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Singlemalting #238 – 6th Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar Day 12 Wemyss Malts Lord Elcho

Today we have the sole Blended Scotch Whisky in the 6th edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar. Coming from those able folk at Wemyss Malts the Lord Elcho is their only Blended Scotch brand.

Some of you may remember all the way back to the 1st Edition and the 15 Year Old Lord Elcho that was found on day 10. This particular edition is the little brother to that dram at a more entry level pricepoint but the same percentage of Single Grain to Single Malt 60% to 40%. That is a very high percentage of malt for such an inexpensive blend.

As a throwback to that 1st edition here is a snippet of info about Lord Elcho and why he is front and center on the Wemyss Blend.

Lord Elcho, 1721-1787, was the eldest son of the 5th Earl of Wemyss, one of the current company owners’ ancestors. Courageous and loyal, Lord Elcho was the commander of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army. After the Jacobites’ defeat at the battle of Culloden in 1746, Elcho was exiled to France – never to return to his native Scotland.

Lord Elcho Blended Scotch Whisky

Wemyss Malts Lord Elcho Blended Scotch Whisky – NAS – 40% abv

Colour:        Light Gold. Even though this is youngish whisky Wemyss do not colour it like so many inexpensive blends.

Nose:            Very fresh, apples, pears, hints of malt, certainly a young nose but very pleasant.

Palate:           Candy apple. Like a green granny smith with the sticky red toffee coating. Bing, that it 100% what this whisky is saying to my palate. Nice and light. A very easy drinking dram with enough sweetness and a touch of crisp fruit to carry it all along.

Finish:        Longer than I was expecting with a tingle of oaky spice at the end.

A delicious little blended Scotch that shows well with the high malt content. Without the mass quantities of blended Scotches sold around the world we would not be able to find any delicious single and blended malts on any shelves.

It will be really interesting to see how all the blind tasting goes today with the boys in NZ and Foodquig. Can they pick the blended Scotch?

So to see for yourself how everyone does on today’s blended Scotch you will want to go and check out our guest Youtubers at Single Malt Review in New Zealand. Whisky Whistle in Canada and Scotch Test Dummies in the US. Plus the bonus Food Quig reviews.

On day 12 of the 5th edition we had the Lost Distillery Company Stratheden Classic blended malt.

Tomorrow we are boarding another ferry to the islands for something truly epic from Douglas Laing.

Well we are at the tipping point tomorrow where we start to head down the hill to Christmas day. Hard to beleive that we are half way through the 6th edition. Thanks so much for joining in again.

See you on the morrow.

Cheers

Jonathan

Till you’re blind – the FUN way to Taste Whisky | Blog # 69

There is nothing I like more than getting blind with whisky… and by that I mean not knowing what you are tasting.

There is something inherit in all of us that despite promising ourselves we will keep an open mind and not be biased that reacts when we see

a.     Packaging

b.     Age Statement

c.     Type of Whisky or Whiskey

d.     Distillery

All of the above can already predetermine a jaded or eager approach to the contents of the glass before us.

Take all that away and you are left perhaps somewhat floundering without a foundation or point of reference. It is by far the best way to taste whisky and also by far the scariest. Throw into the mix an intimate gathering of 30 people and yours truly poking and prodding for you to give your input on the completely unknown dram and it can be downright frightening. At least that is until the first few drams are safely tucked away.

This is the stage that was set for a fun tasting at Keg N Cork in Edmonton last week. An opportunity to run through 7 whiskies that were all part of the 1st Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar from Independent Bottler’s Wemyss Malts, Samaroli and A.D. Rattray.

All people had to go on was what was in their glass. Color, nose and flavor were the only indicators of what lay within. Running through the 7 whiskies twice, everyone had a chance for a re-visit that included the revealing of each whisky and also to see the effect of a little time in the glass.

The whiskies in question were:

1.     Samaroli 2009 MacDuff 5 Year Old Single Malt – American Oak 1st Fill

2.     Wemyss Lord Elcho 15 Year Old Blended Scotch

3.     Samaroli 1996 Glentauchers 17 Year Old Single Malt – American Oak

4.     Samaroli 1997 Isle of Jura 16 Year Old Single Malt – American Oak

5.     Samaroli 1993 Sherry Glen Scotia 21 Year Old Single Malt – European Oak

6.     Wemyss Peat Chimney 12 Year Old Blended Malt

7.     A.D. Rattray 1999 Bowmore 14 Year Old – Sherry European Oak

Covering Single Malt, Blended Malt and a premium Blended Scotch made for a really diverse tasting.

