Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry Oloroso
Additional coloring: No
Average price: € 85.00
Official website: kilchomandistillery.com
Here is the tenth edition of a much-loved bottling for Kilchomaniacs, which has been a cross and delight for fans of the Islay distillery since 2013.
As always all in former oloroso Sherry casks, this time it comes from distillates produced between 2007 and 2013, left to age in twenty first-fill and two second-fill casks, producing 17,250 bottles in May 2022 at the usual minimum ABV to allow for the absence of adulteration.
The marriage of peat and sherry is one of the most fruitful, when well managed, and the nose confirms this conviction: nutmeg, cloves, red fruits (blueberries, sour cherries), tangerines and liquorice are imbued with toasted wood and impressions of barbecue, in perfect balance. Sweeter, more delicate notes of malt, caramel and ginger biscuits offer depth, with an almost earthy vein running through the nostrils. Full.
Citrusy and crisp on the palate, the smoke takes the form of lit tobacco smoking spices (with a consistent presence of ginger and black pepper), while the red fruits become less bright in favour of chinotto, liquorice root, salted caramel and even sharper hints of malt and earth. A hint of fondant.
Quite long finish where smoke dominates accompanied by liquorice, spices, salted caramel and bitter cocoa.
A palate that leaves you a little unsatisfied compared to much richer and fuller olfactory sensations, it’s still a fine dram even though it leaves you with the idea that it could have given more, perhaps with a more centred gradation than with such a rigid choice that leaves little room for expressiveness.