Wemyss Malts releases single-cask and blended whiskies


lord elchoWemyss Malts has added a new blended whisky without an age statement alongside its 15-year-old blend Lord Elcho.

The new release is crafted from a selection of fine malt and grain whiskies with a high 40% malt whisky content. The nose is fresh and lively, with notes of fruit salad and fragrant wood shavings.

The palate is full and soft, with waves of chewy caramel and a warm spiciness. Its finish is dry and long, with hints of crushed nuts.

It follows the launch of the 15-year-old blended Lord Elcho in 2012. It is named after the 18th-century ancestor of Wemyss Malts founder William Wemyss who was a loyal supporter to Bonnie Prince Charlie and led his lifeguards at the Battle of Culloden during the ill-fated Jacobite uprising in 1745.

For his part in the uprising, Elcho was stripped of his title and lands and exiled to France, never returning to his native Scotland.

William said: “The continued growth of Scotch whisky across the world has encouraged us to launch our second entrant into the blended Scotch segment.”

Wemyss Malts continues with its range of single-cask single-malt Scotch whiskies that are named after their natural taste and aroma with five new releases this month.

Each cask is a celebration of the unique and contrasting appeals of the different Scotch whisky regions. The latest release covers the three regions of Islay, Highlands, and Lowlands.

William said: “It’s becoming increasingly difficult to source high-quality single casks to continue to refresh our list with exciting new whiskies, so we are thrilled to present these releases.”

The new releases are:

Apple Basket, a 1997 single cask from Clynelish, Highlands
Lead on Macduff!, a 2002 single cask from Macduff, Highlands
The Bosun’s Dram, a 1997 single cask from Bunnahabhain, Islay
Peat Smoked Herring, a 2001 single cask from Bowmore, Islay
Lemon Zest, a 1998 single cask from Auchentoshan, Lowlands

Each cask has been selected and named by the Wemyss tasting panel, under whisky specialist Charlie Maclean.

There are only a few hundred bottles from each cask and the suggested retail prices range from £65 to £75.

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