Archive For The “Wemyss” Category

Celebrating the Upcoming Autumn – 1986 Blair Athol

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Celebrating the Upcoming Autumn – 1986 Blair Athol

Blair Athol distillery serves as the spiritual home for Bell’s blended whisky, which is the best selling whisky in the UK. Bell’s became part of Diageo after Guinness eyed Bell’s success 1985, and acquired it through a hostile takeover. Bell’s signature malt is Blair Athol, but it also has malts from Dufftown, Caol Ila, Glenkinchie…

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A 12 Year Old Craigellachie Done Right

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A 12 Year Old Craigellachie Done Right

My review of the Craigellachie 13 was quite unequivocal about how much I disliked that expression. Today I’ll be reviewing a 12 year old single cask bottled by Wemyss Malts that is one of the most interesting Craigellachie expressions I’ve had, even though it’s somewhat untamed and sits right on the cusp of losing its…

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A Two Faced Bowmore Single Cask – The Wemyss 1998 Cacao-Geyser

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A Two Faced Bowmore Single Cask – The Wemyss 1998 Cacao-Geyser

Bowmore definitely has its ardent fans. I’m not one of them though. I must admit that I struggle with this distillery, as something in the profile doesn’t rub me the right way. It’s not to say that I don’t recognize the quality of the whisky they produce, of course I do. Especially since Rachel Barrie…

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Velvet Fig – Wemyss’ Vatted Malt is a Winner

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Velvet Fig – Wemyss’ Vatted Malt is a Winner

My affinity and curiosity (and often disappointment) from vatted malts is well known to my readers, as making a really good vatted malt, one that truly highlights what each of the different malts brings into the blend is a true feat of art. Also well known is my disdain for the inevitable “best ____ whisky of…

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Another Wemyss 1997 Clynelish – Vanilla Summer

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Another Wemyss 1997 Clynelish – Vanilla Summer

This is going to be just a quick tasting note on another independent Clynelish, the Wemyss Vanilla Summer, a 14 year old. This is an enjoyable experssion, though not the most complex. Wemyss Malts Clynelish 1997 ‘Vanilla Summer’, 14 Year Old single cask, Yield of 363 Bottles (46% ABV, NCF, NC) Appearance: Gold with slow legs. Nose: Fresh…

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Yet another 17 Year Old Clynelish – or is it an Old Pulteney???

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Yet another 17 Year Old Clynelish –  or is it an Old Pulteney???

This Clynelish is fully of the sea. Wemyss names their single cask expressions with SMWS style descriptive names, and this Clynelish is aptly called “Bench with a Sea View”. This, of course, isn’t all that surprising, given just how close it actually is to the sea, as you can tell in this picture: In truth,…

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Adventures in Malt Blends Part 2 – Wemyss Peat Chimney

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Adventures in Malt Blends Part 2 – Wemyss Peat Chimney

We continue our peated blends sojourn, today with contestant number two. Wemyss are both independent bottlers (see my review of the outstanding Glen Scotia Single Cask “Merchant’s Mahogany Chest” bottling) and blenders, with a line of three blended malts representing a sweet Speyside Style (The Hive), a spicy Highland style (Spice King) and a peated…

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