Kilchoman Sanaig

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bourbon Barrels & Oloroso Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
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Bottle code
SAN 08.01.20 19/167
Added on
06 Mar 2020 10:33 am by Scheuni

Average value

€ 51.47

37 × in wishlist

340 × member ratings

1106 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman Sanaig

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.93 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. kikist scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    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
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweet which develops to chilly wrapped with cardboard
    • Finish
      85 85
      Dry, smoke, cardboard, sweet, berries, chocolate

  4. 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.

  5. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.

  6. dapoinbua scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  7. sarthur71 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. DramTimeDE 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

  9. 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.

  10. Spoerkel scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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


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