April and Easter is chocolate month. Chocolate bunnies, eggs, even chocolate chickens can be found in most of the shops. Even in my house, there is chocolate everywhere. I keep on finding lost (hidden) chocolate eggs in strange places. I am not complaining. My love for chocolate is well known… and this time of the year… It is a requirement to eat chocolate. With all the chocolate around the house, I realized, I have not blogged about my favorite chocolate whisky – The Wemyss Malts Dark Chocolate Orange!
I tasted Wemyss Malts for the first time at Wild About Whisky in Dullstroom and was smitten. Since then, my Wemyss Malt collection has grown substantially. I picked up this 2013 release on one of my trips out of the country. Wemyss Malts Single Casks are not available in SA (yet). This past year some of the blends such as The Hive have become available in selected shops. I have however managed to get my hands on a few releases and have written a few times about Wemyss Malts. My favorite is the Wemyss Malt Brandy Casket.
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Wemyss Dark Chocolate Orange is a Glenlivet bottling. Distilled in 1977 and bottled in 2013, this 36 yo was aged in Hogshead and is / was one of only 149 bottles. As with all their Single Cask releases, the Wemyss Tasting panel names the release based on the whisky’s individual taste and aroma.
After 36 years of the Angels taking their share, only 149 bottles were released. I wonder how many of the 149 bottles remain?
Tasting notes Wemyss Malts Dark Chocolate Orange
COLOUR: Dark gold
NOSE: Orange marmalade, oak and cocoa powder.
PALATE: Fresh orange slices dusted with cocoa powder. Faint hints of cloves and mint. In the background there is more citrus and a malty richness. You can feel the 46% alcohol and it needs a bit of water to smooth the sharp edges. Water releases a little more sweetness. It is a medium bodied whisky with plenty of spice.
FINISH: The finish end in notes of citrus and spice
RATING: Very Good
This whisky is perfectly named. It is the whisky equivalent of Dark Chocolate Covered Orange Slices. That is what I love about Wemyss Malts – how perfectly they name their releases. However, as much as I love chocolate and this whisky, it is not the most complex of whiskies. After more than 35 years in a cask at Glenlivet, I was hoping for something with a bit more depth and a few more nuances.
Still, the Dark Chocolate Orange is the great dram to enjoy in April – don’t you agree?
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