Peat Chimney Profile

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Peat Chimney is one of the three blended malt brands produced by Fife-based Wemyss Malts, owned by one of Scotland’s oldest trading families. It is currently sold as a no-age-statement expression, as well as a limited edition bottled at cask strength. There are 16 constituent malts in the make-up, not all of them from Islay, leaving the inherent smoky character to play a supporting role to exotic spices, moss and dark fruits.

  • Production type
    Blended malt

Peat Chimney History

Peat Chimney was launched in 2005 as a 5-year-old blended malt containing a high proportion of Islay whiskies. It was followed by an 8-year-old, which became the brand’s standard expression until 2015 when – citing a global shortage of aged Scotch – Wemyss Malts replaced the age statements in its entire blended malts range with NAS (no-age-statement) alternatives bottled at a higher strength of 46% abv. The current NAS bottlings still broadly resemble the earlier expressions in their flavour profiles.

In 2016 the blender released the first in a series of Batch Strength versions of its blended malt line-up, including a 57% abv expression of the NAS Peat Chimney.

The brand’s 12-year-old expression will continue to be released in limited quantities.

Timeline

  • 2005 Peat Chimney is launched by Wemyss Malts Ltd as a 5-year-old blended malt
  • 2015 Wemyss Malts replaces Peat Chimney’s standard 8-year-old expression with an NAS version
  • 2016 The first Peat Chimney Batch Strength (Batch 001) is launched

Owner

Current owner

See also

  • Lord Elcho Lord Elcho Lord Elcho Brand

    Lord Elcho

    A blended Scotch with a high malt content named after a Wemyss family ancestor.

  • Spice King Spice King Spice King Brand

    Spice King

    Perennial blended malt that continues to hit the high spots with malt acolytes

  • The Hive The Hive The Hive Brand

    The Hive

    Waxy, honeyed blended malt forming part of Wemyss Malts’ core range.

  • Smooth Gentleman Smooth Gentleman Smooth Gentleman Brand

    Smooth Gentleman

    A now discontinued Speyside-style blended malt from Wemyss.

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