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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman 12-year-old
17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.28 points
- £ 90 ex vat.
- What a successful festival bottling. The wait for the somewhat longer matured kilchomans was fully worth it. Here the Kilchoman character and the barrel influence harmonize perfectly. I hope there will be more bottlings at that age from the distillery.
Intense smoke with a slight industrial charm (somewhat oily and metallic), citrus fruits with a lot of acid, dried garden herbs, pencil shavings, fresh biscuit dough with lots of vanilla.
There is also some pepper and oak in the background.
With a little time and getting used to it, fine notes of honey and almond chips can be added. Has a lot to offer and a nice mix of distillery character and pleasant bourbon cask influence. It harmonizes and is fun to penetrate deeper inside.
After the very strong and harsh nose surprisingly mild and creamy but then comes the Islay aroma club. Now fresh herbs, warm (almost red-hot) smoke with a dirty tar note, sour fruits (now in the direction of lime) but also a little honey sweetness, vanilla and burnt biscuits.
Uih intense, aromatic and full. It makes no prisoners in the aroma.
Long finish with warm smoke, malty sweetness, again the lemon aromas and the biscuit dough (lemon cake), caramel and subtly spicy oak. At the very end, the smoke, dryness and a slight sharpness of pepper remain. Nice and intense, if a bit "classic". Kilchoman finally shows what he can do if he gets time to mature in good bourbon barrels. The finish doesn't want to fade at all.
- Price including shipping to Germany and credit card fee was 129€ per bottle (assuming you ordered 2 bottles)
- What triggered my interest in this expression is the fact that it is a rather mature Kilchoman at 12 years of age. Besides that, the label states this was solely matured in ex-bourbon barrels. So, it should be a rather pure expression, which is how I like Kilchoman best.
It needs some time to open up. I was about to put it away for a few moments when the movement of the glass caused some barn smells. Dry hey, mud on the ground, freshly cut grass. A slight fruitiness. Oh dear, a lot on offer, if you are willing to be patient. Adding a little water makes it easier to get past the alcohol, but no new impressions.
The seemingly pleasant abv does still seem to block the subtleties of this dram. That’s a shame. Mostly very hot and spicy on the tongue and a vanilla sweetness that keeps the peat in balance. With water a lot more fruity flavors. Then the chocolate and coffee flavours come to the surface. Excellent, but not much surprise beyond that.
Impressive, a very pure and straightforward farmy goodbye. You really taste the malt, which gives an indication about how active the wood was (not too dominating). This part of the tasting benefits most of adding some water. It makes it a delicious peaty beast to go a few rounds with on the mat.
Score: 85 points.
A very decent dram from a interesting batch of just 2630 bottles. I can’t deny being a little disappointed. It seems to promise a lot at pouring it in the glass and the age raised my expectations. Turns out that Kilchoman reaches high quality standards at quite a young age. Extra years in the cask does not seem to offer a lot more on balance or complexity. Compared to a Lagavulin 12 or a Bowmore at that age, Kilchoman does not deliver the same fireworks. But, truth be told, it does invoke a farm feeling, and this is what Kilchoman is marketed as. With that in mind, this Kilchoman is a very honest and authentic dram.
- 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 number 7.
Oh this is way more typical bourbonized Islay! Fruits and ashes. But in time the Kilchoman character comes to life. That typical leather-like and tobacco-like flavor that I associate with smoked paprika powder. Also I get smoked bbqed beef. This nose is exceptionally good!
Very, very tasteful and at CS dangerously drinkable! This is in no need of any water. Lovely full and thick mouthfeel. Creamy and even a bit waxy. Tropical fruit syrup with pineapple, peach and some apricot. Some white pepper, ashes and burnt out charcoal.
The long finish carries on the high level of quality. It just exceptional so wel balanced and harmonious this dram is! It offers more of the above in a pleasant and delicate way. This must have been a class A cask.
If only I was able to buy this at/around release price I would so without any hesitation! Probably the best Kilchoman I’ve had so far!
- Intense and aromatic. A superb bottling.
- Great whisky! This Feis Ile bottling is definitely worth a try! Beautiful combination of peat smoke and sweetness with a proper ABV works very well together here!
sweet, vanilla, wet grass, a bit like cooked fruit, some citrus notes, smoked bacon, peat
sweet & peaty, on the first sip you will know about the 54.2%... warming mouth-full feeling, sweetness, baked apples, some exotic fruit (almost like perfume-y), vanilla, the sweetness complements the peat really nicely
long, prominent smoke, few bitter notes from the wood, herbs.. and smoke:)
- Eyes: Golden smelling fragrance. Nose: Everything seems completely out of order. There is little peat, gentle lingering, mainly sauce, preserved fruit, cherry liqueur, the smell at this moment is still relatively dull, not fully opened.
Then slowly there were cherries, green plums, and yogurt parfaits with higher acidity, and in a moment I smelled thirteen fragrances. . . It feels like salt and cumin are sprinkled on the berries.
I wake up again, and more and more slender herbs and stamens emerge. Finally came the wonderful part of nose, a feast of ice cream, juice and flowers-fresh and lively daisies, fresh and delicious raspberry sorbet, mixed with a hint of wood.
Taste Palate: moderate saltiness, medium peat, not high sweetness, hardly bitter bottom. Mango, cherries, some pistachio shadows. The peat in the middle was a little too heavy, but it quickly faded, and then a lot of tropical fruits, guava, passion fruit ice cream, and the shadow of candied orange flesh appeared. Whenever decorative peat + fruit desserts are the main contributors, it is the highlight of island wine in my heart.
Final rhyme Finish: medium-length, dried herbs, guava, mango pancake, red jujube water Body: oily and powerful, full, relatively solid, without astringency and barrel shadow.
Amazing! The best Qihoumen I have ever had. The Island Festival is a delicate and exquisite work. Now I believe that the high-age Qihoumen (10yo+, there is no way the new factory’s vintage unit is like this) is fully capable of handing over to the winery. Fan satisfied answer sheet.
All the single barrels put before are modified with heavy barrel flavors to modify the low-age original wine. The peat is strong and rough, and the streamlined style and pretendingly sophisticated posture make people easily boring.
By weakening the peat and enhancing the other flavor dimensions, the refined Qihoumen can be called "fresh and juicy".
PS: The 89 I gave may be a bit high, but for someone who has had an expired license, I will praise it today.
- since the smoke is too dominant for me, it is not a malt for me
For me, this bottling comes very close to Ardbeg in terms of smoke and taste
slightly vanilla, mineral, earthy, smoke, buttery, strawberry, bananas
with water: sweet, light leather, more banana
strong and full on the palate
slightly oak, slightly spicy, smoke, slightly sweet, cucumber, black rubber, ash, tires, asphalt
with water: damp cardboard, very spicy
tart, slightly spicy, black rubber
with water: spicy, smoke, cinnamon
- Very nice whisky, a lot of sweet notes combined with some nice peated elements, and a suiting Abv. Very pleasant.
Initially very fresh and fruity, vanilla, citrus. Grassy. Then some more peat and smoke come in, ashy. Pretty strong alcohol.
Sal ammoniac, powerful, pepper, intense. Sweet smoke, caramel, milk chocolate. Very full body, creamy structure.
Still powerful, sweet smoke, caramel and milk chocolate, a lot of ash too. Pretty long.