Celebrating their 15th Anniversary in 2020, Wemyss Malts are
"Family Scotch whisky makers who produce quality, small batch releases made from a meticulous selection of the finest whiskies produced in Scotland."
Velvet Fig has been around for around 7 years now, it's a 46% blended malt consisting of single malts from Speyside and the Highlands matured in ex-oloroso sherry casks. For this limited edition Wemyss have added a little un-peated Islay malt too, the ABV has dropped a little to 42.3% but all of the malts are at least 25 years old!
"A blended malt Scotch whisky that comprises of a combination of 5 ex-sherry hogshead casks of 1994 vintage Speyside and Highland single malts and 15 ex-sherry hogshead casks of 1988 vintage unpeated Bunnahabhain single malt.
The total of 20 casks were then blended together and then transferred into 14 refill hogsheads to marry for a total of 16 months."
Appearance: A lovely dark gold almost brown colour in the glass, swirls leave a lovely oily trail falling as fast thick oily legs.
Nose: Strawberry jam notes from the sherry but not it's not a musty dunnage warehouse style. Dark fruit - dates, raisins, sweet figs, orchard fruit - stewed pears and apples. No peat! Some toffee notes after a time in the glass.
Palate: Thick oily arrival - very warming - pronounced sour citrus note - grapefruit maybe. Very smooth and mouth coating. More of the dark fruit from the nose - raisins, sultanas, dates. After a few sips the citrus turns towards orange - still slightly sour still. The orchard fruit comes through too - dry apricot. Yummy!
Finish: Long lingering warm fruit notes, a little spice. Strawberry jam and a little of the orchard fruit.
Many thanks to @WemyssMalts for the sample!