Whisky Review – Wemyss Malts Peat Chimney 8 year old

Don’t know about you, but at the moment I’m in a peat whisky mode. Had some great peated whisky lately (including 2 fabulous whiskies last night), and I’m trying to enjoy it as much as I can before the too hot summer season settles in pushing me into the lighter & fruity side of whisky.

So let’s check today another peated whisky – Wemyss Peat Chimney 8 year old. It was the fourth and last whisky in the WemyssTT3 Tweet Tasting that took place 1.5 weeks ago, closing out the event on a high (peated) note.

Peat Chimney is a 100% blended malt (vatted malt) with no grain whisky, and the core malts here come from Islay so we should expect some sweet smoke and peat.

Wemyss Malts Peat Chimney 8 year old (40%, £28.35)

wemyss peat chimney 8Nose:  Peat. gotta love it 😉 Also sweet and gentle buttery smoke. Oh, and peat! Also iodine, bandages and hospital smell. Fruity river underground. Leaving it in the glass for some time, the peat is stronger and harsher but there’s distinct and sharp red apples notes behind.

Palate: Peat reek but very fruity and sweet. apples & mango, vanilla, oak is lurking behind

Finish: Medium long length. gentle peat with wood spices.

Conclusion: The finish isn’t the longest and it perhaps lacks a bit of complexity but I’ll steal a line somebody said at the event because it sums up the whisky perfectly : it’s a pure comfort food!


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