Kilchoman Am Bùrach

Overall rating
86.23/100
votes
216
Whiskybase ID
WB158864
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2020
Casktype
Ruby Port Finish
Number of bottles
10550
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
AB 15.05.20 20/49
Barcode
5060210702908
Added on
23 may 2020 11:51 am by Rumology.be
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 123.94

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216 × member ratings

761 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Kilchoman Am Bùrach

44 users have left 47 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.23 points.

  1. VEF206 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. TimkoT scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Birch bark, blackberries, cooked plums. Resin that gives a nice fullness, bacon, smoked ham. Donkey sausage, with garlic and fine herbs. Peat is not at all invasive. Candied cherries, pomegranates, currants. It's fruity, with a slight acidity On the palate, plums, varnished wood, gold powder, starch, spices, cumin, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon. Long finish, fruity, caramel, charcoal, prickly pears, hazelnut. Black olives.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/03/kilchoman-am-burach-9-yo.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. MaroFF scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Because I like Kilchoman, every project, except Machir Bay, I can also include this one in the "I like" category
    For such a "mess", I can even boldly say that it is a very "orderly" mess. The alcohol is completely undetectable, all the aromas match the taste and, most importantly, there is almost as much of each as it should be. The longer I savor it, the more it draws me in and encourages me. It was hard for me to get this position, but I am glad that my effort has had a positive effect both in striving for this bottle and in dealing with its contents.
    • Nose
      87 87
      quite expressive, grapes, Porto, blackberries, wet forest litter, ash
    • Taste
      87 87
      slightly tart, fruity, forest blueberry jam, raspberry mousse, peat, delicate spring onion in the background
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, bittersweet, again raspberries, blackcurrant, negligible pharmacy notes, the end is slightly spicy, warming, smoky

  5. PortYouri99 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

  6. Thoma scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Port cask on diet
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. HoneyBadgerZ scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    really fruity and oily with a nice little history around this batch

  8. the_muskox scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice stuff! It’s so sweet, but in a somehow refreshing way. Well, at least to me and my enormous sweet tooth. I love those cola and berry notes in particular. I wouldn’t say it’s balanced with that dry Kilchoman smoke, but I’ll say that the two sides of the dram do work together nicely. Those creamy olive oil notes are pretty neat too. I wish the mouthfeel was a bit better, and that it was maybe a little bit older? I wonder what this was like before that six-month port finish. In any case, this is a straightforward but very tasty whisky.
    • Nose
      Port and smoke, story checks out. Sour peat smoke, earthy and mossy. Ash and salted smoked fish. Strawberry ice cream, buttered toast with strawberry jam, maraschino cherries, plums, lime candies. Some bitter honey. Vanilla, ginger, and red pepper flakes. A bit of wine vinegar and sourdough.
    • Taste
      Medium texture. Ginger ale and caramel up front. Quite sweet throughout – even as the campfire peat comes in, everything’s dripping with cane sugar. Cherry syrup and fruit chews. Fruit Gushers! Mud and wet clay, with burning driftwood, old docks, and smoked_herring. Honeycomb and dark chocolate. Olive oil on the back end.
    • Finish
      Medium-length and sweet. Burning oak logs, campfire ash, black pepper, olive oil, and almond cake. Cane sugar cola, maple syrup, ginger, and vanilla. Various red berries macerated with sugar. Buttered popcorn.

  9. hlz30 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Leaving aside the marketing bluff, it is a fruity-peaty decent dram but not attrative.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Grapes, kippers, caramel glaze, jam, and the burnt wood. So far so good, but I also caught the thermally-decomposing/softened fubbers, tars and seafood/protein going bad. Luckily I also picked up a hint of soap
    • Taste
      85 85
      It's got certain texture and weight but not oily or hefty. Black tea fused with grape juice and ripen berries, mineral, burnt wood, peat smoke, with a clear transition of sweet-sour-evident bitterness
    • Finish
      83 83
      Long and (due to being) peaty. Burnt husk, mineral, greeen pepper, medicine

  10. karloff scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.
    This is the first Kilchoman I have had in a long time.
    I don't buy it because I think it is always over priced.
    The bottles I have had have been good.
    If I had bought this I wouldn't have been disappointed.
    • Nose
      87 87
      This is meaty and it's beef, cooked and it's straight out of the oven seeped in gravy.
      Then comes the fruit cake made with lashings of brandy.
      This has a nice balance and combination.
      Brown bread, malt loaf and ginger cake.
    • Taste
      86 86
      From the first sip I was expecting a little more, then hang on, it's a late arrival.
      The balance is slightly off kilter towards the smoky side, but still it delivers.
      A smoky punch followed by that brown bread, dark fruits and black coffee.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is long and strong meaning the balance is just about there and it's a photo finish on the death.

