Wemyss Malts recently launched its latest wave of new rare single cask whiskies. These six expressions from the Wemyss Malt whisky range are named using the aromas and tastes of the whiskies to uniquely identify each bottling.
This wave of releases is in a brand-new design, with each label color-coded to match the flavor category it falls under: Sweet, Spicy, Smoky, Rich, Light, and Oily. Each also includes a bespoke decanter bottle, ornately illustrated labels and a gift box.
“Winter is all about treasuring time with loved ones over the festive period, with this in mind our latest selection of single casks convey an assortment of fortifying and warming flavours,” William Wemyss, Founder and Managing Director at Wemyss Malts, said in a prepared statement. “With this assortment of single casks from the spritely and sweet ‘Ultimate Apple Pie’ to the incredibly decadent Glenrothes aptly named “Clove Studded Oranges” and the show stopping 30-year-old Blair Athol named “Jam on Toast” we truly have something to please all whisky fans.”
The releases include the following:
- Bananas and Cream, a light single cask made from a grain whiskey from Strathclyde distillery was created in 2005 and bottled in 2021. It’s priced at £88 and the brand noted it has notes of sweet banana ice cream, meringue, lemon balm, and iced buns.
- Clove Studded Oranges from Speyside, Glenrothes distillery was created in 1996 and bottled in 2001 with only 187 bottles made. The brand noted it has notes of rich, deep orange flavors laced with intense cloves, dried fruits, and muscovado sugar.
- Jam on Toast is a spicy single cask from the Highland distillery of Blair Athol. It was distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2021 and is 30 years old. There were just 226 bottles made and official tasting notes show sweet rich fruit flavors with a slightly savory edge that evokes an array of rich fruits, plum, and orange jam with sultanas and complex wood spice.
- Kiwi and Chilli from Speyside, Glenrothes Distillery, was distilled in 1996 and just 282 bottles were made. The expression goes for £225 per bottle. Tasting notes outline kiwi fruits with spicy Jalapeños and sweet, glazed doughnuts, shortcakes, and cereal-rich depth. The honey-rich sweetness balances the zesty, exotic fruit, and chili spice.
- Sweet Disposition, from Speyside, Glen Keith Distillery, was distilled in 1996 and 492 bottles were made. Tasting notes include light and enticingly sweet with eucalyptus, honey, pear drops, Moffat toffee, lime cordial, and strawberry laces.
- Ultimate Apple Pie, a sweet single cask from Speyside, Glen Moray distillery, has notes of rich and seeded apple pie with allspice and sweetened shortcrust pastry, zesty green grapes, candy chews, and white icing. It was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2021, priced at £150.
“We have selected one very special bottling; a 30-year-old Blair Athol named “Jam on Toast” to be an exclusive release to our Wemyss Malts Cask Club members,” Kirsty Mackinnon, Brand Manager, Wemyss Malts, said. “Anyone interested may join the Cask Club free via our website. Whether you are a newcomer to whisky or an experienced imbiber the Wemyss Malts Cask Club also aims to delight and enlighten with regular features and competitions.”
Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.