Whyte & Mackay

The Blends

Most distillers settle for one maturation, only Whyte & Mackay is double matured to
ensure a beautifully balanced blend. First, the single malts are “married” together and
held in sherry butts for several months. Then this ‘vatted malt’ is mixed with up to six
different grain whiskies and returned to another set of sherry butts to mature until
perfection. This unique process not only guarantees a smooth, mellow and distinctive
character but more importantly guarantees consistency, accounting for every drop of
Whyte & Mackay tasting as good as the first. Whilst the basic ingredients are simple –
malted barley, yeast, pure spring water – it is the award winning Master Blender, Richard
Paterson’s skill and the care taken throughout the long period of double maturation that
makes Whyte & Mackay “special”.

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Whyte & Mackay Special

This is the key to the blend’s success - time allows the aged malts to amalgamate and harmonise. The ‘vatted malt or blended malt’, as it is now known, is held in sherry butts and left for several months during its first marriage. Once again time is called upon. The blended malt is then mixed with six different grain whiskies and returned to another set of sherry butts to complete its second stage of maturation before it is finally bottled.

taste: By allowing the double married blend to drift over the tongue, the warmth of the mouth releases additional flavours - honeyed soft fruits arise in profusion. Seductively smooth, rich tones assert their influence in the background before giving way to a pleasing warm aftertaste which lingers long in the mouth.

colour: Rich, golden highlights.

nose: Full and round with a silky spectrum of soft nuances which are displayed immediately. An impeccable balance prevails with no individual malt or grain whisky predominating. The Double Marriage process of the 41 constituent parts has assured a lasting union - a perfect marriage.

This exceptional blend is a true reflection of its founders’ exacting standards.



Whyte & Mackay 13 Years Old

13 Year Old Aged Blended Scotch Whisky

The secret of the rich, rounded taste of the thirteen is in the unique Double Marriage maturation process. At 12 years old, when other producers bottle their aged blends, Whyte & Mackay’s Master Blender brings together the finest malt whiskies, then returns them to sherry casks to marry for another year – a loving union. At 13 years old the second marriage takes place, when the finest grain whiskies are introduced to this blend of malts to create the masterpiece that is the thirteen.

colour: Radiant, golden highlights - shimmering bright.

nose: A firm, rich bouquet. Mellow and full. A slight hint of wood can just be detected. Polished and elegant - not overpowering - the spirit rises gently to reveal its long age in wood. Some round sherry wood tones are also apparent giving it a distinguished graceful smoothness.

taste: Great backbone. Plenty of meat and flesh dominates the tongue at first, before releasing its many exquisite flavours - each one working in perfect harmony. What a difference a year makes.

Whyte & Mackay 30 Years Old

30 Years Old Aged Blended Scotch Whisky

It takes 30 long years to create this masterpiece but only seconds to recognise its outstanding quality.

COLOUR: Bright, golden mahogany.

NOSE: Deep and mellow. The sherry wood exposes itself immediately. Hearty and grand, the weight of the Speyside malts lingers in graceful harmony.

TASTE: A classic refined flavour brought about by its many years in wood. A blend of this age must be drunk with respect - slow, not hurried. Each flavour must be given time to reveal its many fine qualities - rich and mellow, elegant and distinguished. All these excellent attributes are captured on the tongue leaving the palate rewarded and satisfied.