By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight
The Wemyss (Pronounced Weems) family of Scotland has been distilling and winemaking since the turn of the 19th century, and barley from the Wemyss estate is actually used in multiple distilleries throughout Scotland. The Wemyss experience in blending whisky actually came from winemaking. As all wine is blended, the Wemyss family brought that experience to making their exceptional whisky. “Up to sixteen different single malt whiskies are expertly blended together before introducing the “signature” malts to create three distinct taste profiles: ‘Spicy’ (Spice King), ‘Peaty’ (Peat Chimney) and ‘Smooth’ (Smooth Gentleman).” For the Spice King 8 Years aged, the signature malt is from the Highlands, in order to produce a whisky with rich, full and spicy top notes. All of the blends are bottled at 40% and the range has five, eight and twelve year’s age.
The Spice King 8 Years Old Tasting Notes:
With a solid scent of peat the Spice King is bit thin, with a medium peat flavor. Slightly sweet with a good spiciness this is a very good whisky. Smooth and a bit complex the Wemyss Spice Kings 8 Year is perhaps a thicker, more complex and better Johnnie Walker Black and available for about $40 to $45. We definitely recommend the Wemyss Spice King 8 Years aged and it’s much better than some pricier single malts on the shelf.