Wemyss update – tasty summer drams

Some yummy looking stuff coming from Wemyss

With the summer heating up, we have 6 new single cask releases as sizzling new drams on offer from today. The first orders to UK, EU and Asian distributors are going out later this week, so there no bottles in stores yet. Please see the press release attached.

The 6 new whiskies are:

“Apple Pastry” – 1991 single cask from Linkwood, Speyside

“Salted Caramels” – 1991 single cask from Glen Scotia, Campbeltown

“The Smokery” – 1980 single cask from Caol Ila, Islay

“Maritime Embrace” – 1989 single cask from Bunnahabhain, Islay

“Melon Cocktail” – 1994 single cask from Aberfeldy, Highlands

“Spiced Chocolate Cup” – 1997 single cask from Clynelish, Highlands

I’m hungry just reading those.

Whisky Review – Balvenie 14 year old Caribbean Cask

Balvenie 14 year old Caribbean Cask
43% ABV
£43.05 at MasterOfMalt

Nose.

Peaches, cream, apricot, pineapple, apple, vanilla, honey, talcum powder floral. The nose is very complex, rich and downright gorgeous.

Palate.

A fruit salad. Oily fulfilling mouthfeel. All the fruits from the nose plus more tropical notes. Honey, vanilla, creamy. A little pepper. Easy and smooth at 43%. I don’t know if it is because the Whisky is quite warm with the weather as hot as it is and that makes any difference, but this is really good stuff.

Finish.

Medium – long. The fruit sticks around, a little pepper. The the fruit is still lingering. It’s sweet and long lasting, some floral talcum is there as well as a little wood residue.

Adding water.

A small drop added. The floral is increased with the fruit taking more of a backstep. The palate is reduced in the mouthfeel department but is otherwise minimally effected with the water addition. The finish is slightly sweeter, but not quite as long. All in all. Personally. I prefer without water.

Conclusion.

It’s the first Balvenie I’ve tried (with the exception of a swig of double wood at a Xmas party), and I have to say I really like it. It’s deliciously fruity, moreish and I’m hungry now to try more of the series.

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Whisky Review – Glendronach Cask Strength batch 2

Glendronach cask strength batch 2.
55.2%ABV
£51.95 from MasterOfMalt

Second batch release of the glendronach cask strength series. Buckle up. Ride ahead!

Nose.

Ok. I was expecting a rougher ride as there is no age to this Whisky. But bugger me if it isn’t full,
Fruity, and damn right snifftastic! It’s hot, but the sherried, rum and raisin, fruitcake is all there in abundance. There’s a thick edge to the toffee sweet edge as well. It’s a very satisfying nose for a sherry head like myself!

Palate.

Sweet. Sherried dark fruits. Heat comes through. Dissipates and results in the rich fruitcake notes you’d expect. Toffee. Chewy. Heavy oily mouthfeel.

Finish. Medium

. Rich toffee and sherried oak stays around to a drying conclusion. Warm. And embracing.

Adding water.

Dollop into my dram! The nose has developed a little age! There is some polished wood in the mix now. Still thick toffee but with an air of aged wood dust, which while doesn’t sound appealing it actually is! Very appealing. The palate has a more levelled balance, mouthfeel slightly diminished, in favour of a fruitier balance. It’s really a special dram. If I was blind tasting some age would come into this which would not be accurate. The finish is smooth, warming and truly feels special. Thick toffied sherry malt dominates in a warming way. The end game is just plain relaxing and therapeutic!

Conclusion.

it’s a monster of the sherried variety. It gives what you would expect from glendroach if you know them. If you don’t. Then expect a good smooth sherried, spicy beast of a dram. It’s spicy. Easy and challenging at the same time if you want it to be! Full of the rich toffee, dark thick fruity moments that sometimes life needs to keep you on the path forward. It’s a bloody fulfilling experience.

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Whisky Review – Cutty Sark (cask strength and carry on edition)

Cutty Sark (cask strength and carry on edition)
51.4% ABV
£34.95 at MasterOfMalt

This is the third release from the boys at caskstrength.net. I have to say thank you as I was one of the lucky two that won bottles of cutty sark in their draw! Thanks guys. I’ve been a follower of what they have been doing since absolutely bloody loving their ‘b’ release last year. The Benriach was absolutely cracking and I wish I bought more! Here’s looking forward to the ‘d’ release…coming soon?!?! I’m hoping Dalmore. But who knows! Lol.

Nose.

Wisps of smoke. Grain. Yeast. A little youth on the nose. Fresh green apples. Vanilla. A little honey in the backdrop.

Palate.

Sweet. Very sweet. Wasn’t expecting that. Mouthfeel is viscous and full. Alcohol nip kicks in and out. Then we have honey, vanilla, creamy custard notes. Quite smooth despite its higher ABV. Got some grain to it. But that isn’t a bad thing. We like grain here! It’s creamy and very enjoyable. Well, this is very easy to drink without water. But I think it may change.

Finish.

Short-medium. Youth! Young spirit. Vanilla. Very creamy. Warming and quick and wanting to get in for another sip!

Adding water.

Dollop into my dram. Minimal change in the nose. Palate is lighter on the mouthfeel. Sweeter. But has more to it in terms of honey, cream, vanilla. And general scrumminess.

Conclusion.

It’s a blend. And an easy one. Very tasty indeed. Grainier than your average dram. But that’s not a bad thing for variation if your a single malt type. It’s actually really creamy, light, easy, Friday night after a shit week at work type dram. One to toast the crap away with! In fact. Right now. For me. It’s bloody perfect!

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Whisky Review – Benromach 10 year old

Benromach 10 year old
43% ABV
£31.09 from MasterOfMalt

Nose.

Quite smoky, bonfire. Salty brine. Vanilla. Light cream toffees. Honey. Apples. Quite hot on the nose.

Palate.

Vanilla. Light sweet peat. Honey. Creamy mouthfeel. Light and creamy. Some cereal and biscuit notes.

Finish.

Vanilla. Some salt. Smoke lingers. Light easy going biscuity malt.

Adding water.

Tiny drop added. The nose is more medicinal peat smoke now. Layers of vanilla, honey and light fruits are easier to identify with some pineapple coming into play. On the palate. Fruitier, still light and with a hint of peat sweet, but the fruit is more up front, with a honey vanilla development. Finish is still lovely and light, vanilla, honey, and a tiny amount of smoke.

Conclusion.

A very different speyside dram. Another good introductory dram for beginners who haven’t experienced peat, with a drop of water that peatiness can be toned out and it wouldn’t be wasted that way if the beginner didn’t like the peat smoke effect. It’s very light, no harshness there, nice and smooth for a 10 year old malt. It’s good stuff!

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