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.
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.
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.
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.