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Island of Islay Kilchoman Distillery Scotland

Kilchoman Machir Bay Christmas Edition 2020

Review of the cask strength Christmas edition of Kilchoman's popular Machir Bay.

Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 58.6%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry Casks
Chillfiltered: No
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Kilchoman
Average price: € 62.00
Official website: kilchomandistillery.com
Vote: 87/100

Let’s go back for a few moments to last Christmas, with the Winter version of the hugely popular Machir Bay, proposed at the end of 2020 in a cask strength edition.
Bottled in August of the same year, despite being a limited edition it’s offered almost at the same price as the basic version, and should not be confused with another cask strength (non-festive) edition, at almost double the price.

Tasting notes

Straw yellow with rosy reflections in the glass.
Wild strawberry and lychees highlight on the nose, in a caressing and sweetened profile with a thread of peat smoke as support. A saline note counterpoints pineapple, beads, yellow orange juice, horchata, pink grapefruit, aniseed touch and sprinkled with white pepper. Vanilla appears at a distance, along with an impression of boiled cabbage. Faceted.
Pleasant pinch of ginger and pepper at the entrance, with the peat that heats the palate in a soft and oily layer of burning wood, where fruits (kiwi, pineapple, orange, pere), almonds, scar notes (lime and grapefruit) and even salt are more noticeable on the length. Slight bitter base note, with sulphurous touches.
Fairly long and savory finish of dull embers, pepper, orange, red fruits, almonds, rhubarb.

An interesting and in some respects unusual whisky, in which the gradation infuses new expressions to a known face, without distorting it or leading to great revolutions, recognizable yet different in an unsead path of drinkability that you follow with pleasure.

Other bottlings in the blog:
Kilchoman 100% Islay 9th Edition
Kilchoman 100% Islay 10th Edition
Kilchoman 2012 Madeira Finish
Kilchoman 2012 Sauternes Cask Finish
Kilchoman Beija Flor 11yo
Kilchoman Fino Sherry Matured 2020
Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2020
Kilchoman Machir Bay 2018
Kilchoman Sanaig 2018
Kilchoman STR Cask Matured 2019

Other perspectives:
Malt Review

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