Here we go again with the Wemyss Malts Cream of the Crop tasting notes. The Wemyss family has a passion for whiskey since the beginning of the 19th century when Haig’s founded its first distillery on the island of Wemyss. They make their own blends but are especially appreciated for their job as independent bottlers. Each bottle name has a special name to guide the buyer to its favorite flavors. So what about this “Cream of the Crop”? This one is a Glen Garioch, from the Garioch Valley’s distillery in the Highlands, founded in a very small village at the end of the 18th century. Distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2016 (it’s a 27 or 26 years old whisky, we do not have precise dates, 261 bottles). Let’s see this Wemyss Malts whisky!
Timorous Beastie (46.8%) is what we call a vatted malt, basically it’s a luxury blend of single malts from different distilleries of quality. It comes from the excellent independent bottler Douglas Laing (you will read more about him here, believe me, you’ll only ask for that). The “purists” that pretend that the single malt is the only real good whisky will have to accept the idea that today (and for some years in fact) some people make very (very) good blends.