Kilchoman 100% Islay

Overall rating
85.88/100
votes
141
Whiskybase ID
WB138591
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The 9th Edition
Vintage
2007 & 2009
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
09 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon & Refill Bourbon
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
100 30.08.19 19/104
Barcode
5060210702410
Added on
10 sep 2019 7:59 am by alf_laurel
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 81.32

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Whisky reviews for Kilchoman 100% Islay

29 users have left 31 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.88 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It's nice that Kilchoman, after last year's trip to the sherry barrel warehouse, has used 100% Bourbon barrels again this year. And fortunately, Kilchoman just keeps getting better with age.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A comparatively mild smoky note, mixed with the smell of fresh wood chips and citrus. A bread and butter thickly coated with honey, a hint of bay leaves. After getting used to smoking, which takes place here quickly, the citrus note becomes more intense and a fine solvent note reveals vanilla crescents with cinnamon.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Powerful and creamy start, which puts a handful of whole milk chocolates and caramel candies on the tongue. Warm vanilla sauce, lemon drops, strawberry jam. After the creamy start it quickly becomes dry and astringent. Delicately tart herbs and spices, some black tea (unflavored).
      Now I almost forgot the smoky note ... Yes, it is there, but subtle.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length and dry, smokier than on the nose and on the tongue. Honey, vanilla, citrus, some bacon, charred wood.

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  3. Taribo scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  4. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Lemons and their juice, some feeling of linoleum and soft cleaning products, but not in a bad way. A bit of wood, some soft smoke. Prominent green olives in brine really takes over. With water brine, brackish, some white asparagus, pickles, a sweet touch of mint. This changed quite a bit as it oxidized; when I had just opened it, the fruit profile was more on some peach/banana axis, but it seemed to veer more citrus after oxidizing a bit.

      With water it gets increasingly oaky over time, which I did not really find endearing
    • Taste
      85 85
      Mint, some guava, banana, smoked graham crackers. Sweet and austere, ashes, brine, lemon drops, a touch of wet dog. With water the same-ish. Again, I got more guava on the first tasting and more lemons as it opened.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Mint and smoke, a touch of saccharine, the bitterness of lemon peel. Pebbly. Smoky wood ashes

  5. AnotherWhiskyDram scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      banana, acacia, forest, leather
    • Taste
      fruits, banana, salt, sweetness, you can feel the alcohol, leather, "heavy"
    • Finish
      mineral, salt, leather

  6. hzs275 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  7. bankimate scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. yarikovsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    21,5 22 22 21,5
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. martinseco scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    All the ingredients - water, barley and the peat for malt drying - come from around Kilchoman's Rockside Farm. That's a statement in itself! Then there is aging in bourbon casks between 11 and 9 years in the distillery's Dunnage Warehouse. Keep it up!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  12. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  13. ErrHaBe did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    A classic aperitif whisky: light, light fruit aromas, plus a nice spice that, with a little patience, penetrates the ash. A typical bourbon barrel bottling.
    • Nose
      Ashy, rather light, dry, reminiscent of Fino-Sherry. Yellow flavors. In addition, a pronounced ashy smoke like cold campfire, smoke chamber. Very intensive. Underneath you can guess at light, slightly sour fruits (gooseberries). A little lime zest. Burned matches are in the background. Water brings more sweetness and a denser aroma structure, plus a certain vegetable bitterness (green peppers).
    • Taste
      It falls off in taste. The fruits disappear almost completely, the whisky is now dominated by its flavor and ash. Sweeter than your nose suggests. Water reduces the smoke, brings out the light fruits and lets the sweetness play a lot stronger.
    • Finish
      Medium length, dry, cigar ash

  14. dapoinbua scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      earthy smoke, blistering ointment, medicinal notes with iodine, bright smoke, bit stingy on the nose. reminds me of a certain green candy i cannot describe. some funk with floral notes. water does not work good with this one.
    • Taste
      some peat in the beginning but not overwhelming. straw. bounces between burnt wood and decent sweetness - back and forth.
    • Finish
      burnt wood and ashes with some sweetness. furrs the tongue. some more salty notes with water.

