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Kilchoman 100% Islay

Overall rating
85.39/100
votes
87
Whiskybase ID
WB165678
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The 10th Edition
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
09 years old
Casktype
39 Bourbon Barrels & 2 Oloroso Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
12400
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
100 28.08.20 20/101
Barcode
5060210702915
Added on
17 Sep 2020 4:05 pm by DramTimeNL
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 80.97

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87 × member ratings

293 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman 100% Islay

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.39 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    While last year's edition was a pure bourbon barrel filling with 1st fill and refill bourbon barrels, this year there are 39 bourbon barrels as well as 2 Oloroso sherry butts in Vatting - 11 barrels more than in 2018, where 23 bourbon barrels and 7 Oloroso butts were used.
    I really liked the pure bourbon cask maturation from last year, the bourbon / sherry mix from the previous year a little less, so I was curious to see whether the two sherry casks in Vatting really make themselves felt - and if so Yes how.
    Well then, the sherry barrels (maybe) had a hint in their nose. There were hints of raisins and dried figs, which were not very pronounced - which I personally welcome, because Kilchoman from the (pure) bourbon barrel is a combination that basically never leads to bad or even mediocre results.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The smoky note is not intense, but still clearly visible. Freshly mown meadow, lemon juice, warm tray. Raisins and dried figs? Maybe. There is something that wants to come forward but cannot prevail.
      A herbal, spicy note swings underground from the start, which initially reminds of juniper berries and then moves towards bay leaves and allspice.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dry and strong start, which immediately comes up with intense chocolate notes, herbs, honey and a warm tin roof. Cold, ashy smoke from a campfire, lemon wedges impaled over the fire to dry. Black tea, hayloft, vanilla, forest honey. Increasingly seasoning, it becomes pepperier, more intense, also with regard to the smoke.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long, dry and intensely smoky finish. Malt, honey, vanilla, toffee, cold coffee.

  2. Noface83 scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Quite different from Batch 9 from 2019 - not quite as deep and pleasing but all the more intense and edgy. The sherry barrels add flavor and variety. Nevertheless, I liked the previous bottling, which was made entirely from bourbon barrels, a tad better.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Surprisingly clear smoke, a slight smoked bacon note and some prunes (the sherry is subtle but clearly noticeable despite the small amount), but a somewhat flowery, sweet note of cereals and citrus fruits is dominant, along with dried garden herbs and a bit of bitterness from the oak. After the first sip, the grain turns a little into malt coffee. Intense but quite simple nose that brings exactly what you can expect from paper.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Now you notice the 50%. The smoke will now be warm and slightly ashy. Again lots of fresh grain and lemon peel. Vanilla and cold herbal tea sweetened with honey.
      Already a touch of chocolate and the oak is already knocking. That adds a little spice to the already intense taste.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Mhh what a nice finish. Warming smoke, dry sweetness, malt and bitter herbs as well as pleasant wood and a hint of coffee-chocolate confectionery. Unfortunately only a little over medium in length.

  3. abcmeuric did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    N : shy at first, on mineral peat, lemon peel, a touch of plums and custard. It grows quite fresh and fruity, plums but also raisins. Ginger. There's still some kind of hard edge to it, a metallic note. It's a nice nose, sadly too thin for me.
    M : peatier and definitely less fruits there. Hay, bitter, cold cigarette.
    F : After a rounder, nutty instant, cold coffee and cigarettes is what remains, with the bitterness.

    I think I'm looking for more body than this, on that aspect I think Bruichladdich Islay Barley does better. Shame that I didn't find the fruits from the nose elsewhere. 6/10

  4. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful nose with light smoke, lime, pear, fresh, maritime. This continues exactly the same in the mouth. Not very complex and rather short, weak finish. Let's see how he comes across at the age of 15.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  6. GIORGOS scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Apikalov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Moderator

    I like maritime and coastal notes but this is really more like dirty harbour water - just a bit too much
    • Nose
      84 84
      Lot of peat, smoke and vanilla, lemon cake, honeydew, cookie dough, butter, hints of wet hay, little seabreeze and iodine, little medicinal
    • Taste
      80 80
      Punchy, oily, creamy, good sweetness, plenty of seaweed, salty, kippery, seawater, seashells, oyster juice, anchovy, lot of peat and smoke, herbal, spicy, medicinal
    • Finish
      77 77
      Medium long, warm, peaty, smoky, salty, kippery

  9. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Grill smoke, mustard, lemon, a little vanilla. New leather, a touch of turpentine. Warm sand.
    • Taste
      Cigarette smoke, lemon, new bike tires. Then pepper, a touch of coffee and dry earth.

  10. Highlander65 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Good, well done, delicate peat but dominant over everything else
    • Nose
      first impression of ash, then aromatic herbs, bread crust, a slight hint of citrus
    • Taste
      light body, peat halfway between smoky and ashy, sweet, very nuanced aromatic herbs (sage, rosemary), lemon peel
    • Finish
      medium-long, light ash and smoke, sea salt and a bitter note

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