First off, here’s the news! Then below is my review…
Wemyss Malts is launching a new no-age statement, limited edition whisky called ‘Velvet Fig’ which comprises specially selected single mlats matured wholly in ex Oloroso sherry casks, evoking rich autumn and winter fruits and spices.
This is Wemyss’ first blended malt to be non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46% abv. It’s a limited release of 6000 bottles globally, available for around £40.
My notes read as such:
Colour: Rich autumn gold, rusty tints.
Nose: Rich oak and sherry, autumn fruits; red and black berries with an earthy quality.
Palate: Fairly thick and quite sweet with lots of spices which back off to squashed berries.
Finish: Spiced fruit covers your palate and chest for a long finish. Yes, there’s figs & smoke.
Water: Helps sweetens things up a little and reduce the spices, works for me.
Thoughts: Maybe not as thick as I expected for the palate, definitely some slightly younger fresh cask oakiness coming though. However it’s richly enjoyable, if a little spicy and full of tannins for my personal taste, but any sherry bomb whisky lover would no doubt enjoy this, especially for the price which seems reasonable.
Available: Green Welly Stop – £35.99
Thanks to Wemyss Malts for the sample.