Blends

Blooming Gorse (46%, Wemyss Malts, 6000 Bottles, 2018)

Blooming Gorse

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 46%
  • Age: NAS
  • Bottling: Wemyss Malts
  • Category: Blended malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £45.95 available from Wemyss Malts.com
  • Origin: undisclosed
  • Vintage: undeclared

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What they say

• BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
• FAMILY COLLECTION 2018/3
• x2 HIGLAND SINGLE MALTS
• 15 FIRST FILL EX-BOURBON BARRELS AND 4 FIRST FILL EX-BOURBON HOGSHEADS
• 6900 BOTTLES
• NON CHILL-FILTERED
• NATURAL COLOUR

Blooming Gorse is a blend of two single malt whiskies from the Highland region, matured in 15 first fill ex-Bourbon barrels and 4 first fill ex-Bourbon hogsheads . Key tasting notes: gorse flowers, coconut and Vanilla. Only 6900 bottles.

Official tasting notes:

  • Colour: Hay Gold
  • Nose: A fresh, bright nose with vanilla and coconut notes that weave amongst the nutty and fruity spirit to evoke the aromas of freshly bloomed gorse flowers, geraniums, honey nut cereal and roasted cashew nuts.
  • Palate: The initial top notes are that of rich porridge sweetened with floral honey. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy with a mild spice and tingle on the palate and the flavour of desiccated coconut.
  • Finish: Medium length with lingering coconut and vanilla.

What I say

Part of 2 new additions to the Wemyss Family Collection of blended malt whiskies. 2018/03 Blooming Gorse, named after the coconut scented yellow flowering bush that can be found over much of Scotland’s hillsides.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Yellow gold (6/20), medium tears and well-defined, tapered legs.
  • Nose: Soft, sugary and inviting, hint of fruits, soft apple, nectarine, peach, honey & golden syrup sweetness, vanilla, floral daffodil or daisy, coconut soap.
  • Taste: Coconut, sandalwood, honey, cereal barley, nutty and sweet cashew nut and almond milk, medium-full bodied, creamy with a zesty spice.
  • Finish: Medium, lime pith, coconut, vanilla and sandalwood.

Overall

A creamy and sweet blended malt with plenty of coconut influence as the name suggests. This borders on becoming soapy on occasion due to the florality but has a touch of citrus zest and plenty of sweet vanilla to keep it enjoyable.

Score 83/100

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