Wemyss Malts - Independent Bottlers.

Wemyss Malts - Independent Bottlers. 

Wemyss Malts is a family run independent bottler of Scotch malt whisky. The Wemyss family has long historical roots in Scotland including being involved in the Scottish Wars of Independence and the Jacobite uprising. However the family have long been passionate about one thing: Whisky.

Wemyss, which is pronounced “Weems”, is the ancient Gaelic word for caves and its identity comes from the shores of the Firth of Forth. This is where the family made their ancestral home - Wemyss Castle.

Situated with views to Edinburgh, the castle has been the family seat for over six centuries. The castle is still standing however is closed to the public. You can however tour the gorgeous gardens that surround the castle.

The Wemyss family became tied to the whisky industry in 1824 when a gentleman by the name of John Haig built one of Scotland’s first ever commercial distillery on their land in Fife. John Haig went on to found such brands as Dimple, Haig’s and Dimple Pinch/Haig’s Pinch. One of the reasons why this land was chosen for a distillery was the proximity to clean water (a must for Scotch whisky) and the (then) famous barley which was grown on the Wemyss Estate. Even today barley from the Wemyss Estates is prized by distillers and continues to supply the Wemyss family’s latest venture, Kingsbarns Distillery.

In 2005, the family established an independent bottling arm which took advantage of the century’s worth of knowledge that the Wemyss family had accumulated. By drawing inspiration from their winery businesses, in which blending is an essential part of creating fine wines, Wemyss Malts released a range of blended malts that reflect the very best tastes from the various regions of Scotland.

So successful have they been, their blends have extremely well received and awarded many prestigious awards from leading Scotch Malt societies and associations.

Spice King with peppery spice, is born of the Highlands with a hint of Islands;

The Hive, representative of Speyside, with sweet honey vanilla notes;

Kiln Embers with the smouldering smokiness of Islay.

Lord Elcho, warm and spicy with honey sweetness from Speyside/Highlands.

Using the guidance provided by industry expert Charlie Maclean, the Wemyss family source only the finest casks from Scotland’s distilleries to produce such wonderful tastings. Each cask is tasted, picked and chosen using a complex standard known only to them. Frequently stock from closed or dead distilleries is selected to provide truly unique characters to its malts.

Athholl Brose

Atholl Brose is the traditional drink of legend from Scotland. The story goes that when the 1st Earl of Atholl was seeking to crush a local rebellion he had his spies fill the Rebel leader with this sweet and powerful nectar, making him easy to seize and consequently crush now leaderless the Highland rebels.

The drink is now used the world over and can even be seen as far away as Canada as the Seaforth Highlanders Battalion serve the brew as a New Year’s drink in the Officers and N.C.O’s (Non-Commissioned Officers) Messes early on New Years' Day.

Enjoy this drink to top off a night of tasting.

 

Detailed Tasting Information.

 

Lord Elcho - 40% ABV

This blend has been bottled at 40% and has been created to commemorate the distinguished military career of the late Lord Elcho. Lord Elcho was an officer for James Stuart during the Jacobite Rebellion. He later served in many posts overseas including the Royal Scots, the French Army and the Swiss military. He died at the aged of 65 in 1787 in Paris, France.

Colour: Copper Gold

Nose: Fresh and lively. A fruit salad of green apple, grape and pear. Warmer notes of freshly cut hay follow. Fragrant eucalyptus infused wood shavings

Palate: Full and soft with waves of chewy caramel. A hint of ginger syrup reveals a warming spiciness. Lovely neat, but water develops the spiciness with notes of red fruits like pomegranate

Finish: Dry and long. Crushed brazil nuts

 

Spice King 12 Years Old - 40% ABV

This blend of malt whiskies has a foundation in 12 year old Island malt.  It’s name is appropriately chosen for its peppery notes and zesty body.

Colour: Light Honey

Nose: Peppery, fruity and malty with notes of cinnamon, orange zest and hints of coconut.

Palate: Spicy with nutmeg, black pepper, toasted barley and lightly charred oak.

Finish: Rich and intense with coconut oil and malt on the tail.

 

The Hive 12 Years Old - 40% ABV

The Hive has been created to showcase the best Speyside has to offer. Its honey sweetness being a reminder of the floral fruitiness known of that region. A wide selection of over 15 Speyside whiskies aged for a minimum of 12 years have been hand selected to make up the delicate flavours this whisky holds.

Colour: Golden bronze

Nose: Heather-honey and dried fruits marinated in orange liqueur.  Warm woodiness and orchard fruitiness develop.

Palate: Honey glazed spiced apples.  Dessert spices intensify with water, then sweeter notes are revealed, creamy with orange infused honeycomb coated in chocolate.

Finish: Rounded spice gently mellows into waxy smooth finish.

 

Kiln Embers - 46% ABV 

This blend of malt whiskies has a foundation in 12 year old Island malt.  It’s name is appropriately chosen for its peppery notes and zesty body.

Colour: Light Honey

Nose: Peppery, fruity and malty with notes of cinnamon, orange zest and hints of coconut.

Palate: Spicy with nutmeg, black pepper, toasted barley and lightly charred oak.

Finish: Rich and intense with coconut oil and malt on the tail.

 

Atholl Brose - 35% ABV

Delicious blend of Benromach single malt whisky (from Speyside) with a blend of honey and herbs. Produced by Gordon & Macphail under the Dunkeld label.

Colour: Maple Syrup

Nose: Sweet, spicy and fruity – cloves and cinnamon, eucalyptus and menthol aromas.

Taste: Sweet, warming with menthol and peppermint notes. Spicy, herbal flavours and a subtle whisky edge

Finish: Sweet and lingers of spice

A big thank you to Wemyss Malts for this months tasting!
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