Whisky Review – Wemyss Velvet Fig

Wemyss Velvet Fig
Non-chill filtered
No added colouring
46% ABV
£35.99 available from Whisky Galore at the Green Welly Stop

Release info:
Independent bottler Wemyss Malts is launching a luxurious new limited edition to complement its award-winning blended malts range. The new ‘Velvet Fig’ comprises specially selected single malts matured wholly in ex Oloroso sherry casks, evoking rich autumn and winter fruits and spices.

Knowing their customers’ passion for whiskies matured in ex Sherry casks, Wemyss Malts has created this no-age statement expression to diversify their existing line-up and is its first blended malt to be non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46% abv. With a limited release of just 6000 bottles globally, it is presented in a gift carton and available in specialist spirits stores at around £40.

Nose.

Initially dusty cocoa. Walnuts. Fig pudding. Candied orange peel. Toasted Oak. Time in the glass and more deep rich dark fruits come forward. Amaretto soaked raisin. Plums. Cherries. Apricot. Burnt brown sugar. Lots of chocolate flavoured fudge. Fruitcake of course. Cinnamon, liquorice, a touch of pipe tobacco. An exceptionally Christmas nose!

Palate.

Rich, fattening and sweet arrival. Caramel. Then the fruit comes in waves. Raisin, plums, stewed apple, cherries, all with an added layering of spices. Fruitcake mix. Cherry stones. Sweet toffee. Chocolate. Baked clove oranges. Lovely coating mouthfeel. Tonnes of flavour in this, varying slightly on every sip. And each sip is scrumptious. Ok. I’m really loving this.

Finish.

Sweet. Spicy and warming. Nuttiness and baked fruit hangs around for a medium length finish. Drying out with some walnut skin and oak. Feels like Christmas.

Adding water.

Added a small drop as I’ve nearly ran out of sipping material here it’s lush! The nose fruitier fog pudding material now, less of the chocolate. A touch more clove on the nose. The palate is sweeter, lighter in texture, but then the waves of fruit come again, loads of it, possibly not quite as rich as before, and with more sugar sweetness. The finish retains loads of fruit, cherry stones migrating more from the palate to the finish. Glorious stuff, so warming, and seasonal.

Conclusion.

Like sherry drams? Love this! It is bloody gorgeous. It reminds me of some of the best sherry monsters you can get and then watered to the right level, where you have the perfect balance of sweetness, fruits, nuts and sherry. Dammit. Nail very much on the head with this one. My sherry headed nuttiness has just come back into full effect. Christmas on steroids in a glass. I’ve just found my Christmas present to myself.

Many Thanks to Wemyss for the review sample.

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