  15. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. DharmaDrifter scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    A lovely engaging and unique dram with some vivid flavours.
    • Nose
      Bananas, banana foster, gorse flowers, mineral, coastline, very unique, grassy and light, vegetal sweet, weak green tea, light lemon oil, graphite, wet pavement and pine.
    • Taste
      Banana foster for sure, Pina colada, dry twiggy smoke, sea shells, diluted sea water and a wheat grass shot on ice, weak green tea, anise, mineral/wet stone after a storm, campfire coals and ash the morning after.
    • Finish
      Piney and a slight bitter finish.

  17. erwinnlim scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    An interesting take on an Islay malt. Well balanced between wood and spirit with no single overpowering note. A very good malt indeed. Value (£65) : 4/10
    • Nose
      Very sweet upfront. Vanillins from the oak and our barley sugar come together wonderfully. A touch of clotted cream. Fresh spritz of lemons over the top. The peat is quite restrained on the nose. A clean peat with no medicinal notes. Very cereal driven as well like having Cheerios with milk in the morning. Some pine nuts perhaps? A light minerality, much like wet sand or rocks. Spritzes of lemons and some sweet baked apples as well.
    • Taste
      Ah here comes the peat. Like smoking embers on the palate. It seems much darker and richer here. Apart from that the notes from the initial nose are well represented here. Very cream-like in texture. Still citrus forwards and sweet apples arrive. Loads of cereal influence and a touch of salt as well. Still very vanilla driven alongside that touch of pine. A light dusting of white pepper bring some heat.
    • Finish
      More vanilla into the finish, those ex-bourbon barrels really leaving their mark. A minty herbal freshness. The ashy smoke continues on into finish along with more of that pepper note.

  18. spnimcco scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Clear ripening process recognizable, slightly less smoke in the taste than the predecessors

  19. spnimcco scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nice harmony between Islay Malt and Bourbon barrel

  20. vlad_stadnyk scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Light fruity taste, easy and enjoyable

  21. the_muskox scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Damn, this was disappointing. It’s one of the oldest Kilchomans I’ve tried, but it somehow seems young. The Kilchoman character is still there, but the usual punch of peat on the palate has turned mostly into black pepper. There are some nice aspects, like the salt and fruit on the nose, but’s so peppery. Maybe it’s a similar effect as Octomore 10.1, where the lower level of peat in a whisky you expect to be peatier makes the whisky just less interesting? A peaty uncanny valley? An uncanny glen, if you will? My least favourite Kilchoman to date.

    Nose: A blast of fresh, salty peat smoke, with a dry woody edge. There’s a bright, somewhat tight fruity sweetness as well: fresh pear, some pineapple, green grapes, white chocolate apricot jam, and something like lychee. There’s definitely some musty, sour-earth funk going on, as well as some mineral water, green wood, and tree sap.

    Palate: Light texture, with a kick. Right up front, there’s a weird blast of juniper, before the heavily black-peppered smoke kicks in. The smoke has more of that dry woody element here than in the nose. There’s dark chocolate, a hint of dried meat and pine sap. Once the pepper starts to clear, there are some dried apple slices, salted peanuts, seaweed, and basement must.
    I added a dribble of water, which didn’t change much but added more earth, some honeydew melon, and chili.

    Finish: Fairly short. Still peppery and smoky. Maybe some mortadella? Mineral water, oat biscuits, and lemon.

  22. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Pleases that sweet does not dominate. Wonderful basic (conditionally) molt of Ayla. (86,5)
    • Nose
      Yellow fruits, vanilla, chocolate ... farm, iodine and hints of fruit composition with cream, banana cream (21,5)
    • Taste
      Sweet, cream, salt and smoke (21,5)
    • Finish
      Spicy, salty, smoky finish (21,5)

  23. Izzino scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful fresh and definitely different from the standard Kilchoman series. Very green, grassy, fresh. Lemon peel, white pepper, grass, hay, malt and pearl citrus, fine honey, not so pronounced.

