Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon
Additional coloring: No
Average price: € 124.00
Official website: kilchomandistillery.com
There’s no need to say any more about Kilchoman, we’ve talked about it at length in previous reviews to which we refer you.
Beija Flor is the Italian importer of the distillery, which besides Kilchoman has in its portfolio other important labels such as Kilkerran, Springbank, Tomatin, Arran and, more recently, Bimber and The Lakes Distillery, as well as various gins, French wines and much more.
The bottling in question is an Italian exclusive, a single cask ex-Bourbon distilled on 27 March 2008 and bottled on 04 October 2019.
Peated at 50ppm and cask strength: will it be as delicious as it sounds?
SPOILER: oh yes!
Light gold in the glass, almost like white wine.
Peat caresses the nose, very maritime and gentle, together with cloves and a soft vanilla background. The whisky deserves to rest in the glass and let it open up completely, revealing coconut and milk chocolate which then reveal a more meaty side: a bit like sniffing a Bounty and then wrapping it in bacon, which may sound terrible, but I swear it’s pleasant to smell.
In the mouth, the taste is very full and oily, with the alcohol giving a decisive push to the peat, even more smoky and meaty, mixed with blond orange, vanilla, burnt wood and a nice salty profile. In the background, a hint of rhubarb, which instils that bitterness that balances the sweeter aspect of the distillate. This balance is remarkable, varied and enjoyable.
The finish is quite long, with the ash straddling the line between saline and bitter with orange in the middle.
A full and satisfying experience, with lots of personality and without a dull moment, certainly the best Kilchoman I’ve had so far and well worth its price (and more).
Other bottlings in the blog:
Kilchoman 100% Islay 9th Edition
Kilchoman 100% Islay 10th Edition
Kilchoman 2012 Madeira Finish
Kilchoman 2018 Sauternes Cask Finish
Kilchoman Beija Flor 11yo
Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2020
Kilchoman Machir Bay 2018
Kilchoman Machir Bay Christmas Edition 2020
Kilchoman Sanaig 2018
Kilchoman STR Cask Matured 2019