Kilchoman 2012

Overall rating
86.61/100
votes
258
Whiskybase ID
WB101828
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Red Wine Cask Matured
Vintage
2012
Bottled
05.10.2017
Calculated age
05 years old
Casktype
Douro Valley Red Wine Casks
Number of bottles
7000
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
RW 05.10.17 17/61
Added on
07 oct 2017 9:07 am by kroby
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 180.00

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Whisky reviews for Kilchoman 2012

35 users have left 39 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.61 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    There are good to very good approaches to find, but it lacks depth to achieve top marks here. In my opinion, the wine barrel hides and conceals too many of the good kilochoman flavors.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Oops, the smoke has the red wine barrel cut but pretty nice. With such a young guy you should expect that he is going forward. Instead, it shows only a mild, slightly ashy and grape-sweet smoky note. A little malt and a cereal touch. Fir needles in the distance. A herbal mix.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet and overripe grapes, ashen smoke. Fresh oak chips and menthol. Toffee, caramel. Greasy with time.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Rather short, still slightly smoky and with the sweetness of the grapes. Herbe herbs.

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  3. Islaysmoke scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Best combination of red wine barrel influence and smoky distillate that I have been able to enjoy so far. As a rule, the red wine finishes did not appeal to me. This one is different! The dram makes you want another one.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweetness, grapes/berries, tart and some smoke on the nose.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Creamy texture, again with berries, smoke, a slight acidity and chocolate notes.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The smoke stays in the mouth for a long time. Vinous notes, a slight dryness and the sweetness are there for a maximum of medium length.

  4. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Not really a typical Kilchoman, but a very good combination of smoke and red wine
    • Nose
      If I had to describe the smell as a color, it would be a bright red, sweet, berry, almost fizzy, raspberries, then chocolate strikes, but more of the tart kind, greasy and sour, not even that much smoke, this one is dry, overall rather untypical for Kilchoman, also because I miss the often very present cinnamon note, but of course it is still not bad, the red wine is definitely very present in the nose, also some caramel and a very fine citrus note in the background
    • Taste
      Oily and creamy, directly massive red berries, raspberries, intense, here a bit more smoke, lemon concentrate at the tip of the tongue, therefore sour, chocolate, dark again, bacon, soda, then sweeter in the middle, would still not be with Kilchoman blind, good mouthfeel who have favourited 50% fit well
    • Finish
      Ashy smoke, red wine, getting drier, the mouth is coated, the berries still remain, some caramel on the palate, warming and pleasant, I have to think of coconut for a moment

  5. VEF206 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. thebonewolf scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Some smoke, spicy wood, medicinal, maybe a bit of sulfur.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet, touch of smoke, some spice comes in and dances with fresh fruit. The fruit gets almost tropical at times.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Cereals, woody, toasted, wax. Medium.

  8. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. sarthur71 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The taste and aroma correspond to 5 years of age and the high strength saves this malt a little, giving some richness. Too expensive, very overpriced.
    • Nose
      85 85
      at first, a little alcoholic, peaty, but after 10 minutes the aroma changes, it becomes very pleasant, sweet-peaty, although a short exposure is felt.
    • Taste
      83 83
      mostly red wine, in the background smoke and peat.
    • Finish
      84 84
      here it is more smoky-peaty than wine; softer and more intense.

  10. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose and palate are completely different. Wouldn't have thought he was so young. Only in the beginning do I find it too bitter and dry.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Smoky, smoked ham, dark fruits, lots of herbs, spicy, a little pepper, later becoming sweet
    • Taste
      87 87
      dark fruits, plums, raisins, sweet and creamy, chocolate, later a bit spicy, herbs and smoke only very slightly in the background
    • Finish
      84 84
      spicy with lots of herbs, slightly sweet and fruity. Getting dry and bitter quickly. Some smoke comes through.

  11. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Notes from the blind tasting:
    So, as a non-smoker, we imagine a full ashtray in which a few drops of colognes were dripped. Still a certain sweetness.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Ashy smoke, alcohol is present but not overpowering, bergamot (4711 "Real Cologne water"), sandalwood, cassis. After some time of sniffing, the smoke fades into the background and a honey sweetness and fruit flavor become apparent.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Plum in Madeira, dry smoke, herbs, a note of pepper is spreading. Still mighty cute. Isn't there a lavender flower in the corner?
    • Finish
      82 82
      Very smoky, then a bit bitter and astringent. A note of ash and a little bergamot persists.

