Nose: Given the age of this old Islay, the initial nose is surprisingly fresh and bright with crisp citrus notes of lemon lime and fresh foliage. The aromas then shift into fatty oily notes of buttered scallops and a camphoric mild menthol smoke like an elegant cocktail or old wooden fishing boat.
Palate: Mineralic like steak tartare and bursting with citrus, salt and herbal coriander notes like a Salsa Verde. The body is thick, mouth coating and oily with gentle spices of caraway and smoked green chillies.
Finish: A very mild, elegant old smoke lingers like glowing embers in a grand stone fireplace.
The Wemyss Family itself comes from Fife, Scotland, and their home since the turn of the 13th century, is Wemyss Castle which sits on top of an outcrop of rocks and caves three hundred feet above the Firth of Forth looking back towards Edinburgh.
The family have had a longstanding passion for malt whisky and their connections with the industry date back to the turn of the 19th century when John Haig (founder of Haig's) built his first distillery on Wemyss land. Even today barley from the Wemyss Estate is prized by many of the leading distillers, and Cameron Bridge distillery is located just a few miles from the castle.
With this passion came the gradual realisation that, even for the knowledgeable consumer, much of the malt whisky terminology can be confusing. Our range of hand crafted malts was conceived with the aim of making them more accessible and understandable. We use the taste and aromas of the individual whiskies to identify each bottling, rather than the distillery, so the consumer can easily understand the style being purchased.