Review: The Peat Chimney 12 Years Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (Wemyss) / by Jason Hambrey

12 Years
100% Malt Whisky
Distiller Multiple (Scotland)

This whisky is a blended malt, based on 16 different malts, with a focus on Islay (and peat!) from Wemyss - a company focusing on blended malts.

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Nose: A bit buttery and lightly floral, with light ashy and medicinal smoke sitting atop everything else. Vanilla is in the mix, but the nose is a bit light overall. Lightly nutty, orange. Slightly sour as well, and continues to develop as it sits.

Taste: More smoke here, of an ashy and slightly vegetal character. There is a good butterscotch sweetness which balances out the smoke, and its mainly these two characters at play on the palate. Lightly dries out to spices and smoke.

Finish: Smoke, primarily, with a bit of vanilla, malt character, and some earthiness from the peat. There is a bit of sweetness in the finish as well, though sometimes it takes on a bit of a sweetener feel to it. It has a bit of an oily feel in the mouth, too.

Not a peat or smoke bomb, but there is smoke in this. The blending work to balance out all the elements - good but it’s a bit simple at times.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, based on $78.