By Richard Thomas
At Anchor In A Cove is a Wemyss Single Cask release from the Campbeltown distillery Glen Scotia, which readers with good memories might recall from last year’s Wemyss Merchant’s Mahogany Chest (which a quick check reveals is still out there for purchase!). Both whiskies have a nautically-themed title, although much more so in the case of this one. Mahogany Chest lived up to its billing in the form of a very 18th Century trader’s wares flavor, plus a coloring that matched the mahogany part in so much as any scotch without additives can. What about At Anchor In A Cove?
This is a 1991 distillate aged in a barrel, so it’s a 23 year old. Like all Wemyss Single Casks, it was bottled at 46% abv, and that one barrel produced a 304-bottle run.
In the glass, the scotch has the typical white wine appearance. The nose is a balanced thing with a velvety texture, like vaporous cake. It’s rich with apples, red fruits, wood and cinnamon.
The flavor is dry and sweet, a mix of that toasty wood and apples and red fruits from the nose, but with a much stronger, heftier dose of spices, such as the prior cinnamon and now ginger. The finish is woody, dry, and leaves a long, warm and spicy afterglow.
Wemyss At Anchor In A Cove is listed at €79 ($105).