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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

Does it feel like Whisky Season at your place? | Blog #27

G’day everyone,

With the days rapidly getting chiller here in the Northern Hemisphere and October almost half over my thoughts definitely start to turn like the autumn leaves away from the frivolous and refreshing into a desire for something full and warm.

In fact I get positively over the top with excitement sometimes thinking about all those lovely drams that I am yearning for over the next 6 months. With all the special holiday moments soon to come it is also a time of year that I crack open or re-open some special drams to share with family and friends and I can hardly wait.

Below and in no particular order are some of the awesome drams that I will be drinking and writing about over the course of the frozen season. Here is my top 10 as it stands now.

  1. High West – A Midwinter Nights Dram
  2. Stranahans Snowflake – Paladise Cask Finish
  3. Auchentoshan 1973 Single Sherry Cask
  4. Tullibardine 1966 Single Cask
  5. A.D. Rattray Batch No. 1 “Rattray’s Selection” Blended Malt 19 year old
  6. The English Whisky Peated Single Malt
  7. Amrut 100
  8. Armorik Double Maturation
  9. A.D. Rattray Girvan Single Grain 25 year old
  10. Samaroli Evolution 2011

No doubt there will be other contenders that will come along to grab my attention but the list above really does get me salivating in anticipation.

Although personally I find the long harsh Calgary Winter hard to cope with, after 13 years my one solace is that it makes for a great environment to get into whisky.

This is the time of year that I hang up the Pipe and hopefully finish off my last cigar of the season or buy a bulk pack of those little humidity sachets to keep my stash moist during the dry furnace ravaged months cooped up at home. Thank goodness one vice can be replaced by another 🙂

So please write in and let me know what special drams you have lined up ready to go to keep you alive through the long Winter months. Either that or tell me your sob story about how you don’t have anything in your cupboard and are desperate for something different.

From My Contact Page

Name all the Islay Distilleries for a chance to win a bottle of A.D. Rattray Cask Islay Batch #1 Blended Malt Whisky.

Please don’t share your answers in the comments below, or you’ll give it all away.

I am on a mission to get some decent dialogue going about the ‘when and where’ of your dramming habits so am willing to pimp out some freebies to do so.

Next week’s Blog is the launching point for something that has become a raging passion for me over the past few years. This will be a multi-part blog as there is too much story to tell for just one quickie.

If you love whisky and love to be surprised and amazed with unique whisky experiences then you had better tune in next week.

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See you then.

Cheers!

Jonathan