A Trio of Single Cask Wemyss Malts

Earlier this year I had a pleasant day trip visiting Kingsbarns Distillery in Fife.  

I was lucky enough to leave with some samples of their distillery exclusive single cask bottlings.

Gorse Heath (16y.o Mortlach) IB, Wemyss Malts, 46%abv.

On the nose there are spiced green apples and unripe pineapples mixed a green wood element, a light touch of vanilla and a savoury element I couldn’t really put my finger on.  The palate is quite light but savoury. The fruitier elements dissipates to leave tea tannins, redcurrants and drying spices. The finish continues to dry the palate with the introduction of some oak notes and a dry woodiness and perhaps also the faintest touch of soft, old leather.

Herbs and Butterscotch (19y.o Glen Grant) IB, Wemyss Malts, 46%abv

The nose lives up to its name. There is a big hint of fudge and butterscotch here but with deep citrus and wood notes followed by a slight pepperiness. The palate itself moves quickly from the initial fudgy-ness to turn quite grassy before the emergence of some wood notes and a vaguely mineral texture. If it is possible for a dram to finish both sweet and savoury then this does, a real explosion on the palate.

Flotsam and Jetsam, (23yo Glen Scotia) IB, Wemyss Malts, 46%abv

The nose is both very coastal and very fruity. Sea spray covering apricots and apples with notes of candy floss and honey underneath. The palate is very tangy, fruity with strong coastal notes before the emergence of some light pencil shavings. The finish is quite short and gentle. The brine fades to leave a pleasant, lingering dryness.

All three drams were definitely on the savoury end of the spectrum and I very much enjoyed each one. If I had to pick a favourite however it would be the Flotsam and Jetsam, that fantastic sea spray and fruit note really stood out.

I did receive a fourth sample which very much deserves a review all on its own. Watch this space…

Thanks again to Kingsbarns Distillery and Wemyss Malts for the samples.

Each of these single cask releases are available direct from the distillery or from its online shop here..

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