The latest single casks from Wemyss Malts

Wemyss Malts

More delicious single casks from Wemyss Malts

They’ve been a busy bunch recently haven’t they? Wemyss Malts have been releasing many cracking blended malts and single cask bottlings over the past few months and I’ve had the absolute pleasure of trying them as you can see here and here. Tonight is no exception. Another three single casks ranging from 15 to 29 years old from Caol Ila, Tullibardine and Teaninich are sitting in front of me and, if previous form is anything to go by (and I’m pretty sure it is), these will not disappoint. So without further ado, here’s my thoughts on these three very fine drams;

Rum ‘n’ Raisin

Tullibardine Distillery 1989/2011
299 bottles
46% ABV
£85.99 from here

Nose: Creamy honey, buttered toast and marzipan smother the senses. Orange peel and dark chocolate give this whisky a bit of bite if you delve deeper. Right on the top there are light, grassy notes; green apples keep things clean and fresh.

Palate: Very light on entry, honeycomb and a fudge toffeeness. A little gentle spice and a touch of heavy sweetness give it some gravity. Champagne truffles and white candy sticks add a delicious dimension.

Finish: Long and fruity. Sweet berries and a hint of subtle oak. Still retains the clean sweetness. A great aperitif-type whisky despite its name suggesting a more rich and full-on experience.

Winter Spice

Teaninich Distillery 1982/2011
201 bottles
44.4% ABV
£109.99 from here

Nose: Rich and spicy straight away – cinnamon and cloves. Some earthy notes too. A cereal sweetness and maltiness keep things from being too ‘damp’. Plums and dates. Layers of creamy vanilla and caramelised sugar. Really very complex.

Palate: Honey and nutty. Spicy with some sticky fruits and dark chocolate. Again, really quite complex with a sweet cereal note on the top and a slight oak presence almost peeking through.

Finish: Currants and subtle spices fade gradually. Almost minerally in parts. A very ‘full’ finish – coats the palate in sweet, rich fruits.

Smokehouse

Caol Ila Distillery 1996/2011
363 bottles
46% ABV
£59.99 from here

Nose: Sweet smoke with a lovely briney tinge to balance it out. Charcoal embers and BBQ sauce. A calming creaminess covers the bouquet though – butterscotch or vanilla maybe. Hints of citrus pierce the otherwise dominant smokiness. Pretty huge.

Palate: Dry peat, coastal spray, salty pretzels, cigar ash, lashings of smoke but still remarkably gentle. Smoky bacon crisps and flame grilled sausages with brown sauce. Right up my street.

Finish: Long and really smoky. A little dry peat but there’s some sweet oak and a citrusy zing there to ensure some energy in this whisky. A dirty earthiness underpins the smoke. A very well rounded Islay dram.

Overall: I said at the start I didn’t think I would be disappointed, and I definitely wasn’t. The last time I tried some blended malts from Wemyss Malts I said it was like my journey through whisky condensed into a three dram tasting. This time it’s like a three course meal; the Rum ‘n’ Raisin is very much an aperitif style whisky to have before, or with, a starter. Winter Spice is something I’d sip alongside a duck dish with a plum jus or something similar. It would certainly go with game (pheasant, rabbit, venison etc) and a rich sauce. I’d then very happily team up the cheeseboard with Smokehouse at the end of the evening – a full on peaty dram and one you’ll still be tasting in the taxi home.

Keep ‘em coming Wemyss!

Tiger

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