Wemyss Malts will cease sales of the eight-year-old versions of The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney

Wemyss Malts will cease sales of the eight-year-old versions of The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney

Wemyss Malts is dropping the eight-year-old versions of its blended Scotch range and moving them to no-age statements.

The company, whose stable includes eight- and 12-year iterations of The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney, has blamed a shortage of suitably-aged liquid for the move. While all three will roll out as no-age-statement lines, Wemyss said today that the 12-year-old versions will be available "on a limited basis".

The firm released The Hive eight-year-old in 2012 and launched a no-age-statement limited edition, called Velvet Fig, last year.

"Velvet Fig was our first blended malt foray into higher strength and non chill-filtered bottlings, said MD William Wemyss. "We felt that the time was right to move our core expressions of The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney in the same direction."