  11. Max70 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice ex-port smoker. Well-balanced and not very strange notes. Succeeded.
    • Nose
      Sweet port notes, nutty with herbaceous peaty undertones, medicinally sweet, very tasty.
    • Taste
      Nice, salty peat in the mouth, but also some burnt plastic, mint and pepper.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite peppery, a little mint, then a tart oak note, or a tart peat note, a subtle wine note in the background. Peat, tart oak and mint fade away.

  13. Feorag86 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Smoke, nuts and Minerals

    Taste: Stones, avocado and cashew nuts

    Finish: Raisins, dates and liquorice

  14. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review. Blind tasting.

    I am not quite sure where on Islay we are, but this dram smells lovely! Maybe it is an older Laphroaig? Sweet oranges, caramel and dark fruits are complemented by briny and well-integrated sootiness. The palate brings out cinnamon rolls, ripe berries and a touch of fresh mint, while mineral peatiness emerges from the back. Pleasant tannins, ginger and hovering peat smoke round off the finish. A pretty solid malt!

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]

  16. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Tordeaux scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  18. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Somebody may have messed up the blending, but it was nicely saved. Enjoyable take on Islay whisky.
    Probably the sweetest peater I have encountered, but it works.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Unusual nose for a Kilchoman, but I really like it.
      A very fragrant mix of flowers, red fruits and peat.
      Thick and sugary raspberry jam with a little citrus twist.
      A little salty with sea weeds.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Quite potent arrival.
      Spicy and sweet in a balanced combo.
      Red berries, light citrus and hints of chocolate.
      Very much in a sweet desert wine direction.
      Maybe a little peat bobbing around in the mix, but it really doesn't cry for attention. If anything it is more plain smoke.
    • Finish
      88 88
      It is well into medium length.
      Sweet flavours carried all the way to the end, with the peat getting a bit more noticeable half way in the fade.

  19. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2021] A quick review of a small sample...

    ...and despite I like the Kilchoman profile in principle I clearly prefer older maturations which show more complexity. This is easy drinkable stuff, nothing more to state about it. Remember: What was whisky made for in the first place? Right, slàinte!

    [February, 2022] I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting and fully confirm my old notes and score. This is an okay-ish Kilchoman but this fine distillery can do much better, no doubt.

    By the way, I do not understand why some people get angry about the low scores of others - hey, what is the point? Do you question that tastes are different? Read some scientific background about taste buds and olfactory cells and the individual tasting genes set everyone is equipped with - and stay cool. If you like a dram: Great! If others do not like it: Even better, because they do not compete with you for bottles so your chances increase to get one for a reasonable price...
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is yellow gold with a touch of red (obviously, the port cask was very wet when they filled the Kilchoman in) and the nose offers the fresh and young Kilchoman profile with just minor port aromas (which is fine, as too much port very often kills the balance and harmony of flavours).
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is quite simple with bigger but never dominating wine flavours which turn the dram very quaffable. This is obviously rather young stuff which is nicely enhanced by the finish for drinking purposes - just the intellectual challenge of exploring this profile is rather limited, as with all underaged drams.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds more winey impressions while it slowly vanishes. Again, no bitter or astringent moments. Water limits somewhat both the nosing and drinking pleasure as it turns the dram more punchy and unbalanced towards young peaty flavours - I clearly prefer the neat dram.

  20. Comet67 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A bit odd Kilchoman, less peat and smoky as I would expect, yet tasteful and pleasant. The finish stays behind a little, compared to nose and body.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Mix of sweetness, fruitiness and a whiff of peat and smoke. Some rubber, orange, citrus.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A little bit of sal ammoniac, some pepper, some drop, licorice and orange. Some raisins now, a hint of chocolate.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Pretty smooth and soft now, fruity with a peaty note underneath. Some leather, a little bitterness. Middle long finish.

