Wemyss Tweet Tasting: Batch Strength Editions

 

Oh, I do love what those folks at Wemyss Malts do. Their single cask bottlings are exceptional and their core range of blends is excellent.

So what about a cask strength line up of those core range blends? Ooooh, do tell me more. I was lucky enough to be on the tasting last year where they introduced the standard editions. It’s going to be fun tasting them at full cask strength!

The Hive Batch Strength 001

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-22-35-12Bottler: Wemyss Malts
Age: NAS
ABV: 54.5%

In to start with is the cask strength counterpart to Wemyss’ “The Hive” blend, a sweet honeyed dram that’ll have all the Highland malt fans sitting up and paying attention.

Nose: Surprisingly…honey! That light, runny supermarket stuff. Boiled toffee sweets. Menthol. Throat sweets. A whiff of the coast with wax jacket, salty air, and chalky cliffs. There’s an orangey, beery thing happening. Like a pint of Blue Moon with a slice of orange in it. Very three dimensional.
Palate: Sweet, exuberant, and spicy. Honeycomb, yellow sultanas, menthol, and sweet fizzing oak. Orange pith. Waxy and luscious on the tongue.
Finish: Easter egg chocolate, more runny honey and a tingly black pepper numbness.

It’s young and kicking this one. Lots of fun to drink and with bags more going on than it’s bottle strength counterpart.

 

Spice King Batch Strength 001

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-22-34-56Bottler: Wemyss Malts
Age:
NAS
ABV: 
56%

Up next is the Spice King, a very popular blend since its release a few years ago. So how is the full cask strength edition compared with the standard release?

Nose: Meaty with a sweet edge. A strong, peppery, smoky quality, too. Salt and pepper pork ribs. Dark, sticky prunes. Chargrilled pineapple. Salted caramel cake served with roast potatoes (weird, yes, but good weird). Wow.
Palate: Toffee apples with sweet cinnamon. Warm vanilla syrup. Cigar tobacco, mellow oak, smooth caramel. Not as spicy as the name would lead you to think!
Finish: Warm, long, and comforting. Rice pudding with nutmeg. Faint oak.

This is a lovely, complex, rich whisky that warms the cockles of your heart.

Peat Chimney Batch Strength 001

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-22-34-39Bottler: Wemyss Malts
Age: NAS
ABV: 57%

The final dram is the heavily peated “Peat Chimney” blend – an Islay blend special with a ton of beautiful smoky notes to enjoy.

Nose: Cured gammon over a pine log fire. Smoky and sweet. Roasted sweetcorn. Black coffee with cloves and treacle. A touch of o-zone with muddy boots and dry stone walls.
Palate: Boom! There’s the peat. Burnt lemons, followed by caramelised seaweed coated in hot butter. A mug of Ovaltine. Wafts of dry, hot smoke revealing sweet plum flesh and chilli peppers.
Finish: Very tingly, almost chewy peat. Cashew nuts and sweet peppers.

Oh yes. This is a rush. Loads of peat but balanced so well by a host of complementary flavours. I really do like this.

 

Rob Roy Cocktail

cw2l5ypxuaaw-nd

And finally… Wemyss have treated us Tweet Tasters to a pre-mixed cocktail: A Rob Roy made using the heavily peated Peat Chimney blend.

In a nutshell: Sweet smoky cherries. The smoke really balances the sweetness and the cherry bitters and PX give it a rounded texture and complexity. Very compelling indeed. I’m not usually a cocktail drinker but this is very pleasant… Bravo!

As ever, many thanks to Steve Rush at The Whisky Wire for organising and thank you to Wemyss Malts for letting us taste your lovely blends. All the blends are available to buy from Wemyss’ directly.

 

Wemyss Tweet Tasting #4

Wemyss have really impressed me over the past 12 months. At last year’s TWE Whisky Show, their single cask bottling of Caol Ila was sublime – far better than any other bottling I tried.

