I recently got involved in another Tweet Tasting on Twitter like I have done in the past. This time we were taking three different samples from the Wemyss Malts blended malts selection of products. In this review we will look at the main core offering called “Spice King”.

The Dram

Since the introduction Spice King in 2005 there have been various versions of it. The currently available version which is reviewed here is a no age statement release at 46%. This blended malt contains an array of single malts from Speyside, Highlands and a smoky cherry on the top from Islay. As with all releases from Wemyss Malts there is no artificial colouring or filtering of this release.

Each whisky can be generally categorised using a flavour wheel which includes things like smoky, spicy or honeyed.

spiderchart From this the name Spice King comes from to give you the idea the whisky is very much deep into the Spicy flavour wheel. This whisky is fairly widely available online and in specialist retailers for just under £40.

Tasting Notes


Colour – Straw yellow

Nose – very sweet with overly ripe grapes and icing sugar. The nose actually reminds me a sauternes cask.

Palate – The spices appear in the palate for the first time in the experience. The weight of the whisky is good with a little heat from the spirit. A little malt bread perhaps shows there is at least a little young whisky in the mix.

Finish – More prickly spices and a nice little whiff of smoke and lemon oil.

Final Thoughts

This was the one I enjoyed the least of all the samples we were trying. I think there has been better versions of this whisky in the past. There is also still available online a cask strength version which might be a better option for a tenner extra.

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