Kilchoman 2012

Overall rating
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

Average value

€ 90,92

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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman 2012

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.67 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Menko scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This STR cask is balancing on a tightrope. It's on a thin line between like and dislike.
    Interesting. It's different.
    Keep a glass of water ready to wash away the finish and it's the perfect whisky to sit near the fireplace on a cold and windy winter evening.
    And...I agree with Tommyknocker; it would be nice if Kilchoman would shave, toast and roast a bourbon cask!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Peat, burned wood, some fruitiness, pepper. Massive and very promising.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Exacly what the nose suggests plus red grapes and some dark chocolate. Very nice!
    • Finish
      68 68
      The smokyness lasts for a short while, but then trouble starts. The burned wood masked an unpleasant saur taste of cheap red wine that makes you're tongue shrivel up.

  7. craide scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Nice combination of STR barrels and red wine. Something different indeed. Everything looks a little sweeter. You can try it, but you don't have to.
    • Nose
      86 86
      At the beginning stronger smoke, which settles somewhat, relatively soft with a nice greasy note. In addition, fruity raspberries, strawberries with a somewhat artificial fruit component that I can not yet assign. Slightly acidic sub notes follow. A little refreshing menthol with freshly charred wood. Oak wort is quite present. The STR red wine barrels are already making their mark.
      Not too bad ... great combination.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Soft, creamy start. Nice oak flavor, slightly tingly spicy.
      Add the fruity notes, it gets a little drier. Cinnamon and nutmeg mix to the fruity, subtly sour note. The smoke note is present all the time, but not too pushy.
      Nice interplay of red wine and peat smoke. Alcohol content fits well, provides the necessary strength.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-length finish, fruit and smoke fade, becomes slightly bitter towards chocolate.

  8. mema82 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Cubey666 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
      Red fruit, banana, peat, alcohol, fire, salty water, nutmeg, meaty, raspberry, umami flavors but a bit disharmonious.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Pepper, bitter, peat, hard, hot citrus, metallic, raspberry, ash, acidic.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Medium to short, much wood, bitter, citrus, alcoholic, ash, some peat, pepper, some red fruit

  10. Gabor1973 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    amber look and tears only a little
    • Nose
      fat and bodied peat/smoke
      salt seawater coming through
    • Taste
      deep oily/peated taste.
    • Finish
      fairly easy (for this kind of whisky) finish but with quite a kick after a moment. Nice


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