- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- The 9th Edition
- Calculated age
- 09 years old
- 1st Fill Bourbon & Refill Bourbon
- Number of bottles
- 50.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml 750 ml
- Bottle code
- 100 30.08.19 19/104
- Added on
- 10 Sep 2019 7:59 am by alf_laurel
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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman 100% Islay
16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.96 points
- Clear ripening process recognizable, slightly less smoke in the taste than the predecessors
- Nice harmony between Islay Malt and Bourbon barrel
- Light fruity taste, easy and enjoyable
- 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.
- Balance (22)
Pleases that sweet does not dominate. Wonderful basic (conditionally) molt of Ayla. (86,5)
Yellow fruits, vanilla, chocolate ... farm, iodine and hints of fruit composition with cream, banana cream (21,5)
Sweet, cream, salt and smoke (21,5)
Spicy, salty, smoky finish (21,5)
- 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.
- An interplay of smoky, maritime, sweet, spicy and creamy hints.
- A wonderfully balanced and sweet single malt. The smoke, the sweetness and the fruit are in perfect harmony.
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
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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...