Whyte & Mackay comes from Glasgow, it was established in 1844 by James Whyte and Charles Mackay. Whyte & Mackay main market is the UK where it has a firm 3% market share. In the whole world it is 26th most sold Scotch Whisky. The company has been sold many times, nowadays it is owned by Emperador from the Philippines. The same company also owns Dalmore, Jura and Tamnavulin distilleries. Dalmore is the distillery which has the most influence of the Whyte & Mackay blend.
Whyte & Mackay blended scotch is triple matured. What it means, is the malt whiskies are first aged on their own. After some time, they are mixed together and matured on ex-sherry casks for a few months. In the end, the aged grain whisky is added and the blend is still aged a few months more on the same sherry casks. It’s a blend of 41 different whiskeys. Whyte & Mackay is sold at a very cheap price, I paid 12.76€ for a 70 cl bottle.
Aroma is very nice; honey, dried fruits, malt and some sherry notes. Taste is sweet and rich, very smooth. The mouthfeel is quite thick and oily. Grain, oak, some fruits, a hint of sweet sherry and caramel.The taste is not very complex, but it’s sweet, smooth and easy to sip. It has a kind of dark rum like molasses or dark sugar aroma, also the colour is very dark compared to other blended scotch. So definitely plenty of sugar colouring has been added. With adding some water the taste goes even smoother and sweeter and the other aromas vanish. So no need to add any water on it.
Taking into account the cheap price it has enough much to offer and it is a very good blend on the price/quality ratio. I like it more than most of the top selling brands and it is recommendable if you are looking for a cheap and decent blended scotch.