The opinions and feedback on the whiskies were every bit as diverse as the group attending. Once everyone warmed up to the realization that there was no wrong opinions and that everyone had their own unique palate all sorts of wonderful flavors began to come out.

The addition of a little water and the extra time in glass also revealed how whisky can change to all present. The extra time in glass which is seldom a feature of most peoples whisky routine had the biggest impact with a lot more bouquet and range of flavors the result.

For my individual tasting notes on the dram’s above you can find them on my blog’s here:

1. Blog #47

2. Blog #42

3. Blog #52

4. Blog #44

5. Blog #54

6. Blog #36

7. Blog #56

Lionel and Dave at Keg N Cork put on a fantastic event complete with a meat and cheese tray which paired really well with different whiskies as the night wore on. Making it a point of pride for the excellent retailer, Keg N Cork have built up one of the best whisky selections in Edmonton and is a must visit for any whisky lover.

What a great way to spend a night and to continue on a whisky journey of discovery. It was exciting to meet many people that were at their first ever whisky tasting telling me that it was most definitely not their last. This is one aspect of what I do that I love the most. Spending time with like minded people and discovering how fun and amazing this drink that we love is. See slide show below …

If you are new to whisky or if you are a seasoned veteran there is something special, fun and challenging in a blind tasting. Alas, they are few and far between if you would like to experience one and have not yet had the chance.

Part of a club or attend regular tastings at your favorite whisky retailer? Then perhaps you can suggest to those in charge that they should throw a wrench in the mix and work on a blind tasting sometime soon.

I look forward to hopefully seeing your smiling and perhaps somewhat bemused face at a blind tasting near you.

Cheers!

Advent Day 10 – Wemyss Lord Elcho 15 Year Old Blended Malt | Blog #42

Blended Scotch – a combination of Single Malt and Single Grain whisky is by far the driving force behind Scotch Sales worldwide. Mostly scoffed at by Whisky aficionados as raw and harsh, blended Scotch is seen as the drink for the masses providing an ok experience but nothing special.

Times my friends are a changing. With Single Malt stocks not able to keep up with demand no doubt you have seen an increase in price of your favorite dram lately. A new generation of “Premium” blended Scotches have hit the market to fill the gap.

These blended Scotches have much higher percentages of Single Malt than most and offer a delicious alternative at a reasonable price while still bearing an age statement.

Wemyss, like many independent bottlers, wanted to tap into this market with a premium blend of their own. It seemed fitting in taking you on a complete journey through all the different Scotch Styles in this 1st Edition that we touched down at least once on the Blended Scotch landscape. Certainly a premium 15 Year Old is a good place to make this stop.

Whisky: Lord Elcho 15 yo blended scotch whisky

*40% Alcohol – 40% Single Malt and 60% Single Grain*

Plenty of Sherried casks used.

Lord Elcho, 1721-1787, was the eldest son of the 5th Earl of Wemyss, one of the current company owners’ ancestors. Courageous and loyal, Lord Elcho was the commander of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army. After the Jacobites’ defeat at the battle of Culloden in 1746, Elcho was exiled to France – never to return to his native Scotland.

Colour: Golden with polished copper tinges

Wemyss Wemyss “Lord Elcho” 15yo

Nose: Ginger brandy snaps filled with fresh cream and crisp toffee apple fresh from the small town fair, midway candy vendor.

Palate: Salted creme caramel, just a hint of spicy sandlewood reminding me of my visit to Mysore south of Bangalore in India. Those sandlewood shops were amazing and this little palate hit just took me right back there.

Finish: Rich milk chocolate rounds out a lovely long and balanced finish.

Water: No chance

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

This is a great example of the new generation of premium blends. Wemyss has created something elegant and decidedly delicious.

For those of you that never think about blends. For the sake of your wallets you might need to take note of premium blends like Lord Elcho for your every day dram.

You can find Lord Elcho by clicking on the link below and entering your postal code or city. Only 60 bottles available initially, however we will continue to bring small amounts of this delicious premium blend to market.

Calgary

Buy Lord Elcho here.

Saskatoon

Ingredients Artisan Market

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow for one of my favorite whiskies.

Slainte!

Wemyss Malts Website