Malts is the brainchild of the Wemyss (prounced
weems) family from Fife, Scotland. Their
family seat is Wemyss Castle in Fife
where they have lived since the 1300s.
The family's connection with the whisky
industry dates back to the turn of the
19th century when John Haig's first
distillery was built on family land.
Even today barley from the Wemyss Estate
is grown for many of Scotland's leading
distilleries, and Cameron Bridge
distillery is located just a few miles
from the castle itself.
With this passion came the gradual
realisation that, even for the
knowledgeable consumer, much of the malt
whisky terminology can be confusing.
Their range of hand crafted malts was
conceived with the aim of making them
more accessible and understandable.
They use the taste and aromas of the
individual whiskies to identify each
bottling, rather than the distillery, so
the consumer can more easily understand
the style being purchased. For example
there range of single cask
whiskies includes whiskies with names
such as Bonfire Embers, The Herb Garden
and Toffee Apples.
At Wemyss Malts they choose the best
malt whisky casks that the industry has
to offer - they do this by having their
'Nosing Panel' pore over many different
casks that come in from their suppliers.
They are in effect what the wine
industry calls a 'negociant'- choosing,
blending and bottling a small number of
very fine casks for their discerning
Their Nosing Panel is chaired by no
lesser an industry character and
aficionado than Charles Maclean, author
of no less than eight books on the
subject. Having chosen them they then
designate them for either our blended
malt range or, if they're considered of
outstanding quality, their Single Cask
range. All their whiskies are identified
by their natural taste and aromas.
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