Wemyss Spice King 8 Year Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Blended with up to 16 different single malt whiskies to produce 3 signature styles of whisky named after their flavor profiles, 8YO Spice King is a Highland Island blend, bottled at an untamed 56% ABV.
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"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. Blended with up to 16 different single malt whiskies to produce 3 signature styles of whisky named after their flavor profiles. 8YO Spice King is a Highland Island blend, bottled at an untamed 56% ABV, its spicy character, which takes over near the finish, is amplified by the strong ABV, but the whisky is led by smoky, sweet, zesty, earthy notes.
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A rich golden honey hue. Aromatic spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, with a touch of coastal ozone. Heavier fragrant notes of Sandalwood and tobacco intertwine with caramel. On the palate Sweet Demerara sugar is drizzled on carrot cake mixed with coastal notes to create a salted caramel flavor, followed by gentle spices intensifying to pink peppercorn. The finish is long with notes of caramel, wood smoke, and black pepper.
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