Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon, finished in ex-Madeira Wine
Additional coloring: No
Average price: € 90.00
Official website: kilchomandistillery.com
Here we are with a single cask Kilchoman, distilled on 1 March 2012 and bottled on 22 April 2019 after a cask finish that previously contained Madeira wine, producing 244 cask strength bottles.
Bottled for Bresser & Timmer (Dutch store), this isn’t the only edition with this type of refinement, several having also been released for another store, this time in Israel.
Being a single cask, availability is not exactly easy.
Dark amber in the glass.
The aroma is full-bodied and peaty, as per contract, where the maritime tones intertwine with those of grilled meat, grafted onto a bed of ripe red fruits, dates, figs, toasted caramel and liquorice. The aromas gradually become more decadent, the vinous accent takes on vigour giving an almost marsalata turn, held at bay only by the peat that acts as a grim and smoky counterpart. Citrus fruits in the form of orange and chinotto are inserted into notes of bitter cocoa. Layered and rich, it shows continuous evolution in the glass.
And it’s always the ocean that pops up on the palate, pressing the pedal of smoking suspended between fish and carnivorous, throwing plenty of wood on the fire. Hints of woodland with pine needles, resin and balsamic tones mingle with ripe (with tropical traits) and dried fruit (walnuts, pistachios), plenty of citrus, a sprinkling of lemon, cocoa and liquorice. The transition between soft, balsamic and sour tones is continuous, a seesaw that always keeps the attention high.
The finish is very long, ashy, toasted, liquorice, citrus, salt, wood.
A deep, complex, very rich whisky, where the influence of the Portuguese liqueur complements and enhances the peat, giving the three-dimensionality needed to make the drink varied and stimulating.
Reviews of Kilchoman whisky in the blog:
Kilchoman 100% Islay 9th Edition
Kilchoman 100% Islay 10th Edition
Kilchoman 2012 Sauternes Cask Finish
Kilchoman Beija Flor 11yo
Kilchoman Fino Sherry Matured 2020
Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2020
Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021
Kilchoman Machir Bay 2018
Kilchoman Machir Bay Christmas Edition 2020
Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Matured 2012
Kilchoman Sanaig 2018
Kilchoman STR Cask Matured 2019