Advent Day 4 – Wemyss “Peat Chimney” 12 Year Old Blended Malt | Blog #36

G’day everyone and welcome to day 4.

Feels like we have already been on this trip together for a while and I love that plenty are getting into the comments section to have their say.

Having been promoting whisky for a long time I completely understand the nature of the “Islay Geek”. If you are one of them then you have been patiently putting up with all this prissy Speyside nonsense waiting for the first “real” whisky.

I didn’t want you to wait to long, as time without an Islay infusion can begin to manifest in some serious withdrawal symptoms.

Not wanting to be responsible for the inevitable backlash here we have our first Islay offering.

Blended Malt has long been a very confusing term for consumers. As soon as the word blend is mentioned most straight away think of low priced Scotches packed with a high percentage of young grain and just a touch of young malt. With different terms bandied about the Scotch Whisky Association decided that Blended Malt would convey the true meaning easily and succinctly, unfortunately it has not been the clear message to the consumer that was intended.

A combination of Single Malt Whiskies from multiple distilleries, blended malts can definitely be greater than the sum of their parts.

Think about taking the best characteristics of two or more Single Malts and combining them in perfect harmony to produce a symphony of complexity.

Whisky: Wemyss “Peat Chimney” 12 yo blended malt

*Multiple Casks – Various Islay Malts – 40%*

Wemyss Wemyss “Peat Chimney” 12yo

Colour: Burnt Gold

Nose: Starry night beach party complete with open fire, salty sea air and hint of burnt marshmallow.

Taste: Surprisingly soft – Sweet earthy peat flavors interwoven with wisping tobacco and just the tiniest hint of dark fruitcake.

Finish: As expected the finish lingers with rolling smoky toffee notes evolving into a dark double espresso finish.

Water: No way!

**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.

At 40% Peat Chimney drinks super soft and smooth and would engage even the most Islay averse whisky drinker to rethink how soft an Islay malt can be.

For those that want to try this amazing dram on a larger scale the initial 60 bottles are available only from the following great retailers this year:

Alberta

Alberta Locations

If you’re having a hard time finding this great whisky, pop into you local liquor store and ask them to order some in. Quote SKU 768135

Saskatchewan

Ingredients Artisan Market

**Further distribution of this delicious whisky will happen in 2015.

So with the Islay faithful safely taken care of and tucked away for the night we forge on unto dawn for our next stop……

See you for day 5 …

Slainte!

Wemyss Malts Website

8 comments

  1. Johnny Fever says:

    I love the peaty ones! I’ve always had a bias against blends myself – for no good reason I suppose. I definitely enjoyed this one and would never have known it was a blend. Bias corrected.

  2. Les SCHEELAR says:

    Great campfire nose with subtle touch of sweetness. This is a little closer to what I’m used to but I agree with Johnny…had no idea a blend could be this good. Soft but flavourful. Smoked oysters with a touch of seaweed. So far my favourite…

    • Jonathan Bray says:

      Glad we didn’t hold out too long on having an Islay whisky in the calendar. Remember that this is a Blended Malt with no grain whisky included.

  3. Chad Yaeck says:

    Nose: Horse leather, salt, candy over ripe banana
    Taste: as Jonathan mentioned I taste earthy and muskeg tobacco
    Finish: light cigar tobacco aftertaste (takes me to Cuba again 🙂 )

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