New Wemyss whiskies include 30YO Blair Athol

by Melita Kiely

Wemyss Malts has unveiled six single cask Scotch whiskies, including a 30-year-old bottling from Highland distillery Blair Athol.

Each expression has been named according to its flavour profile, spanning sweet, spicy, smoky, rich, light and oily. The oldest whisky, a 30-year-old Blair Athol, will be available exclusively to Wemyss Malts' Cask Club members for £300 (US$398) per 700ml bottle. It was matured in a first-fill Sherry hogshead. The ‘spicy and jammy’ single malt, called Jam on Toast, was distilled in 1991 and bottled this year at its cask strength of 50.6% ABV. Only 226 bottles have been created. Kirsty Mackinnon, brand manager, Wemyss Malts, said: “We have selected one very special bottling; a 30-year-old Blair Athol named ‘Jam on Toast’ to be an exclusive release to our Wemyss Malts Cask Club members. Anyone interested may join the Cask Club free via our website. “Whether you are a newcomer to whisky or an experienced imbiber, the Wemyss Malts Cask Club also aims to delight and enlighten with regular features and competitions.” The new releases also include Bananas and Cream (46% ABV), a single cask, grain whisky from Strathclyde distillery. The whisky was distilled in 2005 and bottled after 16 years in 2021. It will retail for £88 (US$117). Clove Studded Oranges (48.8 % ABV) was selected from Speyside distillery Glenrothes. Distilled in 1996 and bottled at 25 years old, the whisky is priced at £200 (US$266) per 700ml. Kiwi and Chilli (55.2%) was also sourced from Glenrothes. Only 282 bottles are available, priced at £225 (US$229) each. The 25-year-old whisky was distilled in 1996 and is said to have honey-rich sweetness, exotic fruit and spice on the palate. Sweet Disposition comes from the Glen Keith Distillery in Speyside and is limited to 492 bottles, each priced at £200 (US$266). Distilled in 1996, the whisky has an ABV of 56.3%. Completing the range is Ultimate Apple Pie (46% ABV), a single cask bottling from Glen Moray in Speyside. Distilled in 1996, the 25-year-old expression will retail for £150 (US$199). William Wemyss, founder and managing director at Wemyss Malts, added: “Winter is all about treasuring time with loved ones over the festive period, with this in mind our latest selection of single casks convey an assortment of fortifying and warming flavours. “With this assortment of single casks from the spritely and sweet Ultimate Apple Pie, to the incredibly decadent Glenrothes aptly named Clove Studded Oranges and the show stopping 30-year-old Blair Athol named Jam on Toast, we truly have something to please all whisky fans.” Four of the six whiskies will be available from select retailers in the UK, EU and key Asian markets.