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