  22. Islay1815 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. Gere scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    In the nose I expected a little more. but is mainly compensated in the departure.
    • Nose
      The peat smoke predominates. Fruity and malty notes are only vaguely recognizable
    • Taste
      On the palate, the peat smoke and the sweetness of fruit (for me something of apricot and citrus) are very nicely balanced. After a short time, liquorice also comes into play
    • Finish
      The finish is long and gets drier. Wood notes beautiful subtle residual sweetness combined with now more and more noticeable salt.

  24. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/12/18/letting-go-3-s-w-a-g-live/

    Wayne tells us ‘Am Burach’ means ‘The Mess’. This one comes with a serendipitous story of two different Kilchoman expressions that were mistakenly combined. I can’t keep up with the tale, but it’s all written on the side of the box, and no doubt, on the Kilchoman website and any number of blog and vlog sites – just not this one!

    N: With its fruity vegetal smokey profile [being slightly Laphroaig-esque on the nose], I’m guessing we are in Islay.
    T: Being more vegetal and ashy [Ardbeggian] on the palate, the consensus overall is ‘sweet peat’ with a savoury smoky vegetal middle and a nice chew.

    F: Keeping my observations simple and concise at this point, the consistent profile theme here is peaty fruity savoury.

    C: At £85, perhaps it’s a tad overpriced? Regardless, what a fabulous result ‘The Mess’ has provided.

  25. Andytka3 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    1530) Kilchoman, Am Bùrach, Ruby Port Finish, Release 2010
    • Nose
      N- Whatever the story of this bottling, the most important is that the end result works, and gladly this worked! Red orchard fruits, apple and funky fresh bamboo shoots. Earthy with glowing peat sweetness, smells in the paper ash that transit to dried ikan bilis and spent coffee. Definitely nose-worthy. (89/22)
    • Taste
      P- Boiled hearty herbs with red fruits, rounded depth of dark sherry with funky floral and minty chocolate nuances. (87/21)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, chewy, dusty and coastal. Red orchard fruits, apple and creamy peppers with fine intensity. (87/21)

      B/B- 87/21

      Weighted Rate - 85pt

  26. nallacam scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Exciting Kilchoman.
    Packed with a nice story that, if it happened like that, made for a good result.
    The typical Kilchoman character comes through, sweetness paired with a strong portion of peat.

    87 points (89/86/85)
    • Nose
      89 89
      Smoke, bacon and red fruits dominate the nose.
      Currants, honey-coated bacon, intense smoke from a cold smokehouse. Something green comes through, too, damp forest floor. A diesel generator that is in the garage and is just cooling down. Damp carpet in the basement. The fruit notes of the port barrel come through again and again, subtle notes. Pickle water and tobacco will come with time.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Creamy and filling. Cold ashes and sweetness. The 46% make it very pleasant and harmonious. On the palate it is no longer as complex, but absolutely fine to drink. The smoke is dominant, but does not completely displace the other aromas.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long lasting, dry and smoky.

  27. Falang scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Great drink with a very good narrative. Wauw! Nose: animal and sweet with some smokey tones. Taste is animal-like too, oily, dark and a bit dry. Finish is elegant. Great dram but a bit too expensive for what it is (in my opinion). Actually - I am a bit disappointed (I guess) - it's a good whisky but I expected more of it.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smell is animal-like. There is something sweet in the nose but overall it is a stable smell - with some (smoked) meat. There is oil and tar in the nose as well.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Nectar like taste with a very oily mouth feeling. The concept of this drink is rather dry and dark. Bit smoked and beautifully woven in the texture of the whisky. Touch of sherry.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The smokiness disappears and the sweetness comes back in the finish. Hint of leather at the back... Lovely long finish.

  28. ConvalRen scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Kilchoman Am Burach - Called 'the mess'.
    Literally, damn right they are, it's a horrible mess.
    Below expectations, don't live up to the marketing and kicks they had before dropping the bottle out to sell.

    I would need to visit this again with a fresh sample.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Scents of sweet strawberry, stewed onion, grassy notes paired with a little bit of STR influenced nuance. Light smoke here but misses the point of a real Kilchoman, it has to have that medium weight of smoke, hitting feel. Clearly missed this part.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweet for sure but very watered down, little to no complexity. Starts off with a heavy floral note which then progresses into peat charred dough. Lightly sprinkled chocolate dust over some cream puffs.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Too much smoke that throws the balance of the whole whisky off. By far, the worst out of the 3 senses.

