Weymss is sort of a new bottler for me. Sure, I’ve heard of them but I’ve only had one of their releases until now. That one, btw, was the Smooth
Criminal Gentleman I reviewed with the one and only Malt Impostor(s).
The Weymss line of single casks all seem to be diluted down to 46% ABV rather than bottled at cask strength. While I tend to be a fan of cask strength whiskies (especially with single cask), I can understand some of the reasons to bottling at a lower ABV. Primarily, and from the customer perspective, a lower ABV can make whisky a little more approachable to the person just getting into whisky.
So, let’s see what this single cask has to offer.
On the nose — Brittle flat bread.
Sort of like poppadum.
Lots of bright notes but all seemingly restrained: lemon wedges, salted green apples, citrus infused honey.
Jaffa cake bread (less the chocolate).
On the mouth — Whoa, this is some exotic stuff!
Candied butter (if there were ever such a thing).
A host of light Indian spices, sweet verging on savory but not savory at all.
Imagine a bake shop (breads and sweets) and a Nepalese restaurant were combined. That’d be this.
Exotic and foodie and surprisingly different than most whiskies out there.
Finish — A touch of spice and lavender (?). Decent length.
In sum — It is whiskies such as this one that makes me LOVE the single cask. This whisky is like a spotlight on the odd, unique and lovely. A whisky well worth your time and consideration. This is a mid-summer whisky, one reserved for drinking in the heat with some ice water on the side.