Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Red Wine
Additional coloring: No
Average price: € 80.00
Official website: kilchomandistillery.com
Released at the end of 2017, here’s another Kilchoman bottling showing a maturation carried out entirely in barrels generally used just for finishings, which went alongside those in Port, Sauternes and Madeira, the last two already seen on these pages.
Aged for five years entirely in ex-Red Wine casks from the Douro Valley in Portugal, bottled in October in 2017 producing 7,000 bottles.
Copper in the glass.
The nose has a vegetal and toasted peat, with pine and rosemary needles passed over burning wood, accompanied by pine nuts, blood orange, ripe pear, berry brioche, nutmeg and liquorice. All united by a briny profile in the background.
Full-bodied and lively on the palate, it begins with a copious burst of pepper and ginger combined with cinnamon and nutmeg, with the peat becoming more imposing and smoky, gaining meaty notes over the vegetal ones on the nose. Ripe red fruits reappear, with dark tones of liquorice, dark chocolate, almonds and pecans, blood orange juice and cooked pear. The sweet component is diluted in the harsher notes, thanks also to the ocean that continues to blow.
The finish is quite long and pungent, with pepper, spices, liquorice, blood orange, caramel and ash.
The double gamble of a young whisky matured entirely in red wine works, in a dram that is fun even if not particularly complex, perhaps a little off-putting in the alcohol content that scratches more than it should, with Kilchoman’s style proposed in a different but recognisable guise.