Up here in this tasting is their range of delicious blended malts, showcasing particularly the brand new release: Kiln Embers.

Let’s get started!

The Hive

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 19.03.55Bottler: Wemyss Malts
Age: NAS
ABV: 46%

Nose: Sweet straw, treacle, herbs, sea salt, boiled sweets

Palate: Lemon throat sweets leading to runny honey – like someone melted a Locket. Barley mixed with salt and pepper.

Body: Quite light and soft, drying at the end.

Finish: Long, oaky and lip smackingly sweet.

More coastal than expected! An easy sipping sweet dram with a good savoury side for balance.

Spice King

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 19.04.13Bottler: Wemyss Malts
Age:
NAS
ABV: 
46%

Nose: Nail polish, pear drops, dark sugar, ginger, sandy earth.

Palate: Cinnamon sticks, apple strüdel, golden syrup, chilli peppers

Body: Light and tangy.

Finish: Peppery with mixed nuts

Does what it says on the tin! Lots of barrel spice, like a very fragrant Bourbon.

Peat Chimney

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 19.04.26Bottler: Wemyss Malts
Age: NAS
ABV: 46%

Nose: Vacuum-packed ham, oatcakes, sea salt, sherbet.

Palate: Fruit and salty smoke. Pears, apples, lemons mixed with coastal spray and charcoal ash.

Body: Thick with beady legs.

Finish: Very oaky and dry with a sherbet tingle and chewy, nutty peat.

Very warming and comforting. Great meaty notes with coastal smoke. A beach BBQ dram. I feel like there’s Caol Ila in it.

Kiln Embers

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 19.04.38Bottler: Wemyss Malts
Age: NAS
ABV: 46%

Nose: Medicinal TCP and bandages. Burnt bacon. Sweet shop aromas of boiled sweets and sticky lollipops. After a while, a strong smell of sticky peanut butter.

Palate: Starts sweet and fragrant and builds to bonfire and gunpowder. Oranges, peaches and cream briefly before hot smoke and a deep, numbing chilli pepper burn.

Body: Viscous and mouthcoating.

Finish: When the fire calms down to embers, it leaves hot salted peanuts and peppery oak with buttery, burnt fried cabbage (nicer than it sounds!). Very long and moreish.

Reminds me very much of Big Peat. I think there’s some Ardbeg in this. Very nice stuff indeed. I think a bottle is in order for the Winter months.

Thanks to Steve Rush and the folks at Wemyss Malts for another great selection of whisky!

Aberfeldy 1999 “Snuffed Candle” (Wemyss Malts)

Distillery: Aberfeldy
Bottled: 2014, Distilled: 1999
Bottler: Wemyss Malts
ABV: 46%
Cask: Hogshead
More Info: WhiskyBase

Oh I do love Wemyss. The single cask bottlings they’ve put together lately have been very impressive on the whole, as well as being really well priced. I’ve seen them at a few whisky events now, and you can find them on a lot of the usual whisky websites.

Oh, and their nosing panel’s chaired by Charlie Maclean. You know, the chap in the kilt who’s in The Angels’ Share. He decides what the title on the bottle’s going to be, so all the Wemyss single cask releases have names like “Rockpool”, “Peaches and Cream”, “Dark Treacle Fondant”.

This here be an Aberfeldy, and it’s titled “Snuffed Candle”. One of the Dewars’ distilleries, you’re starting to see more and more whisky from this one appearing on the market rather than going into blended malt, which is always good to see.

Let’s try it out.

Nose: Sherbet candy, lavender, french fondant fancy, green apple skin.

Palate: Brittle candy, vanilla, orange peel, lemon juice, black pepper and gentle, tangy peat smoke.

Finish: Tingly with a touch of oak.

Not sure about snuffed candle. I get a nice smoky tingle on the palate but not much soot or sulphur. For me this is mostly about sweetshop candy notes, and very pleasant they are too.

If lightly peated, candylicious Highland malt is your thing then this’ll pique your interest big time.