Review: Lord Elcho

Category: Blended scotch whisky

Blender: Wemyss Malts

ABV: 40%

Cost: £25.84 from Master of Malt

lord-elcho-whisky

What they say:

Originally launched in 2012 as a 15 years old blended Scotch, Lord Elcho is now also available without an age statement.
The whisky is named after Wemyss Malts founder’s 18th century ancestor who was a loyal supporter to Bonnie Prince Charlie and led his lifeguards at the Battle of Culloden during the ill-fated Jacobite uprising in 1745.  For his part in the uprising, Elcho was stripped of his title and lands and exiled to France, never returning to his native Scotland.
Lord Elcho’s character has been recreated in this new blended Scotch whisky;  crafted from a carefully chosen selection of the finest malt and grain whiskies with a high 40% malt whisky content.
The nose on the new whisky is fresh and lively, with notes of fruit salad and fragrant wood shavings.  The palate is full and soft, with waves of chewy caramel and a warm spiciness.  Its finish is dry and long, with hints of crushed nuts.
William Wemyss, Founder and Managing Director at Wemyss Malts, commented: “The continued growth of Scotch whisky across the world has encouraged us to launch our second entrant into the blended Scotch segment.  We expect to bring interest from new export markets with our second Lord Elcho whisky.  This excellent whisky is presented in high quality gift packaging.”

TW Lord Elcho

What I say:

Thanks to Wemyss Malts for the official sample of this blended scotch whisky named after Lord Elcho the 5th Earl of Wemyss, who was stripped of his title for his involvement in the Battle of Culloden and was exiled to France.

Colour:

Bright gold (10/20), fine droplet tears leave ultrafine legs

Nose:

Zesty, honey, cereal barley malt, butterscotch fudge, fruity apple, a wisp of smoky charred wood, undergrowth, burning leaves, autumnal, slightly herbal, oak wood, vanilla and coconut

Taste:

Smooth, honey and cereal barley, a fudge-like sweetness, slightly oily and buttery, luxurious palate, again a touch of smoke reminds me of burning leaves or mossy peat, like an autumnal bonfire, ginger spice and nutty malt.

Finish:

Quite long and with reasonable intensity for a blended whisky.

Overall:

Very nice, this has a subtle complexity and great juxtaposition of sharp spices with a real mellow ‘blend’ body. Impressive.

Score: 84/100

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