Wemyss Malts new single casks

Wemyss single casks

They’re certainly prolific; another few weeks pass and more new releases from Wemyss Malts! As you may now have guessed from some of my previous posts (here and here) Wemyss Malts bottle whiskies based on their flavour profile rather than simply naming them after the distillery the liquid comes from. “Genius!”, you may cry. And indeed you’d be right. However I’ve now set myself the challenge of not repeating their names to describe any of the aromas or flavours I get in the whisky. Let’s see how I get on…

“Autumn Berries”
Blair Atholl Distillery 1986/2012
268 bottles
46% ABV
£84.95 here

Nose: Applewood, buttered pastries, orange peel, toffee apples, baked rhubarb and pear skins.

Palate: Haribo sweets, some cinnamon spice, salty caramel toffee, orange marmalade and fruit loaf.

Finish: Longish with some warm wood spices and a touch of oak.

“Sugared Almonds”
Aultmore Distillery 1982/2012
272 bottles
46% ABV
£99.50 here

Nose: Sweet honey, candy sticks, apple pie, crème brûlée, marzipan, heaps of vanilla and some new wood.

Palate: So smooth, a really creamy mouthfeel with custard creams, pears in syrup and melted butter. Then a gentle wood spice and a touch of vibrant wood. Doesn’t nose or taste like a 30yo, very lively indeed!

Finish: Really quite long and sweet with a slight prickle of cinnamon and nutmeg.

“Lemon Smoke”
Caol Ila Distillery 1996/2012
380 bottles
46% ABV
£68.95 here

Nose: Smoked pork ribs, BBQ embers, an old bonfire on the Islay sand, a puff of soot. Then there’s some salt and vinegar crisps and fresh lime juice and salty bacon.

Palate: Big thick wood smoke, HP sauce on bacon rolls, burnt oranges, a dash of pepper and some dark chocolate right at the end.

Finish: Wave after wave of BBQ’d meat and wood smoke. There’s a bit of heat here too, which is not at all unpleaseant.

Overall: Well, I managed to avoid falling into the trap of being weak-minded and simply repeating their official names in my tasting notes! As for the liquid itself, Wemyss have never let me down. My pick of the bunch has to be the Aultmore, it really has the complexity of an old whisky but it’s not at all tired or weary having spent 30 years in a cask. But if someone was to ask me to recommend one of the three to buy right now I’d have to go for the Caol Ila – a great dram to see you through the long, cold November nights.


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