Kilchoman Sanaig

Overall rating
85.72/100
votes
586
Whiskybase ID
WB150543
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
08.01.2020
Casktype
Bourbon Barrels & Oloroso Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
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Bottle code
SAN 08.01.20 19/167
Barcode
5060210700607
Added on
06 mar 2020 10:33 am by Scheuni
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 52.83

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Whisky reviews for Kilchoman Sanaig

26 users have left 28 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.72 points.

  1. larswehmeier scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I'm usually more of a fan of the ex-bourbon-ripened kilchomans, but this is an exciting alternative.
    • Nose
      A lot of sweet sherry, dark fruits. Fig and plums. The smoke is nicely integrated. Bacchier than usual at Kilchoman, but still maritime and fresh.
    • Taste
      The smoke is there first. Pleasantly ashy but rather mildly smoky. Then really sweet and fruity. Clear dried fruit. Spicy and a bit peppery on the tongue. Some smoked bacon on the palate.
    • Finish
      Quite long and pleasantly warm. The smoke remains sweet and aromatic.

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  3. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Although you are basically dealing with a very smoky bottling here, the smoke is surprisingly well integrated and not dominant. This may be mainly due to the intense sherry, which forms a nice counterpoint to it and kills the smoke a bit. If you like this combination and are looking for a malt with a good price-performance ratio, you've come to the right place with the Sanaig.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/kilchoman-sanaig/
    • Nose
      Heavy sherry and cold, medicinal smoke are beautifully woven together. The feeling in the nose is initially very sweet and reminds of syrup, but becomes drier and spicier over time. The sherry brings a mix of various dried fruits such as raisins, prunes and cranberries. There are also sour cherries and a subtle citrus note that reminds me of orange peel. The oak brings spice cabinet flavors and intensifies over time to an association of freshly cut oak. You won't find any aromas from the bourbon casks, but a hint of vanilla finally comes through.
    • Taste
      It is also very sweet on the tongue and surprises with a very soft texture. Again the smoke is very strong but still almost overpowered by the sherry. In contrast to the nose, I find more fresh (red) fruits such as various berries and cherries. The dried fruits take a back seat. There is also a subtle citrus note on the tongue, but it is slightly more acidic on the nose compared to the orange peel. After a few seconds, the oak also comes through, albeit quite subtle with surprisingly little spice. The mouthfeel remains sweet with hints of chocolate.
    • Finish
      The finish is initially sweet and fruity with a clear cinnamon note, but then becomes significantly drier over time. Then the smoke comes out again and combines with hints of oak. Overall, the finish is pleasantly warming and long. The smoke remains in the throat even after the other impressions have disappeared.

  4. Joe Karacho scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A great entry-level sherry smoker, PLV fits, I haven't bought this for the last time.
    • Nose
      Dark fruity notes of raisins and prunes, plus smoke and herbs that I can't define
    • Taste
      Oily and heavily smoky, slightly alcoholic, significantly less fruit, but malt sweetness
    • Finish
      Medium to long, smoky, becoming drier, the dark fruit comes through better again

  5. Joe Karacho scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A good entry-level malt if you are looking for a combination of smoke and sherry. I will buy again.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoke, citrus fruits, but also grapes and red berries, plus some herbs
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily sweet. Smoky and fruity, a bit young and rough, but the bottom line is harmonious and balanced.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length, smoky, dry and somewhat woody.

  6. rafgpereira did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    2022/09/14
    Part of a peat blind tasting.

    My favorite of the night, a great dram.
    • Nose
      Woody, caramel, salty, some peat
    • Taste
      Salty, red berries, cherries, sweet, woody, light peat
    • Finish
      Short-medium persistence, light bitterness

  7. Opeth83 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very nice Kilchoman, but I like the Machir Bay even better.

