Welcome to KWM Whisky Advent Day 3!
Day 3′s selection is a Blended Malt Scotch whisky, Wemyss The Hive 12 Year. Blended Malts are a category made more confusing by the SWA (Scotch Whisky Association), when a number of years back when they changed the rules governing the categories of Scotch Whisky. They abolished the centuries old terms Pure Malt and Vatted Malt, which referred to a blend of two or more malt whiskies, but no grains, and replaced them with the confusing term Blended Malt. The confusion comes in the association most consumers draw between Blended Scotch Whisky and Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. Rightly or not, the Blended Scotch Whisky category has some negative connotations surrounding it.
The Wemyss family are of ancient Scottish stock. They have been in the wine trade for generations and it was on their land that John Haig, founder of ‘Haig’s', built his distillery in the late 1700′s. The Wemyss family has been in the whisky business for a number of decades with both blended malts and independent bottlings of single malts in their stable. They just recently built their own distillery, Kingsbarns, which we will start seeing bottled in the years ahead (2-8). I visited the distillery in June and it is a wonderful addition to the expanding stable of boutique Scottish distilleries. The Hive 12 Year is a Blended Malt Scotch Whisky consisting of Speyside whiskies matured in First Fill and Refill Sherry casks, bottled at 40%.
Wemyss The Hive 12 Year -40% – Refill & First Fill Sherry -Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: the nose is very honeyed and fruity with some earthy tones and musty oak; a touch of fruit leather and freshly polished shoes; there are some delicate spices, orange and Demerara notes too; Palate: the palate is very sweet, honeyed and fruity with building dark spices; the fruits becomes darker (dates and figs) as the spices darken to licorice and clove, but the honey is ever present; the orange and Demerara notes are still in the mix along with some coarse leather and soft earthy tones; Finish: honey and spices linger long on the tongue, some thin creamy elements coat the palate with faint traces of dark fruit, leather and spice disapear; Comment: when I think honey, I think American oak, cream, vanilla and honeycomb, but there is a lot of honey here event with the weighty sherry! - $76.99 (Presently Out of Stock in Alberta)
If you are wondering where the above photo was shot I’ll give you a hint, I’m in Vancouver tonight for a tasting. At an old hotel…
Stay tuned for Day 4 of KWM Whisky Advent Tomorrow