Hello again and welcome to another daily dram courtesy of Secret Spirits. Today we are in for a treat as we get to try the batch strength version of Wemyss Malts extremely popular Blended Malt Scotch Whisky called The Hive. You can read about the original here from way back in the 1st edition Day 7.
I will take this moment for those of you that are new to this experience to talk about the Blended Malt category. This is the most confused category in the Scotch Whisky world because of that word “blend”. A Blended Malt is a combination of Single Malts and can be far more interesting than a Single Malt in isolation. The word blend is the crucial misdirection piece that in the minds of most consumers takes them to inexpensive Blended Scotch Whiskies that are a combination of Single Malt and Single Grain and mostly at a very young age. So if you love Single Malts then I challenge you to open your mind to thinking about this category as just more of what you already love.
Wemyss Malts – The Hive – Batch Strength 54.5% – combination Bourbon and Sherry casks Blended Malt.
Colour: No caramel use here so only what the casks bring to the table. Lovely rolled gold.
Nose: Thick raw unadulterated Drizzle Honey over rich milk chocolate and vanilla wafers. I think this is one of the most inviting nosing experiences in the 4th edition so far. Lets just dive right in.
Palate: Crunchie chocolate bar – seriously that chocolate covered dark honeycomb is all my mind and palate can focus on (one of my favorites as a kid).
Finish: Bitter dark chocolate and a wisp of smokiness perhaps lingering on with the ever present richness of the honey that won’t quit.
This definitely a step up from the previous version of the Hive and shows how a higher ABV can do wonders for the complex flavors of a whisky. Splash away if you like as this has plenty of room to maneuver.
In the 3rd edition on this day we had the Single Cask Nation Loch Lomond (Croftengea) that blew many of you away.
Don’t forget about Scotch Trooper. If you have not signed up for his blog or Instagram account you need to get on it.
Tomorrow we are off to Whisky geekdom with the boys at Lost Distillery Company for something from their older selection Archivist Range.
For those of you that really enjoyed the Hive Batch strength the good news is that we secured some full bottles so please send me off an email and we can help you make it happen.
Until the morrow