  8. Drum scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A real summer rain in a jar, a teaspoon of water/dram made it even better for me.
    • Nose
      Gingerbread, soft smoke, citrus, thunderstorms (ozone), large wilted flowers.
    • Taste
      Light pepper, delicate smoke, mild, dark fruits, pastries, leather, sweet biscuit spices, summer rain/thunderstorm (petrichor/ozone).
    • Finish
      Mild, heavy sweetness, long, light smoke

  9. KEngelaar scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Originally, I bought this whisky for a fellow enthusiast of smoky whisky as a birthday gift. I chose the Kilchoman Sanaig, because at the time, it was relatively hard to get, such that the chance was high, that he didn't know this one. Upon receiving the bottle, it was immediately opened and drew wide attention. There were 8 other bottles on the table, but this one was tried more than once by 5 people.

    It is intense with respect to the floral, smoky and maritime notes. The smoke is rather warm and fresh, like a campfire. The floral notes remind me of the Tomintoul 16 years, while the maritime notes remind me of an Old Pulteney whisky. I recommend this one for after shoveling snow in the winter.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Warm smoke, but less intense than e.g. Ballechin or Benromach. A slight tobacco note. Sherry, dark and dried fruits. Spring blossoms with fresh cut gras. At first, it reminds me of lye pastry. I recommend a wide nosing glass, not this rather slim Glencairn nonsense.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sherry, vanilla and sweet smoke. Then some citrus, floral and heather notes. At last a maritime note. Unique in this combination
    • Finish
      87 87
      Like a glas of sherry by the sea next to a campfire. Sweet, warm smoke with a substantial amount of oak. Followed by a maritime note and sherry. Quite some oak and vanilla towards the end. Medium long but tasty finish.

  10. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  11. ldz794140310 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    This is a very distinctive whisky for people who are keen on tobacco. But I personally don't like it very much.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Intense peat flavors, sweet and sour flavors of dark berries, spices, sherry, black coffee
    • Taste
      84 84
      Charred coals, ashtrays, leather, cigarette acrid
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is medium, with some pulp acid, cigarette notes

  12. aw-home scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Campfire peat smoke with heather, citrus, red berries, tobacco and maritime notes.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Peat smoke with maritime notes, tobacco, vanilla, citrus and heather.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long with peat smoke, maritime notes, citrus, vanilla, tobacco, red berries and heather.

  13. Collegiate scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not as sherried as the dark colour suggests. Found the flavours to just be too discordant with this bottle. The peat and sherry don’t really sing well together. There is a bit of Kilchoman distillate pushing through here which is nice. But it’s overwhelmed by burnt sherry elements that doesn’t add sweetness to the development. Not a bad dram, but won’t be a repeat buy for me. I’m more curious to find some more naked, exbourbon Kilchoman in the future.

  14. Spoerkel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good PLV. Also a solid Peat + Oloroso drop due to the typical Kilchoman light grass aroma - but not much more.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. Holzwurm scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. kikist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Year ago this was my favorite Kilchoman, untill now it lost it's title but still like this one
    • Nose
      84 84
      walnuts, grainy, dark fruit, coconut, olives
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweet which develops to chilly wrapped with cardboard, fair amount of the smoke, hints of chlorine, ash
    • Finish
      85 85
      Dry, smoke, cardboard, sweet, berries, chocolate, white bread, chlorine, hard candy with artificial flavors

  17. CluaranDeilgneach scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    1. Good price/quality ratio.
    2. Promises much more complexity and sweetness than it delivers.
    3. I am not quite sure what is the purpose of this edition regarding to existence of Machir Bay AND Loch Gorm.
    4. Still good stuff, quite youthful and bright.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Coastal sweet-sour peat with vanilla and cherries this time. Then seaweed, ash, barley, strawberries...
    • Taste
      86 86
      Not as sweet as colour would suggest but a bit more interesting. Ash, sweet smoke, quite sweet-sour in fact. Vanilla, ripe and dried fruits: dark and red cherries, plums, milk chocolate Then spices comes in: cinnamon, pepper, dry oak.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, peaty and smoky, but it remains sweet and a bit spicy.

