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.