I’ve finally found a good reason to open this rather special sample sent to me as a competition prize by Wemyss Malts themselves: it’s a Sunday and I wanted a treat! This is a 1994 Aberfeldy single cask, bottled in 2015 by Wemyss. So it’s a healthy 21 years of age. Bottled at 46% ABV.
Nose: Oak, woody mango. It’s quite prickly on the nose at first. Kiwi, tinned peaches. The oak fades along with the prickle as it opens out. This leaves behind sweet honey and toasted malt.
Palate: Honey sweetness with oaky spice. Walnuts, mango and a little orange zest.
Finish: Spicy honey which dries at it lingers.
I spent ages just nosing this dram. The complexity of aromas, and the way it developed over time was something very special indeed. The palate was good as well, but maybe a little bit disappointing after all the liveliness of the nose. That said, it’s still incredibly tasty and I’d add it to my collection without hesitation.
Watch this space for more Wemyss Malt reviews. I’ve got 2 more to come in time.