Flaming Feast (46%, Wemyss Malts, 6000 Bottles, 2018)
- ABV: 46%
- Age: NAS
- Bottling: Wemyss Malts
- Category: Blended malt scotch whisky
- Cost: £47.95 available from Wemyss Malts.com
- Origin: undisclosed
- Vintage: undeclared
What they say
• BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
• FAMILY COLLECTION 2018/4
• HIGHLAND NORTHERN AND HIGHLAND ISLAND SINGLE MALTS
• 15 FIRST FILL EX-BOURBON BARRELS AND 2 DECHAR/RECHAR HOGSHEADS
• 6000 BOTTLES
• NON CHILL-FILTERED
• NATURAL COLOUR
Flaming Feast is a blend of two single malt whiskies from the Highland region, matured in 15 first fill ex-Bourbon barrels and 2 de-charred and re-charred hogsheads . Key tasting notes: sweet yet maritime smoke and salivating spice. Only 6000 bottles.
Official tasting notes:
- Colour: Muted Gold
- Nose: The initial nose is sweet and candy like; foam shrimps and strawberry bonbons. Mineralic notes emerge in the form of limestone and fresh seaside air. A mild and perfumed smoke is only hinted at like a distant beachside bonfire.
- Palate: A complex battle between sweet and savoury with heather honey, cinder toffee and marshmallows. The savoury and maritime notes take form as rollmops or salted oat cakes and scallops cooked in butter with tarragon.
- Finish: Burnt wholemeal toast smeared with chunky peanut butter and a peppery spice.
What I say
Part of 2 new additions to the Wemyss Family Collection of blended malt whiskies. 2018/04 Flaming Feast, I can only assume is named after it’s smokey and savoury nature?
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Champagne gold (4/30), quick, medium-fine tears leave beaded trails.
- Nose: Floral, maritime smoke (my initial reaction was Highland Park but possibly Talisker?), heather brush smoke, mineral, sweet, chalky and fruity, Edinburgh Rock, ozone or beach and strawberry bon bons.
- Taste: Swet initially, vanilla custard and porridge oats, then smoke, mineral and savoury, shellfish, scallops, a touch of liqourice, beech-smoked fish and charred or toasted oak wood.
- Finish: Long, smoked and spiced, herbality, cheroot cigars and chicory coffee.
A great smoked and maritime blend, complex and shifting much like the smoke rising from a beach bonfire.
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