Wemyss Bottlers have established themselves as producing some of the best independent bottlings on the market, alongside an excellent range of blended whiskies. This is one such whisky, named after James, the 6th Earl of Wemyss, Lord Elcho, who was stripped of his peerage after his role in the Jacobite uprising. In creating this whisky, Wemyss scoured the warehouses of Scotland’s best distilleries, picking up some of their finest casks to create a blend of outstanding quality. The whisky is a juicy, and fresh affair. The nose offers up lovely caramel cereal aromas of toffee, oak and vanilla. After a while, a little heather honey and pear arrives, with the faintest hint of woodsmoke. The palate is rich and spicy with a zinging, fresh lime and ginger note. Fruits emerge in the mid-palate, with over-ripe bananas and apples taking the fore around a solid malty core. The finish is long and rich with the ginger note recurring. A great offering from Wemyss which picked up Gold medals from the 2015 Wizards of Whisky Awards and the Spirits Business Magazine’s 2014 Scotch Whisky Masters.