Thursday, 19 June 2014

Kilchoman 100% Islay 4th Edition

More exciting artisanal output from Islay’s newest operational distillery.

Kilchoman 100% Islay 4th Edition, 50% A⊕+

Distilled 2009/2010, 32 five year old and 8 four year old bourbon barrels.  From barley grown at the distillery, with all steps executed onsite.  Terroir!

Nose - Sweet lemon boiled sweets, toasty but balanced cereal rawness (in a way that reassures that this is “Scotch”, but is still richly opulent with tons of midrange).  Classic Kilchoman peat - mushrooms, sweet, damp, charred wood, seawater and szechuan peppercorns.  Some toffee and exciting deodorant and refreshers.  An exemplar Kilchoman.

Body - Rich, sweet pears, then balanced fire and barley sugar.  Intensely sweet, exactly balanced by ashen peat.  More refreshers.

Finish - Long, great peat integration, long lactic goodness.  Lingering notes of lemon sherbet and barley sugar.  A hint of acetone.  It’s fabulous.

What’s not good about it - This is a very young whisky, and that shows in the fire and character.

What’s good about it - But it’s absolutely wonderful.  I’m really excited that attention to terroir and innovation is producing such a fantastic result.  In ten years’ time Kilchoman are going to be producing some incredible whiskies if they keep this up.  Buy now.

Thanks to Kilchoman for the official sample!

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