Mackinlay’s is one of the oldest brands of blended Scotch. Charles Mackinaly, a wine merchant, founded his company in 1815. He soon became an agent for Macfarlane’s whisky, then introduced his proprietary brands.
The Original Mackinlay was launched in 1847 and soon became the flagship for the company. The whisky contained no less than 34% malt, the majority of which came from Speyside. The brand was acquired by Scottish Newcastle Breweries in 1961 and subsequently became part of Invergordon Distillers; currently it is owned by Whyte & Mackay. The Original Mackinlay’s 21 years old was a premium expression made with significant amount of sherry wood aged whisky. The bottle presented here comes in our opinion from the 1980s.
Nose: pretty shy sherry notes, caramel, vanilla, honey, oranges, raisins, sweet cereals, nougat, hints of pepper and cocoa powder and some oak.
Palate: fruity and grainy, apples, plums, cherries, oranges, caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, roasted nuts, hints of tobacco and oak.
Finish: fairly long, with notes dried fruit, sweet cereals, caramel, milk chocolate, allspice and oak.