Expression: 1997 ‘Bitter Sweet Barley’
Age Statement: None specific, 17 or 18 years old
Extra Info: Bottled by Wemyss Malts, one of 291 bottles produced
It’s been a while since my last try of a whisky by Wemyss. I am always quite intrigued by their whiskies, there’s a certain mystery about them with all the expressions named according to their flavours and aromas. Their releases are generally well liked, and personally I haven’t tasted a disappointing one. But like I said, it’s been a while, with the ‘Merchant’s Mahogany Chest‘ being the most recent one for me. Judging by the name and the color, this one will be more light in profile, most likely from an ex-bourbon cask.
Nose: Sweet fruits, clear honey notes and, yes, barley. Way more sweet than bitter so far though. Vanilla sugar and cake icing and a little bit of spice coming through as well now.
Taste: Initially sweet arrival, but quite a bit of spice right after that. Really tingly in the mouth with plenty of malty notes, then sweet, ripe fruit after that. The tropical kind.
Finish: When the prickle dies down you’re left with a nice, sweet, barley-rich aftertaste.
Overall: Bitter-sweet barley indeed! A well chosen name for this whisky. It really is a good dram to have, it’s just not really my style. Nothing bad to say about it though, this is just personal preference. A well made whisky that will put a smile on your face, for sure.
Rating: 3½ stars