  18. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    In 2017 I’ve visited this idillic distillery on the far west of Islay. It caught me since that day but somehow every time I wanted to buy a few bottles and/or samples I ended up buying different stuff. But...Finally...this week I pulled the trigger and bought 14 samples and 1 bottle of Kilchoman. Time for an in depth liquid tour of what this distillery can produce! This is the 5th
    • Nose
      Typical Kilchoman nose instantly. Lovely sherry flavors combined with some sweet bourbon-like flavors. I get unripe strawberry, cherry and bramble combined with a thick layer of vanilla. Also quite some younger barley notes like sugar and grains.
    • Taste
      Full of flavor with quite some dry oak flavors. Quite some vanilla, cinnamon and orangepeel. It appears to be rather youthful in this part. It behaves quite restless. Upon arrival some specific flavors are to be detected but soon it feels rather neutral, sharp and peppery.
    • Finish
      In the medium length finish it recovers a bit. Again I get these typical tobacco- and leather-like flavors. It leafs the mouth tingling again. Something I often experience with Kilchoman.

      Water makes this one less youthful but also rather flat. Although it is tasteful, this would not be my first choice when buying a Kilchoman. I think it’s a little too restless for that.

  19. Captain Teague scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Still good plv 41 EUR / from memory the 2019 had somehow more substance overall..seems a bit thin it's not complex (smoke sweetness, that's almost it) not that I would sense any (classic) sherry influence and somehow a strange viscosity / mouthfeel ... I hate to rate this below 85 but it's really not more than easy very easy sipping fun stuff where the fun factor should be higher... maybe having a bad day will see in few weeks.

  20. dapoinbua scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  21. sarthur71 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  22. SpringBarley scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    great plv for a islay whisky - young, yes, medium to short finish, yes - but for just a little over 40 Euros, worth every penny for me
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  23. Juergen Willi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The Vatting of Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry (Oloroso) Casks plus the typical Kilchoman Peat Smoke makes this an engaging dram. Very addictive.
    • Nose
      Sweet Smoke, dark Fruits like Plums & Cherry, Caramel and lots of Tobacco. The Sherry Influence dominates.
    • Taste
      Fruity, spicy (nutmeg, pepper), Cigar Box, Forest Honey, smoked ham, dry smoke, Pepper. Well balanced, the Alcohol is perfectly integrated and this is a young Whisky. It doesn`t need Water. Respect to Kilchoman. It seems, they have a very good Cask Management.
    • Finish
      In the beginning sweet and herbal. Reminds me of Cough Syrup. Then Charcoal & Ashes and some mild Tanins. Quite long. Not unusual for a peated Malt.

  24. keizerjos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    My very first Kilchoman.
    The smell is that of tobacco smoke at its best. Like as an ex-smoker, so very sometimes I suddenly smelled a wapper from a cigarette (Gauloise is famous / infamous) and can smell not horrible but just as deeply, full of homesickness and desire, longing back for the rare spicy comfort that cigarettes so very sometimes bring .
    Addictions bring out the lyrical poet in people, you can see that again here. Vincent had his Absinthe, Paul & John had LSD, I had la dame Gauloise.
    On the palate, the smoke is mild, juicy (juicy smoke? Omvlee, are you okay?) And constructive - it supports and enhances the mild cherry, wood and (far away ...) vanilla notes. Softly sweet, complete, casual and without harsh notes, this whisky is complete but has no outliers, which makes it a bit anonymous. The sherry is not very present, and that was the reason why I bought it.
    The finish is warm, peppery, drying in the mouth, with woody notes and ash.
    Conclusion: good stuff. Promises more (sherry) than it delivers. Not much depth - NAS, low price, let's go. Pull up a cigarette after 13 years of abstinence. And thanks. I still have the rest of the bottle.

  25. Spoerkel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    nice full sherry aroma, which is later supplemented by a certain grass aroma (?). Good price-performance ratio.

  26. WhiskyResonance scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Price quality one of my favourite sherry's: very balanced and super easy drinking. For me even better than the 2019 version.

  27. HW74 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The influence of the sherry barrel makes it dark. It must have been an old sherry ..... Seems almost as if Kilchoman gets the good barrels that used to end up at Aberlour ;-) (when I think of the A'Bunadh Batch 62).
    Super successful, I already emptied the first Sanaig from 2015, I don't remember it as well as this one.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  29. birkzehn scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

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