Wemyss Tweet Tasting

A Chorus of Wemyss
A Whisky Wire Tweet Tasting

 

WemyssTT.KJSOnce more the honour was given to yours truly of partaking in a Whisky Wire Twitter Tasting. Isn't the life of the whisky blogger beautiful? And like the snob I am, I wasted no moment to brag about it to friends and family. However, this time no single malts on the menu. But the entire no age statement range of blended malt whiskies by Wemyss Malts doesn't sound half bad! 

For those of you unfamiliar with The Whisky Wire, please feel free to visit their site. The concept of their tweet tastings is self-explanatory: get yourself a twitter account, sign up for an event, make sure you are available at the stipulated time and cross your fingers and hope to be selected. All in all it's  a great way to get to expand your own whisky universe and get to know your fellow colleagues from around Europe. So follow Steve @TheWhiskyWire today.

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As for the benevolent benefactors of the evening, the Wemyss Malts, proprietors of the Kingsbarns Distillery, today they are one of the more recognisable independent bottlers of Scotland. Apart from their independently released single malts, they created their own range of blended malt whisky, as an introduction to the different whisky regions of Scotland. A noble cause, if you ask me, certainly if they are well priced.
And here are our four horsemen :

1. Wemyss - The Hive - 46% ABV
2. Wemyss - Spice King - 46% ABV
3. Wemyss - Peat Chimney - 46% ABV
4. Wemyss - Kiln Embers - 46% ABV

The Hive was designed with the Speyside in mind, the Spice King is the signature blend of the Highlands, while the Peat Chimney represents,… I think you can figure that out by yourself.
The fourth and final dram of the evening was the new limited edition, called Kiln Embers. This 'Peat Chimney' on steroids, was created to make us forget the much praised Velvet Fig.

At the strike of seven, it was time to get the old twitter buzzing with our posh balderdash and spread the word on Wemyss.
My thanks goes out to Steve Rush for giving me a spot on the tasting team and to the good folks of Wemyss Malts, who were generous enough to provide me with their samples.

Time to get the glasses ready and enjoy… Looking for the scores? You'll find them below.

 

Wemyss The Hive

Smothered in Cream
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Description: the first contender of the evening, supposedly the Speysider of the quartet.

Nose: powerful, perfumed, both honeyed and flowery. This dram opens with a note of red apples, freshly cut grass, fudge and buttered popcorn with a touch of salt. But what I take away from this blend, is the persistently strong aroma of heather.

Mouth: a light oily but sturdy body, with a somewhat bitter palate, comprised of creamy vanilla notes, some grapefruit and apricots, all richly covered in honey and heather.

Finish: short and drying, with a mouthfeel like your tongue is smothered in cream.

 

Wemyss Spice King

Dark Peppery Edge

2015-09-27 01.17.38
Description:
 up to the Wemyss ambassador of the Highlands and Islands then.  

Nose: potent and stinging. Quite a variety of aromas including oak shavings, creamy banana, some salty smoke, seaweed humus, cider and coffee.

Mouth: light bodied with toasted oak on the palate. Make no mistake it is also heavy on the nutmeg and demerara sugar. Further along I can detect cinnamon, cloves, a few soft peated notes, salt, lavender and heather (Highland Park somebody?).

Finish: a light short malty finish with a black peppery edge.

 

Wemyss Peat Chimney

Bacon Islay

2015-09-27 01.16.45
Description:
 the third entry of the package, from the shores of the Queen of the Hebrides  .

Nose: the smell of hot glue and iodine smoke with a soft medicinal touch, penetrates the room. Am I detecting some Laphroaig? The nose definitely has some creamy butter-ness to it, infused with smoked bacon, olives and rosemary.

Mouth: light bodied with a fresh mouthfeel. Brine and peat reek on the palate, though not overly dominant. In addition a few apples, salted toffee and spices from the oak.

Finish: short, with faint notes of bacon, seasoned with salt and pepper.

 

Wemyss Kiln Embers

Dragrace

2015-09-27 01.17.24
Description:
 Fourth and final entry for today, our limited edition peated malt.

Nose: a strange mix of custard and peat, aside faint notes of soap, soft vanilla and brine. Later on, when given time to breath, more scents of coal cinders and spear mint emerge.

Mouth: off to a powerful start with an alcoholic palate that packs a punch displaying a fistful of muddy peat. Later it descends into a, more watered ,down salty liquorice flavoured ensemble with a little vanilla and a dash of honey.

Finish: short to medium long, citrus and peat slowly dying out.

 

The Verdict

Well, let's just  start at the beginning.

The Hive: though I generally considered it to be in poor taste to bad-mouth a free sample, I’ll just go forth and say it. Notwithstanding that, by my own admission, this whisky is full of flavour, it is just not my cup of tea. I broadly dislike the softer creamier style of whiskies. De gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum. But that doesn't mean you have to take my word for it, go to the store and try it yourself, you lazy sod!

Spice King: There certainly is a lot of spice in this whisky, a spice king worthy of its name. Not as fruity as some during the tasting let us believe, but still an excellent basic whisky, please pour me another dram!.

Peat Chimney: the clear winner of the evening. I’m willing to bet that this is a blend of Laphroaig and Caol Ila. Quite good an excellent introduction for people not yet familiar with peat or the Islay style.

Kiln Embers: a powerful set up for a palate, but it all dies down afterwards, leaving me to wonder what an excellent whisky this could have been without the short finish. Overall this is still a great addition to the Wemyss family.

 2015-09-27 01.19.02  2015-09-27 01.17.38  2015-09-27 01.16.45  2015-09-27 01.17.24
Score: 77 Score: 82 Score: 84 Score: 83
Nose:
20
Taste:
17
Finish:
19
Balance:
21
Nose:
20
Taste:
20
Finish:
21
Balance:
21
Nose:
21
Taste:
22
Finish:
20
Balance:
21
Nose:
23
Taste:
22
Finish:
20
Balance:
18

< 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house