The United States of America, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave and Bastion of the craziest alcohol laws anywhere on earth. Tapping your Day 2 cubby hole and pulling out your dram you may be forgiven for a bit of confusion. The title of this whisky is indeed “Treacle Chest” however as you can see on that label in your hand it clearly states “Wooden Chest”.
The reason for this is the labelling requirements of the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, United States Department of Treasury. No wonder they are simply known as the TTB. Any flavor definition like Treacle for example could imply that such flavor was actually added to the whisky rather than just being a tasting note or brand name.
Wemyss Malts loves to give each and every limited edition or single cask a tasting note name that gives you a rough idea of the flavor profile. Treacle Chest sounds inviting and delicious. Wooden Chest sounds dry and mothball like but it was the best we could do.
Blended Malts are a difficult category because most of us when reading a whisky label see the word “blend” and stop reading right there. The category used to be Vatted Malt but the Scotch Whisky Association thought that it was to confusing so decided to have two categories starting with the word blend instead because that wouldnt be confusing at all…right?
Single Malt whisky has become for most Scotch drinkers the pinnacle of the Scotch Whisky experience. The mechanics of Scotch Whisky making for big brands discates that the vast majority of Single Malts are a vatting of 100’s if not 1000’s of barrels from the same distillery. A blended malt whisky is made up of 100% Single Malt casks but from more than one distillery. For a limited edition blended malt like Treacle Chest the number of casks is very small. In this instance only 6,300 700ml bottles or 14 casks. Treacle Chest is only mae up of 2 Highland Distilleries and all the casks were 1st Fill Ex Sherry Hogsheads.
Blended malts are some of the most delicious whiskies I have ever had so for me opening your mind and tastebuds and showcasing this delicious category for all it can be is a high priority.
Wemyss Malts Treacle Chest Blended Malt – 46% non chill filtered, no caramel – 6300 bottles – 14 x 1st Fill Sherry Hogsheads.
Colour: Tinged amber sherry hues abound tailing to fine gold at the edges. Lovely looking whisky.
Nose: Stewed plums and dates in butter sauce. Very Sticky Date Toffee Pudding…..mmmmm one of my favorite desserts.
Palate: Oh yeah this is delivering that nose. 46% is spreading everything nicely like butter on toast. This is sticky date pudding complete with a swirl of fresh cream and toffee sauce. Im loving this and it’s nice to know that out there somewhere are several thousand bottles in the market that you can snap up and add to your whisky cupboard.
Finish: Toffee is the fading note for me as the sweetness drops off and leaves a dry date and raisin note. Not a super long finish but works perfectly with the weight and balance of this dram.
On day 2 in our 4th edition as seems to be an ongoing tradition now we had another delicious blended malt with the Wemyss Malts Spice King Batch Strength.
Tomorrow we travel back in time through the skills of those awesome guys at Lost Distillery Company.
Until then my friends drink hearty and often.