Wemyss Vanilla Burst

Wemyss Vanilla Burst

Vanilla Burst is a blended malt from Wemyss’s new Family Collection with a ghastly name (this seems to be a theme for Wemyss). It is reportedly sourced from two undisclosed Speyside distilleries, aged on exclusively first fill bourbon casks, and bottled at 46%. It was first released last year (2017).

I tasted this blind, beside two of their other NAS bottlings. Luckily this meant I wasn’t affected by their very powerful flavour suggestion.

This is my second in a series of 6 reviews of Wemyss products.

  1. Wemyss Lord Elcho 2. Wemyss Vanilla Burst
  2. Wemyss Treacle Chest 4. Wemyss Continental Platter (20yo Clynelish)
  3. Wemyss Chewy Pineapple Crisps (21yo Clynelish) 6. Wemyss Peat Chimney

Distiller: Two undisclosed Speyside distilleries
Distilled: Undisclosed
Bottled: Undisclosed
ABV: 46%
Age: NAS
Cask type: First fill bourbon
Source: Pour at Grand Terminus, Bergen, Norway.
Setting: Blind.

Nose: Golden syrup, ethanol, bourbon/vanilla, red apple and a very light smokiness. A really nice creamy bourbon forward nose.
Palate: Some bitterness, citrus, vanilla. It’s pretty hot. Mint. Seems to be a higher proof.
Finish: Long finish of red berries, and a tiny bit of smoke bitterness.
Overall: I really liked the assertive bourbon note running through this one, and it really explodes on the palate.
Rank: 6
Reveal: Damn, is this going to be a theme? It tastes a heck of a lot hotter than it is. Overall I did really like this though, and I would happily go back to it.