  24. dominikbraun scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    An interplay of smoky, maritime, sweet, spicy and creamy hints.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  25. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A wonderfully balanced and sweet single malt. The smoke, the sweetness and the fruit are in perfect harmony.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very sweet, sugary notes are the first impressions on the nose. Vanilla, sweet pastries, pudding, cake batter. Children's chocolate, light citrus notes shine through, frosting, lemon cream. The whole thing is accompanied by wonderfully flattering peat smoke. The smoke is very soft and gentle at first, but over time it becomes a bit more maritime and powerful. Fierce as the sweetness outweighs the peat smoke. Gradually spicy notes and light herbs appear. After a few minutes, after the first tasting, more fruit appears - sweet, red berries
    • Taste
      86 86
      The smoke becomes clearer here. Maritime, campfire, salty, light oak seasoning, dried seaweed, charred pieces of wood. Only underneath can you find the sweetness with weak citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Warming, great smoke, dried wood, open fire, the sweetness shows a slight presence. The finish is medium to long, the whisky smokes for a long time afterwards.

  26. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The dram that I was allowed to test was Whisky Festival Milano 2019. Unfortunately, I have to be honest and say that samples generally don't do as well as a whisky straight from the bottle. I find that on average the whisky tastes best from an approximately 80% filled bottle that is open for 2-3 weeks. Fortunately, there are always exceptions. I can't tell if he was one. But what I can say: I don't get a bottle of this whisky.

    If I had to taste blind I would say that whisky is a bit younger. I couldn't see much barrel influence. Very smoky, little sweet and little vanilla. However, finding a dram with so little sweet taste is almost a unique selling point. That was a change.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Extremely medical and very smoky at the beginning. Wood and wort initially remain somewhat covered. As soon as the smoke evaporates, freshly cut wood, grass, hay and white wine appear. The nose is clearly the best of this dram.
    • Taste
      82 82
      At the beginning there is an extremely bitter note. However, this changes to dark chocolate. In the taste, more gingerbread spices now appear.

      The mouthfeel is really unusual: bitingly dry with a rather acidic taste. And all this very intensely.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Wood, dark chocolate 95% and a very light smoke dominate the finish. After a while it appears cold and dry and after a few minutes I taste cigarettes. It shouldn't have been. But there are certainly people who like it.

  27. GJR scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    As the editions age, they begin to lose the luster and power that made Kilchoman so interesting (to me). This is mainly a sweet peat / smoke and certainly feels a bit made and clean on the nose and taste. Finish is still clear Kilchoman. Unfortunately...
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A nice layer of peat. Cereals, and a hint of barley sugar. There is some vanilla and honey. Followed by lemons. It’s a little bit nutty too. Hay.
    • Taste
      More peat than in the nose. But its’s creamy too. Chocolate and caramel. Somewhat salty. Honey again and cereals in the background. Then lemons and green apples, which gives it a little bit of freshness. Quite nice. Some menthol in the very background. And spices.
    • Finish
      Peat again, and vanilla. Lemons.

  29. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Peter Wills, one of the sons of the distillery founder, was in Cologne for a Kilchoman tasting - while ghosts and ghosts were celebrating Halloween outside, we were able to devote eight different bottlings to the distillery under the guidance of Wills.
    It started with a comparison of the 2nd and 9th releases of the 100% Islay.
    It's amazing how close the two are, which quality the 3-year-old bottling already has. Of course, the 9th release has more depth and a much richer and longer-lasting finish, but you can find much that features the older bottling in the six year younger edition.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  30. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    On the nose of cereals and peat, wheat, barley, millet. Add to that light vanilla, meringue and whipped cream, sponge cake, barely a little lemon. Wheat, sun, orchard fruits, ripe apple, crunchy pear, peach. Sympathetic palate with white fruits, plum, grapes, plums. Slightly aggressive finish, earthy, sooty, stony. Quite long, however. Quince and orange jam in retro-olfaction.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/12/kilchoman-100-islay-9th-edition.html
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  31. Iron133 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  32. face scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      79 79

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