Wemyss Malts Debuts Two Highland Scotch Malt Whiskies - The Whiskey Wash

Wemyss Malts Debuts Two Highland Scotch Malt Whiskies

By Nino Marchetti / July 9, 2019

Wemyss Malts is a family run, independent Scotch whisky bottler based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Known primarily for relatively affordable malt whisky releases, one of their primary line ups is their Family Collection range. It is to this range two new bottlings were recently added.

Blooming Gorse and Flaming Feast, according to those behind them, are two new blended Scotch malt whiskies drawn primarily from distilleries in the Highlands region in Scotland. Both are non-chill filtered and of natural color, being as well bottled at 46% ABV.

The brief we set for these blended malts was to really illustrate the diversity of Highland malt whisky and show that there really is no one Highland regional style,” said Wemyss Malts brand manager Steven Shand in a prepared statement. “Casks selected for the Family Collection are always very well balanced with active oak therefore the recipes were purposely kept simple. We selected casks from only a few single malt varieties for each blend to find complementing flavours that establish depth and complexity once combined and left to marry.”

Wemyss Malts Blooming Gorse and Flaming Feast

Wemyss Malts’ Blooming Gorse and Flaming Feast whiskies (image via Wemyss Malts)

The specifics of each as put forth by Wemyss Malts are as follows:

  • ‘Blooming Gorse’ is the third release of the Wemyss Family Collection range. It is a combination of two Highland single malts matured in a total of fifteen 1st fill ex-bourbon barrels and 1st fill ex-bourbon hogsheads. Blooming Gorse is a malty and floral Highland Scotch whisky with the fresh notes of coconut, gorse flowers and vanilla. 6900 bottles have been produced. 
  • ‘Flaming Feast’ created as the fourth release of the Wemyss Family Collection range, is a combination of fifteen casks from two smoky single malt distilleries from the east Highlands and west coast, Inner Hebrides. Contrasting sweet and maritime smokes, as well as maturation in either 1st fill bourbon barrels or spicy de-charred and re-charred American oak casks lead to a mouth-watering and complex whisky. The 6000 bottle release of Flaming Feast is noted for a complex mix of sweet and savoury smoke, heather-honey and wood spice. 

As it stands now plans call for these two bottlings to be available in select global markets, including the UK, EU and Asia, for price points of £46 (around $60 USD) for Blooming Gorse and £48 (around $60 USD) for Flaming Feast.