  12. YuraLM scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Everything well balanced, very fruity and fresh. Even short maturation in this whisky is enough. One of the best in Kilchoman assortment.
    • Nose
      Smoky, medical notes, red current, red wine, smell of overriped grape, basyl, shades of mint
    • Taste
      Sweet red berries and fruits, light species, light saturation
    • Finish
      Short-lasting, light fruit smoke, red berries, light species

  13. YuraLM scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Everything well balanced, very fruity and fresh. Even short maturation in this whisky is enough. One of the best in Kilchoman assortment.
    • Nose
      Smoky, medical notes, red current, red wine, smell of overriped grape, basyl, shades of mint
    • Taste
      Sweet red berries and fruits, light species, light saturation
    • Finish
      Short-lasting, light fruit smoke, red berries, light species

  14. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Compared to the Sanaig or Loch Gorm in the nose much fresher and above all fruitier. However, the sweetness and fruitiness is a bit artificial. The smoke is a bit more subdued. Not so artificial in the mouth, but still pretty sweet. Again, the smoke is more restrained. At the end then comes some oak flavor.
    Personally, I do not like it because of these slightly artificial notes.

  15. coldsun scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose comes with strong sweet vine. Fresh fruits, dried fruits, exotic fruits, prunes, perfumes. Taste is dryness, dry vine, peaty smoke, toffee, barley malt. Ends with deep pepper, nutmeg, sea salt, grape bone.

  16. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. Roland7 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Strawberry! But almost nothing besides her. Smoke, pepper, new wood, smoked cheese, red berries and white chocolate.

  18. schengel10 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A full ripening in red wine barrels; not cheap, but a good malt;
    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      intensive; red fruits, crunchy, spicy oak;
    • Taste
      velvety, fruity onset, sweetness (honey), fine spiciness, oak, aromatic smoke, ashes, ausballan; oily body;
    • Finish
      dry, spicy (oak), finish: smoke and pepper;

  19. Ed Radour scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    up by almost 2 points after some considerable airing.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  22. larswehmeier scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      First ashy smoke. But then it is immediately sweet and fruity. The red wine is beautiful but not too dominant. Almost mild for a klichoman. Strawberries and raspberries. Fresh.
    • Taste
      Intense fruity and sweet. In addition the clearly defined smoke on the palate. Delicious!
    • Finish
      Dry but still mild. Medium. The smoke stays in the throat.

  23. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity, very slightly peat, red fruit. Spicy, cinnamon. Nuts, and caramel now too
    • Taste
      Firm, stimulating, salmiak / lakrisal, smoke. Oil-like structure, red fruit, some caramel, chocolate.
    • Finish
      Peppery still, peat, smoke. Another firm aftertaste, warming, quite long. Some red fruit, and wood tones.

  25. Koalafant scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Blindtasting 23.02.2018 => 90/100

  26. GIORGOS scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  27. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    That's really weird. Rating a 4 year old single malt, even if it is way above average, with 100 points! :-(

  28. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very nice Kilchoman that I can recommend to anyone!
    • Nose
      It starts with what you expect: vinous smoke, in detail, that are many red fruits, raspberries to blackberries, behind oranges, the whole is superimposed by the aromatic smoke Kilchomans
    • Taste
      Smoky and again a lot of red fruits, the smoke is nice ashy, you easily notice the youth, but that does not bother, oak and more and cream more behind
    • Finish
      The red fruits dominate everything, a fine raspberry syrup with smoke under it

  29. theograph scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    An interesting malt, not a high-flyer but nice to drink. PLV: 7/10
    • Nose
      Spicy, dry smoke at the beginning; then rubber (from the car tire) paired with smoke; furthermore beautiful aromas of wet forest, resin and even more smoke, it remains an association to camp fire smoke of wet fir branches; also juniper spices and vlt. All-pimento comes along, as well as a strange fruitiness of Haribo .. somehow also spicy and spicy, a bit young;
    • Taste
      Spicy, peppery, resinous and green, these are again the wet burnt fir branches and cones (resin), clear hints of cold smoke, coupled with a nice fruit note (Haribo);
    • Finish
      Spicy, dry and strongly astringent, not particularly long but nice to warm with a mighty portion of oak;

  30. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  31. Pollenflug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Ashy-sweet smoke and abundant red fruits dominate my first impression. The strong alcohol content (50%) is well integrated. Even after many minutes, the smoke is still very present, which increasingly mixes with the red and dark fruits (forest fruit jam) and forms the aromatic skeleton. Burnt caramel, grapefruit, marzipan, a touch of nougat, dark chocolate (a bit reminiscent of Mozartkugeln), slightly earthy aromas (wet forest soil in the autumn) and hints of spicy oak wood notes join. The Kilchoman is not extremely complex, but so far very elegant and balanced.
    • Taste
      With a beautiful, oily texture, the Kilchoman spreads throughout the mouth. An intense sweetness slowly runs down the cheeks, while on the tip of the tongue a subtle Pfeffrigkeit begins and causes a slight tingling. The 50-pound smoke is now fully absorbed: Sweet-ashen, the whisky begins to work on the taste buds, before the red and dark fruits quickly gain in intensity. Fresh grapefruit and blood oranges make for a slightly acidic impact. Delicate hints of roasted aromas, dark chocolate and spicy oak complete the flavor variety. With the addition of a few drops of water, the barrels used now more clearly reveal their origin: the malt becomes fruity and wineier. Despite the strong alcohol and smoke I feel the Kilchoman as almost dangerous tasty. On the palate, a slight, but not disturbing, dryness is already perceptible.
    • Finish
      Long and smoky-sweet. Freshly ground pepper briefly flashes at the beginning, before the sweet ashy smoke and the red and dark fruits take hold of the scepter. Follow dark chocolate and some oak. The balance is right again here. Slowly, the malt ends and leaves a slight dryness.

