Review: The Hive 12 Years Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

12 Years
100% Malt Whisky
Distiller Multiple (Scotland)

This whisky, like some other Wemyss Blended Malts (The Spice King and Peat Chimney), is composed of 16 malt whiskies, with a focus on the Speyside region of Scotland. The whisky is made from refill and first-fill sherry casks.

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Nose: More waxy than actually with honey notes – I probably wouldn’t even name them as a major player, amidst everything else going on. The nose is lightly floral and candied, with a touch of smoke, earthy peaty notes, lemon, orange juice, caramel, dried apricot, light cucumber, and even a bit of saffron with some time. It develops nicely into a light, and rich nose – well integrated and balanced.

Taste: Somewhat sweet with a fresh apricot and peach fruit character with the oak pulling a bit of weight. There’s more honey on the palate than the nose, and there are a few honeydew notes drifting around. At the end, the smoke emerges and leads right to the finish. At times, it feels a touch too watered down and I think at 43% this would do better.

Finish: Starts slightly spicy and woody, with a very light nuttiness and ash as well. Candied orange peel and some malt come through pretty well also, with dried apricot and a bit of cacao emerging as well over time.

Complex and well balanced – the parts all have purpose and play very well together. A very nice lightly honeyed and fruity malt, with a nice thread of oak and smoke keeping everything interesting. Recommended.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $94.