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Wemyss Malts Velvet Fig

Where's the Velvet?

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

5th Jan 2019


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  • Brand: Wemyss Malts
  • ABV: 46%

This blended malt from Wemyss combines single malts that were matured exclusively in oloroso sherry casks. Non-chill-filtered, only 6000 bottles were made when it was released in 2015. Thank you to Rick Culver for the sample.

The colour is a dark gold. On the nose, well yes you get figs, and also rum-raisin, black liquorice, ruby port, blood orange, dark chocolate, ginger and eucalyptus. Toasted walnuts. Wood polish. Major sherry bomb, with a slight hint of sulphur way in the background. Water adds a bit of malt, but otherwise dilutes the aroma. Not bad, not great.

On the palate there are dates, balsamic, dark chocolate and tobacco. Mouth-drying. Roasted nuts. More black liquorice, more ginger and unfortunately more sulphur notes. Water brings out hotter spices and some bitterness. Disappointing.

The finish is a bit rough with bovril, oloroso, Angostura, tannic oak and cloves. I'm sure those who love a big fat sherry bomb will be into this, but not me. It's bitter, sulphurous and inelegant. Not much velvet here, unfortunately.


Victor commented

@talexander, thank you very much for your review. It is important to review the whiskies which are not so good. We read reviews largely as a screening tool.

about one year ago 5Who liked this?

Robert99 commented

@talexander I remember went it came on the market and it was really well received by the critics. It is important to know that it will not pleased everybody. Thanks.

about one year ago 0

talexander commented

@Robert99 I know Rick really liked it. It's all very subjective - I'm not partial to big sherry bombs, especially ones where I detect a whiff of sulphur (having said that, I find most old Macallans to be exquisite). But this is a style that a lot of whisky nuts are really into, so try it if you get a chance (unlikely unless its at an incredible whisky bar or you splurge on auction).

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