Kilchoman 2012

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
STR Cask Matured - Edition 2019
STR Red Wine Casks
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
STR 30.04.19 19/56
Added on
06 May 2019 8:40 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 102.96

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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman 2012

54 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.47 points

  1. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Dear Lagavulin 16,

    I will never forget you. You were my first love story in the country of scotch. Your smell on my fingers always makes me turn my head and smile stupidly. Olfactory perfection. However, and you have surely realized this, I no longer have the same passion for tasting you. My palate has evolved and you seem bland to me now. You know that I prefer beauty to natural and your excess makeup to E150 ended up getting sick.
    In addition, I must admit, I met a younger woman ... a close cousin, of Islay too. Kilchoman STR, that is its name. She reminds me of you 20 years ago ... she is not afraid of her age, she is fiery, she won me over.

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    What a dream fabric! I usually only associate kilchoman with bourbon cask, smoke and peat ... This kilchoman enchants me with its wonderful combination of sweet, creamy fruit and harmonious smoke and peat. Despite the 50% alcohol content, it is extremely mild and gentle, I am now indulging in the sample residue and am happy and satisfied for today!

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      Light amber rests in the glass, the premium snifter gives off an intense note of peat and smoke. Warm smoke mixes with mineral peat, creamy red wine in the form of sugar-sweet and overripe red grapes, creamy caramel and oily bacon, sour cherries and strawberries, raspberries and raisins. Oranges and apricots, peach and dates, the nose is incredibly sweet and fruity, plus the wonderful smoke and peat notes. Fantastic!
    • Taste
      The first sip flows gently and creamily through the mouth. Voluminous sweet and creamy fruit ends in smoky peat, suddenly the saliva is stimulated. Blackberries, sour cherries, strawberries, raspberries, bacon and leather, minimal tobacco, creamy chocolate, raisins, spicy wood tones, minimally smoky, voluminous peat. In terms of taste, this kilchoman burns almost the same aroma fireworks on the nose. Sweet fruit, mineral peat, spicy wood, fly ash, warming draw the wonderful aromas through the palate down to the stomach ...
    • Finish
      Warm, peaty, warm smoke, sweet fruit, a firework of flavors is just burning in the aftertaste! The tasty flavors stay on the palate for a long time and warm the throat and stomach. Fly ash settles on the creamy and sweet fruit note, creamy aftertaste fades away for what feels like an eternity. Simply wonderful!

  3. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Killed.By.Oak. Thou shalt not shave, toast and rechar unless you make bourbon. I hope this is not the way Kilchoman is going in the future.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    As part of a Kilchoman tasting led by Peter Wills, I had him in the glass once before, along with seven other Kilchomans. He came right to the end and, although there were a number of other drams in my glass before, he has had a very positive memory of me. I was curious how he would like me in an unprecedented tasting - how nice that in the end he even liked me a little better.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The aromas from the red wine barrel are directly present. If it were not for the typical Kilchoman smoke, you would not necessarily be able to identify him as a Rockside Farm child. Smoked bacon strips, cherry flavored chewing gum, grape juice, menthol. Bacon-wrapped dates. Through the smoke and bacon, the fruit notes are not sweet, but they give the nose only a pleasant fruity aroma. Scalloped wood, thyme, marjoram, coriander. Removes grease and chain oil.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Launches on the tongue with pleasant force, immediately dumps a dense cloud of peat smoke into the mouth. Sweet Amarena cherries, blackberry jelly, raspberry syrup. Slightly dry from coking logs. Leather and tobacco notes. Nutmeg, pepper, marjoram. Dark chocolate, espresso beans. The red wine pre-assignment ensures deep-dark, fruity notes, the STR treatment for a counterbalance to tartness and dryness. Fits together very well, fits like ass on bucket.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-long and dry finish, in which the peat smoke again presses neatly on the tube, the fruits still not kleinbeigeben and finally show chocolate and toffee notes.

  5. bikenerd scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I heard that not everyone likes this Kilchoman release and that some find the redwine influence a bit too much.

    I liked it a lot and the influence of the shaved cask is good but for me not too much in the direction of redwine.

  6. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    fresh peat, alkaline, salted butter caramel
    back of bottom of glass of red wine, tannin, red fruits, a little vanilla, a little dried seaweed.
    strong spices, rough bitterness, it raps under the tongue!
    Dry woody too, a little dehydrated cinnamon shavings, honey, fruit finally arrive on an indifferentiation, tangerine peach, a little grapes at the bottom of the tank for the champenois who will understand better.
    on the same scents with a side of maderized and cooked fruits, peat which leaves on liquorice, a little ash.

  7. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    At the very beginning I thought "it's a pity red wine again, something new would not be bad", but the burned out barrels make the whole thing really very interesting, the strong oak influence is clear, but makes for me the whole thing more complex and exciting and the fruity sweetness The red wine is a nice contrast.
    • Nose
      A nice sweet raspberry as an overtone, in addition quite decent oak influence, which brings some dryness and spice, the smoke is not too present in the nose, a bit acid, vinous, greasy, yes really then quite dry overall, slightly malty, yes good wood, slightly scorched
      After the first sip of creamy, some vanilla comes to chocolate (bittersweet)
    • Taste
      oily, full-bodied, starts sweet, the smoke here is more intense, fruity, red wine, raspberry, cinnamon, then the oak beats, it is drier, the mouth is a bit misty, acid, intense, overall a nice mouthfeel, good to drink, the 50% hit it again to the point
    • Finish
      red fruity sweet on the palate, increasingly dry oak in the mouth, ashen smoke, pleasant and warming finish

  8. tribe scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Smoke oatmeal and some BBQ. Rauch has a slightly phenolic note. Here too, some gingerbread and honey. Wine influence
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is a little too dry for me but gingerbread, honey and of course the dominant smoke. Something from the Asian spice palette and something berry .. I have nothing more.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The smoke remains pleasantly sweet, red wine cake.

  9. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Without water, it's too oaky, bitter, and barely felt the pleasent RW spices. 86/87.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Forest fruits, spicy oak, smoke, camphor and cut grass.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily. Citruses, forest fruit, dry wood, smoke and ash.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, dry, ashy, oaky.

  10. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87


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