Spice King Profile

Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Spice King is one of the three core blended malts in the Wemyss Malts portfolio alongside Peat Chimney and The Hive – the names of which represent each brand’s flavour profile.

As Spice King’s name suggests, the Highland-style blended malt is all about warming spicy flavours derived from 16 different distillery characters. The current make up comprises a west coast Island malt blended with other Highland, Lowland, Speyside and Islay malts, the latter of which imparts a slightly salty and smoky finish.

Spice King is bottled as a no-age-statement at 46% abv, as well as a limited edition cask strength version.

  • Production type
    Blended malt

Spice King History

Introduced in 2005 as a 5-year-old at 40% abv, Spice King gradually evolved into an 8-year-old, which up until 2015 was the core expression from the brand, supported by a limited edition 12-year-old.

Blaming difficulty sourcing stocks of aged Scotch whiskies, brand owner Wemyss Malts replaced Spice King 8-year-old with an NAS version bottled at 46% abv.

In 2016 it also launched a Batch Strength limited edition (Batch 001) at 56% abv. 

Timeline

  • 2005 Spice King is launched by Wemyss Malts Ltd, alongside Peat Chimney and The Hive
  • 2015 Spice King 8-year-old is replaced by an NAS expression
  • 2016 The first Spice King Batch Strength is introduced at 56% abv

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.

  • Peat Chimney Peat Chimney Peat Chimney Brand

    Peat Chimney

    A blended malt for peat reek fans, but it’s not an all-Islay affair.

  • 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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