- 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.