Leith-based whisky blender most famous for its Vat 69 blend.
Wemyss Vintage Malts Profile
Wemyss Malts is based in Edinburgh and markets three blended malts, namely Spice King, Peat Chimney and The Hive. From the outset, the company has used character descriptors as names for its bottlings.
Alongside the blended malts is a regularly-changing range of vintage single cask expressions, each bearing the name of the distillery from which the whisky was sourced, along with a descriptor such as Fresh Fruit Sorbet or Wild Berry Spice. Wemyss Malts also produces the premium blended Scotch Lord Elcho; while a sister company is responsible for Darnley’s View London Dry Gin and another for Domaine Rimauresq Provencal wines.
In addition to its bottling activities, the company also owns and operates Kingsbarns malt distillery and visitor centre in Fife.
Wemyss Vintage Malts History
Wemyss Malts was established in 2005 by William Wemyss, whose family home is Wemyss Castle in Fife, and the family’s connections with Scotch whisky can be traced back to the early 19th century, when John Haig’s first distillery was built on Wemyss land. Today, barley grown on the Wemyss Estate is used by many distillers.
William Wemyss originally worked in the wine business, producing Fonty's Pool, based in Western Australia, and Rimauresq Cru Classe, in Provence, before deciding to become involved in the Scotch whisky business.
When the first Wemyss blended malts were introduced in 2005 they were aged five, with eight and 12-year-old variants following, though in 2015 all age statements were dropped. Darnley’s View Gin was released in 2010, and Lord Elcho blended Scotch was introduced two years later.
In early 2013 William Wemyss invested £3 million in the ongoing project to create a distillery at East Newhall Farm, Kingsbarns in Fife, establishing The Kingsbarns Company of Distillers. Kingsbarns began to produce spirit in February 2015.
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