The extra age has performed a miracle because this is a massive step up from the Special. Not light and grainy like Ballantine's Finest or Bailie Nicol Jarvie, not classy like Johnnie Walker Black Label. What it does have is a mouth filling richness, plenty of spice, hints of vanilla from the oak with a lengthy drying finish. Fuller bodied and more sherried than most at this price, it's a very pleasant drink indeed and good value.
- The Colonel, 29th Apr '13
Compared to the "special" which is the basic Whyte and Mackay bottle this is a step up. Silky smooth and full of flavor. The sherry influence really helps this and if you like a tea finish then this is the blend for you. Worth paying the extra over the special!
- Edward, Staffordshire, UK, 13th Feb '13
Hands-down the best value of the range!
- anonymous, 3rd Aug '12
Got a bottle of this for my birthday recently and got to say for a blended whisky it really is in a class of it's own.
So much so I have now purchased another bottle just to make sure I wasn't imagining it first time around !
- Brian, Stirlingshire, 3rd Jul '12
just bought a bottle for a party wasnt expecting much especially at this price....in my opinion this is better than whiskies 4 times the price an more it is so smooth, yet full of flavour, if you like silky smooth whiskey like Cardhu 12 year and edradour 10 year but want to pay less this is the only port of call
- Zvi S, 21st Dec '11
Mmmmm lovely whisky.. Or should I say nectar of the gods! It is like drinking liquid dates... smooth, fruity and complex. Very moorish, one of my favourite blends this. A fantastic alternative to peaty blends too.
- James, Oxford, 30th Jun '11
a great whisky! Delicious!! particularly at this price. Too bad that it is not sold in the U.S.A. But it is certainly worth sending to the U.K. for this stuff.
- S. R. Michelson June 24, '11, 24th Jun '11
A very good dram. Not much smoke or peat, but a huge, well balanced and well rounded fruity taste. Powerful and complex stuff, really top notch for a blend. Flavor deserves more attention than I have been able to give it in casual drinking.
- kelly, 7th Mar '11
The masculine layout is perfect in these times of feminine design of french perfums like bottlings!!!
- Jack LaShay, LA., 17th Jul '09
If God likes a nice whisky to unwind with this is the one he would drink. It is gorgeous!
- anonymous, 20th Jan '09
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