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Masterclass series to give whisky lovers behind-the-scenes

24/06/2024

Production Director of Fife whisky brand reveals new education series

A LEADING figure of a premium whisky brand is set to give lovers of Scotland’s favourite dram a guided tour behind the magic of blending, ageing and curation.   

Family-owned Wemyss Malts has announced a new series, where Director of Production, Isabella Wemyss will give a detailed insight into how Wemyss Malts craft its spirits.

Isabella will take viewers on a detailed journey breaking down Wemyss’s philosophy when it comes to making whisky along with their processes and the unique flavour profiles of their collection.

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Isabella said: “When we approach a whisky, we are always looking to maximise the quality and flavour profiles without compromising the honesty of the whisky.

“We believe that whisky should be honest, and we created whiskies with their own individual personality that are free of colourants and are not filtered to ensure we achieve the fullest, richest flavours that represent various regions across Scotland.

“This new series will give those who love whisky a behind-the-scenes look at what we do to achieve this while also providing those with lesser knowledge of whisky a solid understanding of what it takes to produce a whisky like ours.”

Isabella hand-picks every single cask for its distinctive flavour profile and applies her artistry and expertise to craft balanced highly flavour-driven blends that form the brand’s Core Collection.

These blends are forward-thinking and distinctive representations of the diverse whisky regions, showcasing the complexity and depth that define their products.

William Wemyss, Founder, and chairman of Wemyss as well as brother to Isabella, said: “Isabella is a true artisan in the world of whisky, her meticulous approach to cask selection and blending has been instrumental in creating the distinctive, complex profiles that define our Core Collection.

“Her ability to balance flavours and craft forward-thinking blends sets our products apart and showcases the diverse whisky regions beautifully.

“We’re incredibly fortunate to have someone like Isabella on our team. This new education series is a fantastic opportunity to get to know her and our whisky much better.”

Founded by siblings Isabella and William Wemyss in 2005, Wemyss Family Spirits is an independent, family-owned company with a reputation for creating exceptional single malts, blended malts and natural gins.

Wemyss Family Spirits is gearing up for significant expansion in 2024. Plans include constructing 12 bonded warehouses and a bottling plant in Glenrothes, Fife.

This will support increased bottling of whisky produced at Kingsbarns, which is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary later this year.

Wemyss Family Spirits is committed to sustainability, becoming one of the first whisky companies to transition to cartonless products.

Following an initial trial where 15% of sales went cartonless in 2023, this initiative will be greatly expanded in 2024. The company plans to use recycled and recyclable card dividers to protect its bottles during shipping.

Wemyss Family Spirits also powers its Darnley’s and Kingsbarns distilleries and visitor centres entirely with its own hydro schemes.

Their broader sustainability strategy includes meticulous waste management, with by-products from Darnley’s and Kingsbarns distilleries, such as spent grains, repurposed for animal feed and other agricultural uses.

To find out more about Wemyss Family Spirits, visit https://wemyssfamilyspirits.com/

To find out more about Wemyss Malts, visit: https://wemyssmalts.com/

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