  29. Christian Simon scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Watered down strawberries with a powerful Kilchoman smoke.

    Actually a super dram from Kilchoman if you had bottled him a barrel strength or not that diluted.

  30. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful cherry nose and flavor, and very easy to drink... and the cherry aftertaste is great!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  32. MarkusK1 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    This happy little accident by Kilchoman really took me by surprise. It is way more balanced that you'd imagine. Tasting this really brought one picture to mind:
    Sitting on a beach, eating strawberrys and cream next to a campfire.
    I do hope they somehow can recreate this one. I really have to restrain myself for always pulling this bottle from the shelf. Loving it!

  33. Islay1815 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  34. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  35. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  36. Falang scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet smell with something raw almost animal like. Bacon, fat, meat, stables and a bit cavemen like. Also some herbs and rubbing alcohol (medicinal).
    • Taste
      89 89
      Nectar like, dark, smoked, oily and a little bit sour. Kind of a unique taste, complex - beautiful!
    • Finish
      87 87
      The smokiness disappears rather quickly and the sweet nectar stays. It has something hay-like and grassy, but very gentle in the finish. Love it!

  37. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  38. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  39. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    i see people score low because of price, and see others score high to counter score.. why? get a life..
    mishap or not, to me this is a dull, a bit boring - not bad, but very blend - expression for a kilchoman.. i dont do expectations, but if i did.. i would've expected more of this dram..
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  40. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    sweet and smoky,
    grassy traces, some barbecue scents too
    sweet return on marzipan
    candied tangerine fruit
    mouth:
    peppery, grassy, smoky more than peaty, some cooked fruit and wine cooked on Madeira
    the fatty smoke meaty here with red fruits, on the redcurrant brandy.
    final:
    peppery, herbaceous, cane, soot there, zan and its fruits cooked on the tangerine and again the redcurrant.

  41. Chris P. Bacon scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    My high rating takes into account the other ratings, which are partly totally stupid here. Kilchoman - custodiant eam. Or here some hope for attention - that's the only way I can explain that some people include the price in the taste assessment of the whisky.

  42. Noface83 scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    Deliciously sweet and tasty - the nose is still really good and getting started is fun, but the 46% look a bit weak behind.
    I was looking forward to the release until I saw the price. 90+ EUR is just too much. For around 70 EUR there are far better kilchomans and therefore 60 EUR in itself would have been a fair price.

    Rating 84 (2-) without considering the PLV.

  43. captain_k scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    My low valuation takes into account the PLV, which is partly totally covered here. Kilchoman - quo vadis. Or hope some of the hype here - this is the only way to explain a price range between approx. 90 € and 138 € ...

  44. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Fruit and smoke content are well coordinated, youth only flashes a little here and there.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Surprised with floral notes: cut flowers, spring meadow. In addition, there is also a lot of peat smoke, with warm tar cardboard and salt. Apricot wedges grilled over time, peach and passion fruit juice, oranges.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A comparatively strong and full start for 46%. Intense smoke, apricots, peaches. Less floral than on the nose. Tart herbs interacting with the fruits. Yeast dough, dark chocolate, freshly ground espresso beans.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The strong smoke keeps it in the mouth for a long time. But it's not just smoke (or warm tar), no, the fruits come from the nose and the palate.

  45. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A mishap led to a very tasty whisky, well saved ;-)
    • Nose
      creamy, marzipan, orange, a pinch of cinnamon, very fresh, citrus, raspberry, a nice sweetness, a hint of chocolate, the basic character is sweet, marzipan with a fresh citrus influence
    • Taste
      sweet, a lot of cinnamon, creamy, vanilla, currant, chocolate, you notice the drinking strength a little, a few percent more would have been good, the second sip makes it more intense, more chocolate, now also raspberry when it starts, creamier, more pleasant, yes, to drink quite well, even to smoke, sometimes you forget to name the obvious, but it does not jump too directly into the face
    • Finish
      gets a bit drier in the back, the smoke penetrates more and now raspberry again, which brings something sweet, pleasant and medium length

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