I had the pleasure of meeting Steven of Wemyss Malts recently at a warehouse tasting for our Netherlands distributor, and immediately got a better sense of how Wemyss works and what they do. Essentially, Charlie Maclean finds casks of whisky that then go to a tasting panel that select the single casks and choose the names for them.
But the company isn’t afraid to innovate and experiment, so Steven was given a pretty free hand in creating this edition finished in Madeira casks. He clearly knows what he’s doing, being an ex-SMWS tasting panel member, and packaging-wise this one looks the part too being one of the most eye-catching bottles/boxes. But who cares about packaging (ooooo shiny), how’s it taste?
Wemyss The Nectar Grove 46%
Colour: Dark Gold
Nose: Really fresh, fruity, white grape, a little elastic rubber that comes and goes, but lovely melon, some lemon peel, malt behind, spearmint.
Taste: Soft and silky, vanilla, fresh fruit, melon, lemon and juniper, a little spice grows, green grape.
Finish: Long length. Tingling white pepper, green grape, very fresh.
2x Highland malt whiskies, finished and married in Madeira casks for 8 months then further marriage in refill casks. A real summer whisky. Very pleasant and sippable. This is such a drinkable, outdoor-in-the-sun style of whisky.
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Whisky Network Review #745
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65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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