Single malt whisky - tasting notes

15 May 2013

White & Mackay 19 years ‘Old Luxury’

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Blends

White & Mackay 19 years old is a ‘double marriage’ blend: it was blended and then married together in Matusalem sherry casks. Its components are aged between 19 and 21 years.

 

White & Mackay 19 year oldWhite & Mackay 19 yo ‘Old Luxury’ (40%, OB 2013)

Nose: medium rich, showing malt, buttery toffee and baked apple. Honey and soft spices. Chocolate. All this covered in an elegant sherry blanket. Easy to like, but rather shy, I would have liked it to be more expressive in showing the aromas. Mouth: fairly dry and peppery for a blend. Chocolate and malt again. Some caramel and brown sugar. Just a tiny grain / alcohol bite. Evolves towards bitterish and oaky notes. Finish: long, mostly on oak, chocolate, clove and liquorice.

A decent blend. The sherry finish hides most of the grains so what’s left is a malty, very chocolaty dram with most of its edges rounded off. And a lot of its power taken away. Around € 80.

Score: 80/100

White & Mackay 19 years ‘Old Luxury’ 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-05-15

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