Whisky Review: Kiln Embers

Category: Blended malt scotch whisky

Origin: Various

Bottling: Wemyss Malts

ABV: 46%

Cost: £41.95 from Kingsbarns Distillery Shop

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What they say:

Wemyss Malts launch limited edition “Kiln Embers” whisky

9th September 2015

Wemyss Malts is delighted to launch a new limited edition to complement its award-winning blended malts range. The new ‘Kiln Embers’ is a smoky addition to the Wemyss line up, blended with double the amount of smoky Islay malt whisky than its sister whisky, Peat Chimney.

Following its popular 2014 limited release, Velvet Fig, Wemyss Malts has created this no-age statement expression to offer an additional peaty dimension to its blended malt range. Kiln Embers is also non-chill-filtered and bottled at 46% abv. With a limited release of just 12,000 bottles globally, it is presented in a gift carton and will be available in specialist spirits stores at around £42.

Like the rest of the Wemyss Malts blended malts selection, Kiln Embers is named after the whisky’s natural flavours and aromas. The whisky’s name and gift carton are inspired by the barley malting process where peat is added to a kiln to develop the smoky flavours found in this whisky. On the nose, snuffed smoke mingles with salted lemons and sweet cure bacon; while oats and orange peel toast over embers and heathery peat on the palate; resulting in a sweet smoke finish.

William Wemyss, Managing Director of Wemyss Malts, commented: “When I started this business in 2005, I never envisaged the amazing breadth of flavours to be found in whiskies. Our new “Kiln Embers” is even smokier than our existing smoky favourite Peat Chimney and is a fitting celebration of our ten years in the industry. ”

What I say:

Thanks to Wemyss Malts for this sample of their limited release Kiln Embers peaty blended malt whisky. I felt very lucky to have received a sample of this – and even more surprised that it may still be available as most major retailers sold out pretty quickly! As a blended malt this contains malt whisky from more than one distillery (but no grain whisky content like blended scotch would have – just part of the confusing terminology used to mystify the blending industry and consumers alike!). This carries no age-statement (as part of the change that Wemyss Malts introduced when they dropped the 8 year old from many of their other blended malt range) is non-chillfiltered and presented at 46% ABV. Released as a limited batch of 12,000 bottles worldwide I hope there will be future batches?

Colour:

Full amber gold (10/20), medium-sized droplet tears leave fine legs

Nose:

Rich peaty and earthy, mossy almost, cereal malt, spiced ginger and aniseed balls, peppery and meaty – like steak and peppercorn sauce but with a sweet bbq/chipotle sauce quality too, burning wood/bonfire, with the addition of a few fragrant rosemary sprigs on the fire and a dash of lemon juice.

Taste:

Peaty & malty, toffee with grapefruit zest, honey bbq’d meats, maple syrup, heather honey, herbal rosemary in places, rich vanilla and bbq charcoal briquettes

Finish:

Long, sweet peat, malt and black pepper savoury

Overall:

I loved this blended malt, drinking it I felt as if I was at the kiln door in an Islay distillery and the embers of burning peat subsided and the air was thick with their aroma! This is peaty but quite gentle and subtle in presentation (approachable for those not familiar or wary of peaty whisky) in the most part due to the excellent skill of the blender. I liked this a lot better than many Islay/heavily-peated malts I have tried as this had no ‘rough edges’ on the palate again thanks to the blending. Snap one up whilst they are still available!

Score: 87/100

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