Wemyss – The Spice King 8 year (40%)

Wemyss The Spice King 8 YearWemyss, pronounced “Weems” according to the bottle, is a Scotch company that sells blended malt whisky… and single cask bottlings. What an odd combination? Hmmm… I guess the obvious similarities between the independent bottler and the blender never occurred to me until now.

I’m a sucker for a sexy bottle, and these very modern looking vessels are sleekly packaged, indeed. From the appetizing names to the clean markup of the labels, the design is very inviting. Even the way they call them “vintage malts” is a subtle nod to the amount of money they must spend on marketing. Suave.

Speaking of sauve, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I have a little mustache envy now. The guy who heads their nosing panel, Charlie Maclean, has a pretty awesome ‘stache. Just the set of whiskers I would expect for someone who works for a company called Wemyss. I’m more than a little jealous. Now on to the whisky!!!

Nose: Barbecue sauce, pizza, paprika and oregano. Beachy, extremely mild and laid back. Lightly peated and slightly green. A drop of water adds lemon curd and beef jerky.

Palate: Pizza sauce, summer savory, peatier towards the end with ginger as an after thought. It’s very smooth, almost watery. I thought I exhaled once and tasted a little blackberry…

I mean, I wouldn’t kick it out of bed for being a blended malt, but this isn’t quite as spicy as I would have expected for being called The Spice King. How about The Spice Vassal? Naw, doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. Maybe, The Spice Duke? The Spice Baron? Meh, I’ll keep working on it…

Rating: Try it

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