By Emma Briones
Edinburg-based independent bottlerWemyss Malts has partnered with Palm Bay International to launch a trio of outstanding whiskies in their single cask, single malt range in the U.S. In keeping with that line’s standards, all are bottled at their natural color and non-chill-filtered at 46% abv (92º proof). Also, each expression has a name that represents the aromas and characteristics of each whisky. One of these expressions is Coastal Orchard, a 1997 Single Cask from the Clynelish distillery in the Highlands. It was bottled in 2016, making it a 19 year old, with only 269 bottles available.
William Wemyss, Founder and Managing Director of Wemyss Malts, said: “These limited production bottlings are extremely rare and I’m sure they will be much sought after by Scotch connoisseurs.”
Wemyss Malts Coastal Orchard is copper gold in the glass with medium tears. On the nose, the first feeling is one of going out for a walk near the seaside. It is grassy with a salty touch, like a warm promenade on a spring beach day. There are also fruity touches, highlighted by the scent of fresh red apples. Finally, a sweet & gentle touch of vanilla.
On the palate, Coastal Orchard is fresh, bold and crispy. At first, there are some vanilla and sweet honey notes, with a dry touch of oak. These are mixed with a hint of sea waves and a touch of “yodo”. Followed by a wonderful splash of red apples and a slight spicy touch towards the end of the dram.
The finish is quite lengthy, leaving a persistent sweet flavor on the palate.
This is a wonderful expression from Wemyss Malts, who have a nice and good eye (or maybe nose) for a good whisky barrel.
Wemyss Malt Coastal Orchard is available in limited markets in the US and it is retailed at $150 per 750ml bottle.