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Singlemalting # 175 – Day 9 – 4th Edition SWAC – Wemyss Malts “The Hive” Batch Strength

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.

The Hive Batch Strength

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



Advent Day 7 – Wemyss “The Hive” Blended Malt | Blog #39

G’day Sport’s Fans

Nothing like a Lazy Sunday afternoon and a nice dram by the roaring fire relaxing with a good book or some vitally important sporting event on the telly taking you away from the stresses of the week.

I hope you are all able to spend some relaxation time as you taste through your 1st edition calendar. This time of year can be so amazingly hectic and crammed with stuff that you lose those moments of quiet contemplation over something delicious and warming.

Now that we have so aptly set the mood lets look at our whisky for today being Day no. 7 and the finale to our first full week of calendar treats.

Whisky: From Wemyss Malts we have “The Hive” 12 yo blended malt  at 40% alcohol.

Remember that a Blended Malt is a combination of 2 or more Single Malts.

Colour: Prehistoric amber (Jurassic Park reference)

Wemyss Wemyss “The Hive” 12yo

Nose: A full bouquet of aromas which bodes well for a 40% whisky. Indeed true to it’s name there are plenty of honey notes leading into dried apricot soaked in Grand Marnier.

Taste: Soft enveloping honeycomb wrapped in a layer of creamy milk chocolate, reminds me of Violet Crumble (Google it) only without the crunch. A spoon of granny smith apple pie filling with a dash of marmalade.

Finish: A very pleasant slightly bitter orange peel jumps into the mix and it all lingers nicely.

A very easy and approachable daily dram if you want a hit of sweet and creamy.

Water: none

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

These following retailers grabbed the initial 60 bottles of Hive to hit Alberta so go and seek them out if this has to be part of your whisky cupboard:

Liquor Connect

Back into the work week tomorrow and another Monday filled with possibilities. Lets hope we find something super delicious for everyone to get their week going.

See you then …


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