We were delighted to receive another whisky from Wemyss in the post last week as we have really enjoyed their recent releases! This one though is a bit different – Wemyss are launching a brand new blended whisky called Lord Elcho. The whisky itself is named after the founder of Wemyss 18th century ancestor who took part in the Battle of Culloden during the doomed Jacobite uprising in 1745. Elcho was stripped of his title for his part in the cause and was exiled to France. He never saw Scotland again! It’s a great story with fabulous history, so what is the whisky like?
This blend is a mixture of malt and grain whiskies, all at least 15 years old with an emphasis on sherry casks. On the nose we were intially hit with chocolate fudge and raisins. This dissipated leaving a subtle trace of liquorice with a little vanilla before we found more fruity and toffee flavours. We were treated to maple syrup and sandalwood before detecting freshly cut grass on a damp day. The sherry influence is apparent in the richness of the nose and really adds to the complexity of the dram. Chocolate and fudge were immediately obvious on the palate. We found it to be incredibly smooth and rich; much like a New York cheesecake before discovering a little salt and maybe even some pepper heat as the whisky fades? The finish was long and smooth with some chilli heat present right at the death.
Wemyss have done really well here with a first foray into the blended market. It is a whisky that will appeal to all and it really does show how good blends can be. It’s rich, full of chocolate and toffee and is perfect as we move towards autumn and the colder and darker nights. We’re excited by this release and also can’t wait to see what Wemyss have up their sleeve for next time!
If you would like more information why not check out the Lord Elcho site here.