Taste Twenty Trial – 5. Whyte & Mackay’s whisky

Now, I’m going to have to be upfront and honest here, it’s not proper whisky. It’s a whisky and cola, pre-made and sold to me in a can.

I’m sorry in advance.

I was browsing in the supermarket and stumbled across this whole section of alcohol that I hadn’t noticed before – the sort of pre-mixed cans as pictured above. There’s everything from rum to Jack Daniels to gin and tonic, and I was impressed. When I told Mr C about it, he was also impressed. In his day, kids drank cider. In my day, we drank Smirnoff Ice. Now there is a whole heap of choice out there.

Anyway, I’ve never drank whisky or rum before because… well because it sounds and smells pretty gross. I was browsing these shelves in the supermarket, and thought that one would make a good “new food” for me. Yes, alcohol counts as food, what of it?

I chose Whyte & Mackay’s simply because it has F1 connections, they’re a sponsor of Force India. This is the “Whyte & Mackay Glasgow Special Blended Scotch Whisky & Cola.” The can comes with cola pre-installed, and as a die-hard Coke Zero addict, anything labelled cola makes me nervous.

The can is shaped very much like a Red Bull can – the tall version with quite thick metal – and upon first taste, it’s worryingly like Red Bull cola. It has that sweet aroma that only “fake” colas can have. However, after a bit of further investigation, I can say that I really quite like it.

The longer I drank, the less cola I could taste and the more whisky I could taste, but I don’t think it would be a fair judgement on the whisky at all. It’s sweet and it’s aimed at people with a sweet tooth. It leaves no aftertaste, it has no burn, it’s just a pleasant, if rather sticky drink.

I can’t say I would ever actively seek this out again, but it has lowered my guard against the whisky inside. Perhaps I will graduate onto the harder stuff. Maybe just once. Maybe.

6 thoughts on “Taste Twenty Trial – 5. Whyte & Mackay’s whisky

  1. In his day, kids drank cider. In my day, we drank Smirnoff Ice. Now there is a whole heap of choice out there.

    I was a bit too naive to be drinking underage, but there was a mythical ’20:20′ that my friends were sneaking into parties. Anyone remember it?

  2. P.S. From cider to Smirnoff Ice. Were you in different parts of the country or does that imply a 5yr age difference?

  3. 20:20 isn’t a myth, it fuelled many nights when I was around 14-17, along with Thunderbirds. The only way I can think to describe 20:20 now is as a kind of cheap forerunner of Bacardi Breezers. it didn’t really taste of alcohol, just weird fruit tastes, in the most outrageous colours. Or possibly I have blocked out the other memories!

    As for whisky and cola in a can, you should really try some whisky on it’s own now, you might even like the taste.

  4. P.S. From cider to Smirnoff Ice. Were you in different parts of the country or does that imply a 5yr age difference?

    I wasn’t implying anything 🙂

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