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Island of Islay Kilchoman Distillery Scotland

Kilchoman Fino Sherry Matured 2020

Review of a Kilchoman limited edition, entirely matured in ex-Sherry Fino casks.

Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 46%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry Fino first fill and refill
Chillfiltered: No
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Kilchoman
Average price: € 76.00
Official website: kilchomandistillery.com
Vote: 84/100

Back to the beloved Kilchoman and another Sherry bottling, which is certainly not new for the distillery, not known for following roads already beaten: like many young distilleries, the research into casks and the influence they have on the distillate is a continuous work in progress, perhaps not always successful but certainly interesting and not banal.

The fourth and final limited edition of 2020, released around mid-October with 10,500 bottles produced from twelve casks from the Miguel Martin bodega, all former Sherry Fino with eleven first-fill and one second-fill, obviously without colouring or chillfiltration. The distillate comes from productions in 2014 and 2016, and follows a similar edition released some time earlier for the Kilchoman club.

Tasting notes

Full gold in the glass.
Rivers of bacon flood the nose, a fleshy and pungent peat with woody reflections (pine needles, resin, rosemary) that reveals raspberries, dates, liquorice, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, all washed down with plenty of seawater. In time, olives in brine, a touch of asphalt, with the mineral part (and a medicinal spot) becoming more decisive. Overpowering.
The palate is effervescent, with exuberant ginger on blood orange, dampening the fleshy peat hit that turns more towards burnt rubber, while fruit (cooked apple, pink grapefruit, berries), liquorice, milk chocolate and a drop of honey emerge. Still very saline, especially along the length.
The finish is long and saline, of ash, orange, balsamic touches, prunes, ginger.

A rich and complex nose is matched by a palate perhaps more familiar but not negligible, where the peat unbalances the flavours and tends to take over too much of the scene, leading to a dram that leaves a hint of disappointment but still enjoyable.

Reviews of Kilchoman whisky 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

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