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Kilchoman 12-year-old

Overall rating
88.40/100
votes
117
Whiskybase ID
157646
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2020
Bottled
28.04.2020
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
2630
Strength
54.2 % Vol.
Size
20 ml 700 ml
Added on
06 May 2020 1:49 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 249.91

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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman 12-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.40 points

  1. ConvalRen scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    £ 90 ex vat.

  2. Noface83 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    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.
    • Nose
      90 90
      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.
    • Taste
      91 91
      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.
    • Finish
      89 89
      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.

  3. nhuber did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Price including shipping to Germany and credit card fee was 129€ per bottle (assuming you ordered 2 bottles)

  4. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    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.

    Sniff:
    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.

    Sip:
    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.

    Swallow:
    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.

  5. ConvalRen scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Intense and aromatic. A superb bottling.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. pecathor scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    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!
    • Nose
      89 89
      sweet, vanilla, wet grass, a bit like cooked fruit, some citrus notes, smoked bacon, peat
    • Taste
      90 90
      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
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, prominent smoke, few bitter notes from the wood, herbs.. and smoke:)

  7. TsiAI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.

    Nose: 90/100
    Palate: 90/100
    Finish: 88/100
    Body: 88/100
    Overall: 89/100
    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.

  8. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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
    • Nose
      slightly vanilla, mineral, earthy, smoke, buttery, strawberry, bananas

      with water: sweet, light leather, more banana
    • Taste
      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
    • Finish
      long
      tart, slightly spicy, black rubber

      with water: spicy, smoke, cinnamon

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice whisky, a lot of sweet notes combined with some nice peated elements, and a suiting Abv. Very pleasant.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Initially very fresh and fruity, vanilla, citrus. Grassy. Then some more peat and smoke come in, ashy. Pretty strong alcohol.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sal ammoniac, powerful, pepper, intense. Sweet smoke, caramel, milk chocolate. Very full body, creamy structure.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still powerful, sweet smoke, caramel and milk chocolate, a lot of ash too. Pretty long.

  10. DennisV scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

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