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Brands and Distilleries : Wemyss Vintage Malts

Issue 122 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 122

Is Craft an Expression of Skill, Aberlour, Flavoured Whiskies, Glen Grant

 

Wemyss Vintage Malts

Wemyss Vintage Malts Apple Pastry 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 ?Nothing wrong with this, perhaps a little dry for my tastes, but has some interesting top notes to explore.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Apples and Pears 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A strange package that almost works.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Autumn Berries 1986 26 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Deceptive. The nose is fresh and fragrant. But the palate does not deliver much and the finish is so short.

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Wemyss Vintage Malts Autumn Leaves 12 Years Old 1997
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A fresh and balanced dram. Easy going, straightforward, cheerful. A perfect appetiser.

Wemyss Vintage Malts BBQ Sauce 1990 19 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
7 A perfectly pleasant potation.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Billowing Embers 1997
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 The cask was obviously not active. Not unpleasant but a bit basic. Might be refreshing with ice on a hot (Islay?) day.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Bonfires on the Beach 1997 11 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A pleasant young islander (an Ileach obviously). Refreshing,wrapped in smoke,easygoing. To quench the thirst after a walk.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Dried Fruit Basket
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 That raw sulphury edge suggests an immature whisky or one where there's been little communication between cask and whisky.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Flowers of Scotland 1991 18 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Wemyss manage to produce highly quaffable bottlings. This is good but just lacks the cohesion that would elevate it to a higher level.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Fruit and Nut Fudge 1989 20 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 While this doesn't set the house on fire,it's eminently drinkable.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Fruit Bonbons 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 An invigorating whisky. Perky, refreshing, leaving a clean taste on the palate. It gives an uplift on a misty morning.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Honey Comb 14 Years Old 1994
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.00%
7 A sweet and frisky dram. Clean,Straightforward. Refreshing.

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Wemyss Vintage Malts Honey Smoke 13 Years Old 1996
Blended Malt - Scotland - 59.60%
8 An enticing islander. A dash of water gives a velvety feel but in the same time, enhances the sootiness, hence a dusty feel on the tongue.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Honey Spice 1991
Blended - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Balanced and with good energy.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Lemon Smoke 1996 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 Solid and distinctly ‘Islay' in character.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Oak Apple 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A whispering whisky,especially on the nose. Will not stand in front of big guys in tastings.But I like its fresh delicacy.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Peat Chimney 5 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 If it's a chimney it's one above a sweet shop.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Peat Chimney 8 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Well put together.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Salt & Pepper 1997
Blended - Scotland - 56.20%
7 Has good balance and decent complexity.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Salted Caramel
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 ?Doesn't sing out as loudly as one would hope for - it's certainly pleasant, but not hugely exciting.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Salted Caramel
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 ?Bold, spicy and peppery with a dynamic dry smoke. Anyone fancy a Jalfrezi?

Wemyss Vintage Malts Salted Caramel
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 ?Doesn't sing out as loudly as one would hope for - it's certainly pleasant, but not hugely exciting.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Smoked Cheese 1996 13 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Good but lacks mid-palate weight.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Smooth Gentleman
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
7 It was all going so well...

Wemyss Vintage Malts Smooth Gentleman
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Certainly lives up to its name.

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Wemyss Vintage Malts Smooth Gentleman 5 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 Maybe just a little too eager to please, but maybe I'm just too hard to please.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Smooth Gentleman 8 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A perfectly pleasant and slightly plump dram.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Spice King
Blended Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 Best neat.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Spice King
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A very gentle dram with fruit edges. One for sipping while cooking.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Spice King 5 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Nice.. really nice but not with a wow factor.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Spice King 8 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
7 Another which collapses with water.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Spice King, 12 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A lovely whisky with a hole in the middle ! A higher alcohol strength would have made a big difference.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Spiced Apples 14 Years Old 1995
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 The nose promised more sweetness than the palate delivered. A little disappointing. Needs time to open.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Sugared Almonds 1982 30 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The persistence of time has been kind to this, up to a point. Some lovely fruity creaminess if you can get past the oak.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Summer Orchard 2000
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A pleasant refreshing feel on the palate but a thin aromatic profile.

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Wemyss Vintage Malts The Almond Tree
- Scotland - 46.00%
8 Quietly understated. An Edinburgh lawyer (but with a personality).

Wemyss Vintage Malts The Fruit Bowl 20 Years Old 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A cousin of the previous sample? Maybe creamier and softer though. But there is still a gap between nose and palate.

Wemyss Vintage Malts The Hive 8 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
7 A well structured dram but the oakiness is a bit too blatant for me.

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Wemyss Vintage Malts The Hive, 12 Years Old
Blended Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 The style of soothing dram you enjoy in summer on a warm afternoon. It will not fly you to the moon but it will take your stress away.

Wemyss Vintage Malts The Spice King 5 Years Old
- Scotland - 43.00%
6 An aperitif. The oak suggests flavours not interacted as yet.

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Wemyss Vintage Malts Tropical Spice 19 Years Old 1990
Blended Malt - Scotland - 59.40%
8 On the edge of being too woody but manages to keep a pleasant balance if you give it time, peace and quiet ! A tribute to old age?

Wemyss Vintage Malts Vanilla Summer 1997
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A wee charmer.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Whispering Smoke 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Perfectly sound but I'd prefer more depth (and that doesn't mean heaviness) for a 30 Years Old.

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Wemyss Vintage Malts Ginger Compote, 1996 15 Years Old
Blended - Scotland - 43.00%
7 Great balance - true to its distillery character but a slightly softer edge than usual.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Toasted Oats 2002
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Needs more assertive wood. Should really be further along at this age.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Sea Smoke (Caol Ila)
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
4 A beautiful wintery outdoor dram. Reminiscent of Islay on a dricht (dull) day with the warming scent of peat fires.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Lemon Grove 1989 (Cragganmore)
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A cool summer dessert that acts as an ideal wake-me-up.

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Wemyss Vintage Malts Mocha Spice 21 Years Old, 1990
Blended Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Good palate whisky, but keep the water on the side.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Honey Harvest 13 Years Old 1997
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Has substance but light enough to make a fine aperitif/Highball.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Lord Elcho
Blended - Scotland - 40.00%
8 The air the day after a hippy festival leaves town. Scented and earthy.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Freshly Cut Grass
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Like No2 this is delicate but while that shows good distillery character this just seems not quite fully formed. Pleasant, but pleasant isn't enough after two decades.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Rum 'n' Raisin 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 A pleasant summer dram. The nose delivers more than the palate though. To try with a bowl of strawberries and yoghurt.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Smokehouse 1996
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 A well-balanced islander. Again, a summer dram. With shellfish. It does not need water for me.

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Wemyss Vintage Malts Winter Spice 1982
Single Malt - Scotland - 44.40%
8 A lovely dram. Sensuous and complex.

Wemyss Vintage Malts 1998, Lemon Zest
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Round, sweet and well balanced. Like a packet of Starburst sweets.

Wemyss Vintage Malts 2001, Peat Smoked Herring
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 I'll take a case. Lovely stuff.

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