Review No.86. Wemyss The Hive 12 Year Old

I am quite intrigued by Wemsyss, they are a blending house like Compass Box, where they purchase single malts from distilleries and mix them together to create a flavour profile and they also mature single malts in casks that they have selected.  They make a point of bottling at a minimum of 46%, not adding colouring and not chill filtering.  They also have the Charlie Maclean as an adviser who is referred to as a whisky expert.  If you have not come across him then you will find a clip of him on YouTube describing whiskies, I find him quite engaging.  I could not find a review of the Hive amongst the online blogging/vlogging community at the time but was convinced enough by the flavour profile being described to give it a try.


Whisky: Wemyss The Hive 12 Year Old Blended Malt Whisky, 40%

Nose: Honey, caramel, leather, heather, syrup, alcohol

Taste: Heather, dark fruits, vanilla, burnt orange slice, honey

Finish: Oily, nuts, burnt honey, oak

Score: 2.25

Summary: I was a bit disappointing with the Hive. Everything in the description to this appealed to me and I was expecting a succulent fruitiness and honey but instead I got more of burnt honey and fruit taste, like burnt jam. The nose was very promising but it fell flat on taste in my opinion.  Overall it felt one dimensional – dominated too much by burnt jam and not much else. It has happened on quite a few occasions where a whisky shows much promise on the nose but fails to deliver.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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