Wemyss Malts has added a new blended malt to their range of whiskies, called Smoky Shores. This new blended malt is a sister whisky to Peat Chimney, an 8-year-old version of which I reviewed back in 2015. According to the press release Smoky Shores shares many characteristics with Peat Chimney, but “with an extra blast of punchy peated malt.”
Smoky Shores is limited to 5,526 bottles worldwide, bottled at 46% abv and priced at £50, which means it will be competing with other peated blended or undisclosed single malts, of which Big Peat is probably the most established name, but this group also includes the likes of MacNair’s Lum Reek, Aerolite Lindsay or Finlaggan.
Isabella Wemyss, owner and Director of Production, commented in a prepared statement: “We’re delighted with our new Smoky Shores bottling. Our existing smoky favourite from the core range, Peat Chimney, is already a big hit among our peat fans, and Smoky Shores has an even more intense, delicious smoky flavour, a real treat for peated whisky enthusiasts.
“Adding to the all-round flavour experience, you’ll find hand-crafted illustrations on the packaging inspired by the malting process. These really bring to life the tasting notes and flavour within the bottle, transporting you to coastal seashores.
“On 25th January, we’ll be raising a glass to our smoky whisky fans around the world – Smoky Shores is the perfect accompaniment to a Burns Night supper.”
The packaging derives inspiration from the malting and kilning process, specifically the peat that is used to dry the malted barley. The blended malt is sold through the Wemyss Malts website and is priced at £50.
Smoky Shores Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Robust peaty smoke mingles with intense aromas of crushed mint leaves that fuse with aromatic rosemary.
Taste: A sudden and explosive mouthfeel comes to the fore with earthy white pepper and zesty lemons.
Finish: Bitter espresso sinks into the palate before a long salty mouth-coating finish drifts away.
Wemyss Malts is a family run company operated by brother and sister William and Isabella Wemyss. Other brands include Lord Elcho, The Hive and Spice King. Wemyss Malts also own Kingsbarns Distillery, of which I tried a few expressions so far and was particularly impressed with this one.