  32. Dramned! scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  33. Dramned! scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Complete review with info and photos: https://dramned.blog/2017/11/13/kilchoman-red-wine-cask/
    • Nose
      The smoke of Kilchoman I always felt as ashy-sharp with metallic echoes - quite different here: sweet aromatic smoke blows out of my glass here, reminiscent of a mild Ardbeg with extinguished campfire. And then the red wine barrel beats right through - it gets fruity. Especially sweet fresh sugared strawberry puree with vanilla, sour tart currant jelly and a little cooling peppermint. In summer, I always like to pomegranate the dark red pomegranate kernels, and I also have the sweet, aromatic aromas here. The vanilla in connection with the smoke reminds me a little bit of lightly ground semolina pudding. Mild oak wood shimmers through, gives a little dry depth. Alcohol is present but does not really bother.
    • Taste
      Again, the smoke is located on the sweet-mild side, but is a bit drier and ashier than in the nose and dominates the whole event. The complexity of the nose I find here not quite so pronounced again, a little less differentiated. Again rather red, sweet fruits, especially the currants, which harmonize nicely with vanilla. But the oak is more pronounced here than in the nose and gives - probably in harmony with the tannins of red wine - really nice tart and dark wood notes to the overall picture. Throughout, there is a continuous, beautiful peppery pungency, which lasts until the finish.
    • Finish
      Again, the smoke is located on the sweet-mild side, but is a bit drier and ashier than in the nose and dominates the whole event. The complexity of the nose I find here not quite so pronounced again, a little less differentiated. Again rather red, sweet fruits, especially the currants, which harmonize nicely with vanilla. But the oak is more pronounced here than in the nose and gives - probably in harmony with the tannins of red wine - really nice tart and dark wood notes to the overall picture. Throughout, there is a continuous, beautiful peppery pungency, which lasts until the finish.

  34. Gruenwhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The smell keeps what you expect from Kilchoman. Smoke with a slight sweetness.
    • Taste
      Kilchoman is very elegant. The wine note is very well integrated. The typical Kilchomanrauch with the usual sweetness and maltiness is of course back. The WeinNote does not come out as strong as with the Sauternes or Madeira bottling.
    • Finish
      Pleasant and Kilchoman typical.

  35. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This release is almost as good as the cask sample I tried before. Lovely Kilchoman, although probably not for everyone. Around 120 EUR, which is not cheap, but you get a very nice malt in return.
    • Nose
      Dark & sweet nose on cooked red fruit with some brown sugar in the mix. Earthy notes dominate, followed by some milk chocolate and wet wood. A lot of wet wood, actually, that has started decomposing. Sounds terrible but works fine for this Kilchoman that also sports a salty edge, albeit in the background. No trace of the citrus notes that are so typical for Kilchoman.
    • Taste
      The body is fine, while the arrival is extremely sweet. Red fruit up front, followed now by loads of citrus after all. Blood oranges, bergamot and lime. Some burnt wood emerges, without being a nuisance. Some roasted nuts appear in the background. Peat is present without dominating.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long, peppery, salty and sweet at the same time and simply delicious.

  36. Goethe scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    For me this Kilchoman tastes like a mix of Classic of Islay and some Longrow with a wine finish. To get the wine casks you have to add some water first.Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
    • Nose
      Smoke, sweet, red fruits, marzipan, chocolate, coffee, with water very winy.
    • Taste
      Smoke, sweet cognac cherrys, some sherry, dark chocolate, red and dark fruits, getting dry.
    • Finish
      Long. Smoke, red fruits, dark chocolate.

  37. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/twe-show-2017-day-1/

    It’s really worth stopping by the Kilchoman stand, simply to talk to the generously free-talking Anthony Wills.

    N: Bread=cake dough, red wine and some peat.
    T: Concise peaty sweet wine.
    F: Sweet peat.
    C: An easier/more relaxed Longrow ‘Red’.Scores a C+

  38. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Almost shy and discreet. a little dissapointing to be honest. Maybe I was expecting too much after all of my friends were raving about this bottle months before it came out. A good kilchoman (the spirit is always great) of course, but highly overpriced and overhyped.  A bad sign for todays whiskymarket that this kind of (5 y.o.!) Whisky is selling for 90quid...

  39. kroby scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    "The latest limited edition, Red Wine Cask Matured will be available worldwide from Monday October the 9th 2017. Just under 7,000 bottles of the limited edition have been released."

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