Lord Elcho

Lord Elcho 5

Heard of him? Neither had I, so let me tell you a bit about him. Lord Elcho (David to his mates) was the son of the 5th Earl of Wemyss and, after attending Military school in France, travelled to Italy where, in 1740, he met a lad by the name of Charles Edward Stuart aka Bonnie Prince Charlie. Due to his fearsome loyalty and bravery during the Jacobite uprising in 1745 he was appointed colonel of the Prince’s lifeguards. However, when everything went a bit pear-shaped at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 he was attainted, stripped of his title and land, and forced into exile in France. He would never set foot on Caledonia again. Quite a story I’m sure you’ll agree. In honour of his courage and loyalty, Wemyss Malts have made their first foray away from single cask and blended malt releases and into the world of blends and released a 15yo blend called Lord Elcho. With an emphasis on sherry finished whisky and the quality of their previous single cask and blended malt releases (see here, here and here) I’m very interested to see how their first blend has turned out. Let’s see…

Lord Elcho
Wemyss Malts
15yo Blend
40% ABV
£49.50 (ish) from specialist whisky retailers

Nose: Buttered gingerbread, vanilla, toffee and cereal notes followed by a gentle wood spice and a touch of polished wood. Lots of juicy fruits there too – plums, nectarine flesh and ripe berries.  A chocolateyness pervades.

Palate: Very smooth and sweet to begin. Chocolate truffle, caramel fudge and Millionaire’s shortbread. The spiciness and woody notes come through to provide balance to this whisky. Very moreish.

Finish: Quite long, rich and sweet with a touch of chilli chocolate.

Overall: A very good blend. Very good indeed. It’s heading towards the sweet and smooth end of the spectrum which is perhaps what I would consider ‘safe ground’ as there’s nothing too outlandish going on. However, this is a great example of a sherry cask-influenced blend and one which may well turn into a ‘go to’ dram for some people due to its very smooth palate and lipsmacking finish. This is a whisky which will please most palates, and it certainly tickled mine.


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