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Review: three Wemyss Vintage Malts

April 5th, 2009

I first wrote about Wemyss whiskies  last year here . Below are my reviews of them.

Wemyss Vintage Malts “The Peat Chimney”, 8 year old, 40%, $40
Aggressive earthy smoke, tar, fiery pepper, bath soap and ginger tamed by toffee and ripe malt. Lingering smoldering peat, anise and tobacco. For those who like smoky whiskies young, aggressive and unabashed.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 82

Wemyss Vintage Malts “The Spice King”, 8 year old, 40%, $40
Nectarine, tangerine, toffee and vanilla on the nose. There’s teasing smoke too, if you look for it. The sweet fruity notes start the beginning of the palate too. Then cinnamon, nutmeg, cut hay and smoke kick in. Lingering cracked pepper, clove and distant smoke. Good gritty texture. Dynamic stuff for a young whisky.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 82

Wemyss Vintage Malts “The Smooth Gentleman”, 8 year old, 40%, $40
Indeed, smooth and malty, with vanilla, shortbread, golden raisin and macadamia nuts. Light oak spice emerges in on a fairly quick finish. (It is only 8 years old, after all.) Pleasant and easy-going.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 79

5 Responses to “Review: three Wemyss Vintage Malts”

  1. rich says:

    sounds like an interesting trio! a nice flight in their own right… a flight would be all i needed, though. not sure i need to own full bottles. 😉

    • John Hansell says:

      Rich, after tasting some of them, you just migh want to own a full bottle. Ya never know! As with all whiskies, “try before you buy” is the best advice.

  2. Tim says:

    John, where might one find Wemyss vintage malts? I went to my three tried and true sources (PA LCB, Binny’s, then Wine-searcher) and got no hits….

  3. David T. says:

    I saw these 3 Wemyss vintage malts in stock yesterday at the BevMo in San Francisco that I usually visit.

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