About The Hive 8 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Wemyss The Hive 8 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky is a blend of 16 different malt whiskies, each aged for a minimum of eight years. While the exact blend remains a secret, nearly one-third of the blend is derived from a distillery in the Speyside region of Scotland, which matured its Scotch in fresh and refill sherry casks. As a result, The Hive has a golden amber color with a nose of honey, heather pollen and a hint of orange juice. It has initial notes of sweet honey and opens up to flavors of dried fruits and butterscotch before finishing with a touch of chocolate.
The Hive 8 Year Old Scotch earned a Gold Medal in the 2014 "Wizards of Whisky" competition. Pick up a bottle today!
About Wemyss Malts
"Our family links to the whisky industry date back to 1824," says William Wemyss, the founder and CEO of Wemyss Malts, "when John Haig built his distillery on family land in Fife."Wemyss (pronounced "Weems") is the ancient Gaelic word for caves and stems from the rocky outcrop on which the Wemyss family home — Castle Wemyss — rests. Haig's distillery eventually became known as Cameron Bridge and in 1826, it became the first distillery to produce grain whisky using the column still method invented by Robert Stein.
Today, the Wemyss family expertly blends some of the finest whiskies made across Scotland. "Our whiskies are chosen by a tasting panel" says Wemyss, "and the tasting panel comprises people who work in the business, members of the family, and most importantly, is chaired by Charlie MacLean who helps us select the industry's best whiskies to bottle under our brand."
MacLean, who has been writing about whisky since 1981, was trained in "the sensory evaluation of potable spirits" by the Scotch Whisky Research Institute in 1992. In addition to being a visiting lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution, he is also a Councillor of Clan Maclean and was elected Master of the Quaich (Quaich is derived from the Gaelic word meaning cup), one of the Scotch industry's highest accolades, in October 2009.
Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
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