Wemyss Malts and Blends

Wemyss Malts and BlendsThe Wemyss Family have been connected to the Scottish Whisky Industry since the turn of the 19th Century and has a longstanding passion for the Scottish Whisky Industry when John Haig (founder of Haig’s) built his first distillery on Wemyss land. The barley that is produced on the Wemyss Estates is highly rated by many of the leading distillers and there is even the famous Cameron Bridge distillery located within a few miles of the Estate.

If you have never heard of Wemyss Malts here is a brief introduction about the name Wemyss. It is pronounced as ‘weems’ and is a Scots word for caves – as in the caves that pepper the rocky shore of Fife. The range of malts and blends that are produced are excellent and their ranges of malts are all hand crafted. Each whisky is produced uniquely for the bottle and not the distillery and this is a great way to make the whisky consumer know what they are going to receive within each bottle they purchase.

Wemyss Malts have a very important person within the Whisky Industry on their side and his name is Charlie Maclean – the Scottish authority on malt whisky. His passion is for Single Cask Malts and only selects truly exceptional single casks.  His standards are very high and will only except the best and rejected the majority of cask that he samples. All this means the single cask are all very high quality from Wemyss and each batch is limited to between 300 to 600 bottles as the rest would not be to the correct standard.

The Wemyss Single Cask all have the minimum strength of 43%, but most of 46%. There are also selections of cask strengthbottles available. All these malts are not coloured in any way so what you receive is the natural state of the whisky with its own individual character. Within this range there are four that deal with the top Scottish whisky regions – Speyside, Highland, Islay and the Lowlands and are all excellent. They are all so good that the hardest part with the Wemyss range is which one to sample first.

Wemyss also have a fine range of blended whiskies and again these are all cask under the expert eye of Charlie Maclean. All the blends that Wemyss produced are selected by sampling hundreds of casks and only the very best are used so they can offer to the whisky industry the very best.
Below you will find the malts and blends that Wemyss have to offer and tasting notes to go with each of the bottles. There is also a link where you can purchases theses whisky. After this there is a selection of international retails where you can go direct to them to purchases these excellent whiskies. More details can be found at www.wemyssmalts.com

Darnleys London Dry Gin

Region: Scotch
Type:   Wemyss Malts and Blends

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Lord Elcho Blended Whisky

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Type:   Wemyss Malts and Blends

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Single Malts Whiskies from Wemyss

Wemyss Malts - Speyside - Vanilla OakSINGLE CASK SINGLE MALT

 Name:                      Vanilla Oak
Region:                     Speyside
Distillation date:      1996
Bottling Date:           2011
Volume:                    46%
No of Bottles:           733

Tasting Notes and Observations
Pale yellow, almost translucent in colour, this whisky has a soft and delicate nose of vanilla custard and sweet cereal notes.  The addition of water intensifies the vanilla notes, before revealing honey and heather notes.  The palate is soft and delicate, rich with vanilla honey and late oakiness.  A delicate, summer dram.

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Wemyss Malts - Islay  -  Autumn WarmerSINGLE CASK SINGLE MALT

Name:                      Autumn Warmer
Region:                    Islay
Distillation date:    1997
Bottling Date:         2011
Volume:                   46%
No of Bottles:          360

Tasting Notes and Observations
Pale straw in colour, there is an immediate aroma of sweet malt and iodine on nosing.  Warming reveals notes of peat smoke, bonfires and almost burnt sugar!  The palate is bursting with typical Islay characteristics; peat smoke and coastal notes, with a hint of a seafood smokehouse.  Water intensifies these tastes, and the lingering finish leaves you wanting more.

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Wemyss Malts - Highlands - Red Berry CreamSINGLE CASK SINGLE MALT

Name:                      Red Berry Cream
Region:                    Highland
Distillation date:    1990
Bottling Date:          2011
Volume:                   46%
No of Bottles:          865

Tasting Notes and Observations
Deep mahogany in colour, with an amber hue, this whisky is clearly from a fresh Sherry butt.  The nose is immediately bursting with dessert spices, caramelized apples and stewed red berries.  The strawberry and raspberry notes are immediately apparent on the palate, and are softened by the addition of water.  Dessert spices linger behind the fruit, with a late hint of cloves.  The finish is rich, mouthcoating and definitely more-ish!

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Blends Whiskies from Wemyss

Wemyss Blends - Peat ChimneyBLENDED MALT

Name:                      “Peat Chimney”
Age:                         12 years
Bottling Date:         July 2011
Volume:                   40%

Tasting notes and observations
This is a blend of 16 single malt whiskies, with an emphasis on 12 year old Islay malt.   On nosing, there is an immediate sweet, malty note with gentle wisps of smoke.  After a few moments there is almost a hint of charred wood and peat smoke.  Peat and Smoke are in the foreground upon tasting, with an underlying citric sweetness.  The addition of water intensifies the sweet peat notes, with a sweet and subtle finish.

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Wemyss Blends - Spice KingBLENDED MALTS

Name:                            “Spice King’’                          
Age:                               12 Years 
Bottling Date:                July 2011
Volume:                         40%

Tasting notes and observations
This is a blend of malt whiskies, with an emphasis on 12 year old Island malt.  On the nose there are immediate aromas of spice, with late hints of smoke and a trace of pepper.  Warming intensifies these aromas and the spicy, peppery note is immediately apparent on the palate.  Behind the dominant spices there are warming notes of stewed apples and cinnamon stick, which develop into a rich and lasting finish.

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Wemyss Blends - The HiveBLENDED MALT

Name:                        “The Hive”
Age:                           12 years
Bottling Date:            July 2011
Volume:                     40%

Tasting notes and observations
This is a blend of malt whiskies, with an emphasis on 12yo Speyside malt from both fresh and refill Sherry casks.   The colour is rich and bronze, which hints at the sherry cask maturation.  Nosing reveals sweetness and a hint of spice; reminiscent of fresh honey, toffee apples and cinnamon sticks.  The rich, honeyed sweetness continues onto the palate; dominating over aromas of dessert spice and candied fruits.  The lengthy finish is smooth and sweetly satisfying.

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