The family name, pronounced ‘Weems’, comes from the Gaelic word for caves which stems from the rocky outcrop on the Firth of Forth on which the family home, Wemyss Castle, sits.
Looking back towards Edinburgh, the castle has been their family seat for over six centuries.
The Wemyss family have had a longstanding passion for malt whisky and their connections with the industry date back to the turn of the 19th century when John Haig (founder of Haig’s) built his first distillery on Wemyss land.
With this passion came the realisation that, even for the knowledgeable consumer, much of the malt whisky terminology can be confusing. Their range of hand crafted malts was conceived with the aim of making them more accessible and understandable.
They use the taste and aromas of the individual whiskies to identify each bottling, rather than the distillery, so the consumer can more easily understand the style being purchased.