Treacle Chest is a blend of two unspecified Highland single malts that have matured in fourteen 1st fill ex-sherry hogsheads. It’s bottled non-chill filtered, naturally coloured and at an ABV of 46%. 6,300 bottles were produced and it’s available for a shy under £47 from Master of Malt.
Nose: Sweet sherbert-like fruits with a dense earthy spiciness. Interesting! Raisins, dried berries, brown sugars and milk chocolates as one might expect from a 1st fill sherry number – but these are joined by darker notes of sour cherries, malted cereals, wet soil, forest mushrooms, and an almost broiled ham like quality. There’s also wood varnish here alongside smoked tobacco notes, with both adding additional depth. A lot going on here.
Taste: Great translation to the mouth with cask spicing coming out and building steadily. Quite waxy and resinous and offering a lot more bitterness than the nose would lead you to believe – gone are the candied fruits and sherbets, onto the field of play come, heavy cask char, molasses and treacle (again, as good as its namesake). Heavy pepper, ginger and cinnamon provide serious oomph, but never feel like taking over entirely – they’re rather well balanced in terms of bitterness vs. sweetness.
Finish: Long in length and packed full of cask spice which slowly creeps away leaving a bitter and woody, but mouth-watering aftertaste.
Great stuff from Wemyss this one – tons of complexity and flavour and a really fascinating development which takes us on a journey from sweet through fruit and deeper into char and spice. Balanced, nuanced and very recommendable.
With thanks to Wemyss Malts for the sample.