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The Hive NCF
- 92 PointsFinalist
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).
NoseThis "hive" sits in a grassy meadow, heavy with the scent of floral orange blossom and ripening apples.
PalateA tingling spice dances over the tongue with zesty orange peel and the warmth of a butterscotch and honey toddy. With water, the sweetness intensifies offering toffee-dipped red apples.
AnalysisAlcohol: 46 %
FinishThe citrus juiciness lingers with a whisper of apple wood smoke.