Today we’ll have a review of a new whisky release targeted at the x-mas/new year holidays shoppers. This time it’s another special edition from Wemyess Malts, Kiln Embers. Kiln Embers release follows Velvet Fig, its very successful predecessor, which I liked a lot and so I had high hopes for this one as well.
This time, Wemyss Malts took different approach and direction, almost 180 degrees of Velvet Fig, going west toward Islay and peat. Yes, it’s true they already have a peated whisky in their portfolio (Peat chimney), but this special edition boast double amount of smoky Islay malt. Let’s check what we have in store here.
Wemyss Malts Kiln embers (46%, 12000 bottles, £32.92/€39.90)
Nose: A very malty nose, smoky but the main note for me here was real young, almost new make like, peated spirit. Citrus and lemon, very young and very soft. Continue reading
I have some fond memories of Craigellachie. I slept there while touring the Speyside region, tasted my first Craigellachie dram there and I liked the new lineup released last year.
I got this sample of a young Craigellachie single cask from Wemyess and while I sat down and wrote my notes for it, I realized I have a couple more of indie Craigellachie reviews to publish and so, expect some heavy dose of indie Craigellachie reviews in the coming few weeks from this unheralded distillery.
Let’s start with the young Craigellachie that triggered this reaction, the Craigellachie 2002-2014 Dark Treacle Fondant from Wemyess Malts. Like most of their single casks releases, it’s NCF and without caramel, bottled at 46%.
Wemyss Craigellachie 2002-2014 Dark Treacle Fondant (46%, 804 bottles, £63.95/€65)
Nose: Big malt note and very spirity at first. After a minute or two in the glass it’s sweet dark golden syrup (Treacle name playing psychological havoc on me) and stewed fruits lurking underneath it all. Not bad at all but I did get annoyed from recurring sprity whiffs. Continue reading
Today is Christmas and billions of people around the world celebrate the the holidays season with Christmas and New Year Eve in tow. So let’s go ahead and review a matching (in spirit) dram for the holidays season: Wemyss Malts Velvet Fig.
Velvet Fig is a NAS (no age statement) vatted malt, meaning it’s blended using only single malts, aged entirely in Oloroso Sherry casks. It’s a limited edition as only 6,000 bottles were produced.
Happy holidays to you!
Wemyss Malts Velvet Fig (NAS, 46%, £38.95)
Nose: At first it’s malty and with some young spirit notes (almost new make). Then comes the sherry impact with light sweetness of dried fruits glazed with vanilla. After a minute or two, there are indeed sweet figs, dates, and the smell gets more sherried with cloves, dash of cinnamon and heavy concentrated nutmeg (almost bitter), then another wave of malt and vanilla (must be some active american oak casks in there) and chocolate. Continue reading
October is the hot season for new whisky releases and reviews. In fact, many new whisky announcements starts during September, but taking into account a distribution period of a month or so for the whisky to arrive to shops, October is main stage.
Following their success last year, Wemyss Malts again released 12 single casks last month geared toward holiday shoppers. One of them is a Clynelish 1997 vintage (so it’s either 16yo or 17yo, probably 16yo) named “Bench with a Sea View” which yielded 373 bottles (ex-bourbon cask/barrel).
I loved those Wemyess single casks I happened to taste and review, therefor I hoped this one won’t disappoint. Continue reading
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.
Another Wemyss Malts single cask from the #WemyssTT3 Tweet Tasting event last week – a Glen Scotia from 1991. It’s my 2nd Glen Scotia and I didn’t like the first one I had (A single cask from Kintra) but I hoped this one change my opinion on the distillery.
Last week WemyssTT3 Tweet Tasting was my first foray into Wemyss single cask releases. I’ve read reviews and heard from other bloggers that this series is good, so I was very happy to try 2 of those in the Tweet Tasting. The first one was this – a 14/15yo Mortlach named ‘Pastille Bouquet’. Just like SMWS bottlings, those single cask bottlings are given names based on their tasting notes. So let’s see if it’s matching.
Last night I participated in another Tweet Tasting and if you follow me you know I love those events – sharing drams with people all around the globe is such a great experience, and this was my first venture into Wemyss protfolio so double the fun!
The event was held to celebrate the launch of Wemyss Lord Elcho blend, the new and younger sibling of their existing and popular Lord Elcho 15yo blend.
The blend is is minimum 40% malt (and probably around this mark) and 60% grain. Here’s my tasting notes from last night:
It’s Monday again so a fresh week has started and you probably dread the workweek. But don’t forget we’re deep in spring season, everything is blossoming so breath deep (unless you’re allergic!), enjoy the scenery around you and go ahead and read a fresh and new Social Media Distilled interview.
Today I’m happy to introduce Karen Stewart – PR & Marketing Manager of Wemyss Malts and Kingsbarns Distillery and the keyboard behind @WemyssMalts. Wemyss Malts are a small yet growing Independent bottlers producing well known blends and also single casks bottlings. Later this week there will be a Tweet Tasting (on twitter) where four Wemyss malts will be tasted (including the new Lord Elcho), so follow the #WemyssTT3 hashtag on 15th May!
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in the Stirling area of Scotland, went to St Andrews University and started my career in the beer industry with Bass Brewers (now Coors). I moved into the whisky business about 10 years ago. I now work in Edinburgh for the family owned independent bottlers, Wemyss Malts.
What is your exact position in Wemyss Matls? Could you tell us a little about your journey in the whisky industry? How much of your day to day activity is dedicated to social media? Continue reading
And you thought last week was a busy week with whisky news? hah!
Some good stuff is coming our way (us, whisky customers), read on to find out what to expect (Although the post title reveals most of what you need to know ;-)) Continue reading