Kilchoman 100% Islay

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

Average value

€ 82.07

19 × in wishlist

112 × member ratings

315 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman 100% Islay

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.94 points

  1. 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.

  2. erwinnlim scored this whisky 83 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) : 6/10
    • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  5. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. spnimcco scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  10. spnimcco scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nice harmony between Islay Malt and Bourbon barrel


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