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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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  • Nose
    19
  • Taste
    17
  • Finish
    17
  • Balance
    18
  • Overall
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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.

3 comments

@Victor
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.

9 months ago 5Who liked this?

@Robert99
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.

9 months ago 0

@talexander
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).

9 months ago 0

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