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Spice King is a complex malt whisky with many layers to its spicy personality. Complexly sweet yet salty, layered with spices and peppery smoke makes for an ideal alternative to rye or spiced rum.
- 93 PointsUltimate Spirits ChallengeFinalist
BackgroundThe Wemyss family has had a longstanding passion for malt whisky and their connections with the industry date back to the turn of the 19th century when John Haig (founder of Haig's) built his first distillery on Wemyss land. Even today barley from the Wemyss Estate is prized by many of the leading distillers, and Cameronbridge Distillery is located just a few miles from the castle itself. With this passion came the gradual realization that, even for the knowledgeable consumer, much of the malt whisky terminology can be confusing. Our range of handcrafted malts was conceived with the aim of making them more accessible and understandable. We use the taste and aromas of the individual whiskies to identify each bottling, rather than the distillery, so the consumer can more easily understand the style being purchased. Up to sixteen different single malt whiskies are expertly blended together before introducing the signature malts to create three distinct taste profiles under Charles Macleans guidance: 'Spicy' (Spice King), 'Peaty' (Peat Chimney) and 'Honeyed' (The Hive).
NoseA rich marmalade glaze on baked pastries with a dusting of cinnamon. Baked syrup sponge smothered with salted caramel sauce with aromas of orange blossom and well-polished wood.
PalateToasted oat and ginger biscuits with nuggets of walnut and crystalised fruits, warm from the oven, and enjoyed with a mug of spiced hot chocolate. Fine leather mingles with damp heather buffeted by coastal sea spray.
AnalysisAlcohol: 46 %
FinishA toasted warmth lingers with tingling cracked pepper.
Serving SuggestionsNeat & Cocktails