favorite blended scotch, but you need to let it sit for a couple of minutes after pouring. Right after pouring it has an almost tequila-like taste/smell. After a couple minutes it will mellow out and be delicious!

15th February 2015

Surprisingly good

I wasn't expecting very much of this but it's not at all bad. It's quite drinkable & smooth. Excellent for the price.

11th February 2015

Each to there own!!!

I have read all the comments, peoples opinions are just that, opinions. If I had the funds to drink my favourite Single Malt then I would, I have not, so as this whisky is not in direct competition with the Singles, my rating is in respect to the Blended category.

This is my favourite Whisky, and for me, beats all blended whiskies at this level hands down, a great flavour, smooth, and a lovely colour, I have drank this brand for well over 20 years and although I try many other brands, I always go back to Whyte and Mackay.

4th February 2015

a very nice drink

I love this wisky for a blend nice smooth flavour with a hint of toffee this is one of my favorite blends good value. .. but still prefer a single malt

9th January 2015


Realmente es un Scotch muy agradable y con personalidad.
Se deja beber muy bein y es fuerte sin afectar la sensibilidad del paladar.
Roberto Mezzera

19th December 2014

Good but I haven't delved far into Whisky yet

At 20 the whisky's I come into contact with most are JD, Bells, Grants, Grouse and recently Whyte and Mackay. This is my favourite and I like to drink it on the rocks. Nice flavour, I like the sweetness and does go well with a mixer. My rating is not based on value as Whisky, like wine, is probably not something you should be cheap with. So the Value of it is another bonus.

6th December 2014

Best value blended by far

Pound for pound this is a real winner. Buttery toffee overtones ring throughout. Very smooth and very moreish.

29th November 2014

not bad

smooth taste, floral sweet nose recommend who loves blended whisky
quality blend, but not great for my opinion.

28th October 2014

Mr Jim Souter

I have just tryed my first nip of Whyte & Mackay yesterday in my local pub it was absolutely superb will definitely be buying a bottle was surprised it was so good for a blended whisky.

26th October 2014

Smooth and secretly sweetish

Got a bottle for my 70th. I was well pleased and surprised by its smoothness. Selfishly, its too good to share!

23rd October 2014

mmmm like it

Wow, for a blended whisky this is very good indeed. My wife got it for me as it was on offer £15,I had asked for Monkey shoulder but they had sold out I was disappointed but then I poured a glass and I always drink my whiskey straight no ice no water. I was pleased. Much nicer than Grouse not quite as good as Chivas but for the price FANTASTIC, I AM NOT A WHISKY EXPERT, I will buy this again and again.

18th October 2014


Have just been given a bottle as a gift - certainly doesn't taste cheap I picked all those noted comments re treacle/toffee background but found the spirit hit a bit peppery not unpleasant though would certainly buy a bottle

2nd October 2014

clive m.wilson

not another whisky to equal it very smooth

18th September 2014


A very nice sweet whiskey,,have been drinking it for the past 13 years regularly,,it's always aromatic as usual,,like the toffee caramel notes,,it's smooth with a real kick

10th September 2014

21 Year Old

I drank W&M 21 Year Old Scotch, when I could find it, for many years. then about 7 years ago it disappeared!!! It was distributed, in the U.S.A by Dennis and Huppert. I use to buy it by the case. What have you done with it??? Is it available in the U.S.A.?
Roger Collinson.

2nd September 2014

Not too shabby, but nothing special either

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

Smooth only..

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

Very smooth & tast like a single malt

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 !!

29th June 2014

I forgot how good this stuff is !!

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

Try It

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

Best of the Bunch

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

1st April 2014

Paint stripper with a different colour

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

whisky lover

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

strangest smelling whisky i've ever drank

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

raffle win

Hey it isn't bad, tastes even better when you win it on a raffle. Thanks Mrs Graham. Xx

2nd February 2014

Value Proposition

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

A good blend

My favourite good value blended whisky apart from John Powers Gold Label.

7th January 2014

I've had worse

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

Tastes like shit

horrible flavour very bitter.

26th December 2013

silver tounge

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.

Value 10/10
Mixed 7/10
Straight 6/10

21st December 2013

mycket god

helt klart en favorit

12th December 2013

A bargain

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

More to Whisky than Single Malt

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

Sweet and syrupy

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 drink

worst whisky i ever had

16th August 2013

Best of the cheap blends by a country mile

Since discovering it, I buy nothing else.

13th August 2013

More relevance needed.

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

Best whisky in this price tag

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

Not good

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.

30th June 2013

criticize properly

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

What the hell

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

Very nice but strange taste

Nice whisky but tastes like rum

3rd May 2013

Better than expected.

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

For the money - very good value

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

love it

You can't beat it for everyday whiskey.

3rd February 2013

Dont be a single malt snob..

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.

3rd February 2013

As good as can be expected

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

A great "every day" whisky

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

My favourite with diet coke

This is my favourite blended whiskey to have with diet coke, I can't recommend it enough.
Its well worth the money!

15th December 2012

fine for what it costs

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

Inoffensive in a good way.

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

Cheap and delicious

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


26th January 2011

Adot care

Adipoli sadanam

22nd January 2011

No baad !!!!

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

Alcoholic and amateur

Perhaps he is alcoholic, but you are amateur.Whyte and Mackay is blended scotch whisky and not whiskey, man.

8th September 2010

the words of an alcoholic above there

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

A Classic !!!

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

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