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GlenWyvis Distillery | Malt – Whisky Critiques

I just lately attended the Nationwide Whisky Competition at Eden Court docket Theatre in Inverness. While there, I used to be pleasantly reminded of the emergence of a brand new distillery right here within the Scottish Highlands, and its younger however energetic product: that of GlenWyvis.

The distillery has a historical past in a way, maybe not direct, however quite like a distant cousin who as soon as lived in the identical space, and perhaps some household traits have been handed on. It’s from two native “misplaced” distilleries – which closed in 1926 – that the brand new distillery takes its title: Ben Wyvis and Glenskiach. The brand new distillery lies within the shadows of the the Ben Wyvis Mountain and was fashioned by way of a fundraising train, with the primary spherical going reside in early 2016 and a second spherical in 2017. Right this moment, the distillery may be very a lot a community-owned mission.

Like many youthful distilleries, the primary product to be launched was a gin. Bottled underneath the title “Goodwill Gin,” and having been by way of some experimental maturation, this liquid remains to be out there. However, it was finally the prospect of a single malt that made me maintain my eyes peeled for a launch coming over the Kessock bridge from Ross-shire.

In 2021 it arrived: the inaugural launch, bottled with a distillation 12 months of 2018 and a bottling date in 2021, giving it a barely longer than three years’ interval in maturation. As for the wooden: info out there states there have been solely 18 casks stuffed, with the make-up of the wedding being 80% Tennessee whiskey first fill barrels, 15% first fill Moscatel cask and 5% refill whisky casks. An fascinating wee combine; how did it maintain as much as the mixing?

GlenWyvis Batch 01/21 – Evaluation

50% ABV, non-chill filtered, no added color.

Color: Pale gold.

On the nostril: A delicate malty affect, barely spirity (it’s younger), vegetal, however floral/candy.

Within the mouth: A bit spirit ahead on the preliminary style, maybe greater than on the nostril, fruity, perhaps plums? Or stewed prunes, however I hated that as a child and I’m form of having fun with it right here. There’s a particular essence of brown sugar. On the end: lingering, fruity, toffee towards the tip?


Effectively, it’s not dangerous, for a younger new whisky I’d go so far as to say it’s fairly good. I feel it’s a good illustration of Highland whisky; usually I’ll discover a heather notice in Highland drams however perhaps it’s hidden behind the youthful façade. Time will inform, I hope!

Not an costly bottle when launched (he inaugural launch was offered at approx £95 direct from distillery), however as is common with inaugural releases they have a tendency to shoot up after the preliminary sale interval (it’s now offered out and may command roughly £200 on secondary market). I’d name this an inconceivable dram to purchase now… until the pockets are deep, and my overview is absolutely for historic function to steer you onward within the GlenWyvis journey.

Rating: 5/10

Batch 2 of the GlenWyvis spirt is taken into account the primary “main” bottling from the distillery. This launch was given a unique maturation than the inaugural launch, made up from 23 casks this time, the wedding breakdown is: 60% Tennessee first fill, 25% First fill Oloroso, and 15% refill hogsheads. The better use of wine casks this time is fascinating.

GlenWyvis Batch 02/18 – Evaluation

46.5% ABV, non-chill filtered, no added color.

Color: Pale gold.

On the nostril: The same malty affect initially to the nostril, floral, and a fruit juice sweetness.

Within the mouth: A distinction to the Inaugural in that I do know it’s younger, however the fruity affect is way better. Vanilla comes by way of however I can actually inform {that a} sherry has been right here; orchard fruits, maybe feels extra like a Speyside than a Highland malt! The end is lingering, with summer time berries, fruity resulting in bitter, but candy chocolate towards the tip?


Elegant, younger, refreshing, welcoming, and guess what? It’s out there! This is a wonderful step in relation to the journey that GlenWyvis are heading out on. Sure, it’s nonetheless younger and little doubt others will discover issues that maybe don’t agree with them, however for me it’s a wee cracker, and at round £60 its well worth the splash.

Rating: 6/10

General Conclusions:

GlenWyvis is an instance of how somebody with a dream can affect others to get onboard and create a sustainable business in a comparatively small group. Their sustainability and community-based ethos is one thing they strongly promote throughout their model. Because the whisky factor of the corporate’s output turns into extra mainstream (it’s presently out there throughout Europe, the Gin has made the journey throughout to the USA, and hopefully the whisky will seem throughout the pond quickly) it will likely be fascinating to see how the liquid develops and matures. With solely two releases – and each with completely different cask utilization – once more I’ll be keeping track of how they evoke change and distinction of their spirit.

Pictures courtesy of GlenWyvis.


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