Kilchoman 100% Islay

Overall rating
85.54/100
votes
140
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 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

€ 82.17

39 × in wishlist

140 × member ratings

424 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Kilchoman 100% Islay

30 users have left 31 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.54 points.

  1. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    S 7
    The nose is refreshingly light even if it’s moderately peated. Unique in its own way as many peated whiskies chose to focus on the peat while this one focuses on the casks and distillate. Sherry becomes more pronounced as the liquid breathes.

    [78-82] I'll gladly welcome another dram.

    N 26
    Grassy, refreshing peat (+). Sunflower seeds. Wet cardboard (-). A handful of smoked lemon peels (+). A whiff of Sherry-driven sweet fruits hidden behind the citrusy. Mildly oily.

    P 26
    Moderately peated (+), slightly earthy. Juicy raisins. Freshly squeezed fruit juice (red apple, pears). A lot meatier on the palate. Lightly herbal. Flaming peppery oak spices that quickly burnt out and tamed. Smoked oak.

    F 23
    Long, dry finish. Peat, malt, oak, and subtle fruits lingering, mostly red apples.

  2. fnk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very phenolic, drinkable, well-chosen degree, long-lasting aftertaste, head and shoulders above basic Machir Bay and Sanaig..

  3. Stav974 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Non chilled filtered and natural color, always a very good start :)
    Well integrated alcohol, dry finish but balanced, salty, smoky, lemony whisky.
    Very good
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoky ashy, very lemony, some dried grapefruits, brine.
      Not very complex but quite very good, less lemony with water.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Fat smoke, salty. Lemons are still present, then some spice (cinnamon), fire ashes.
      Very good
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, very nice Ashy dryness, some herbal freshness, on spice with cinnamon
      Maybe a bit too dry in the aftertaste for me

      But still a very good kilchoman

  4. grinface scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I really hope they have casks to continue this line up to a 20 year old. The gradual development is fascinating. The dosing of the sherry casks also seems to work well.

    Full review, alongside all other 100% Islay up to the 11th edition:
    Part 1: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/03/08/kilchoman-100-islay-teil-1/
    Part 2: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/03/15/kilchoman-100-islay-teil-2/

  5. AnotherWhiskyDram scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      varnish, fruit, lemon plantain, lemon layer
    • Taste
      persistent, sweet, linden with honey
    • Finish
      spice, sparkling water, sour

  6. yarikovsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    21,5 22 21,5 22
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Gous scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. glen efze scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The annual batch 100% Islay from Kilchoman Distillery is a special bottling. Kilchoman is a farm distillery and is located on Rockside Farm on the Rhinns of Islay, the headland in the north-west of the island. The grain from this farm can also be found in the batches of the Islay Barley bottling from Bruichladdich. In the meantime, it should mainly end up in Kilchoman's whiskys. For the 10th edition, mainly bourbon barrels were married with a small amount of sherry (39 bourbon barrels and 2 sherry butts). That makes a straw yellow whisky.

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      In the nosing, the smoke is strongly present without stinking. The notes are ashy, but there is also some smoke blowing from the fireplace. This is followed by citrus fruits, grated grapefruit peel with a bitter-fruity aroma. The smoke has a subtle maritime rinsing edge character.
    • Taste
      The taste of the whisky is robust, the alcohol pushes the aromas, but does not burn. There is hardly any sweetness, the whisky is dry and has more herbs and straw than fruit. And smoke that covers the mouth, dry and ashy, with the smoke of simmering seaweed.
    • Finish
      Woody notes remain in the aftertaste, but above all the smoke in the mouth.

      This is how you imagine an Islay whisky from a farm distillery. Strong smoky, robust with maritime notes, herbs and straw. This is a rough Islay whisky with some rough edges that goes well with a windy day on the farm.

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  11. kikist scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    In this moment I am not to familiar with Kilchoman, but this one is the best I tried from them. Really liket it!
    If i should give name to it will call it Olive fantasy
    • Nose
      81 81
      Nuts , olives, sweet, lady's grass, white wine
    • Taste
      90 90
      olives, smoke, flowers, oily, lady's grass
    • Finish
      85 85
      olives, creamy, cherry, chocolate

  12. martinseco scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The two Oloroso Sherry Butts make up 12 to 13% of the vatting, similar to Machir Bay. I hardly notice any difference to the Vatting of the 9th edition, which consisted exclusively of bourbon barrels. The subtle, but constantly present peat smoke harmonizes wonderfully with the overall package.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21)
    Good (85)
    • Nose
      Citrus rubber glove, sticky fruit, vanilla cream and pastries. A little peat and condensed milk on paper (21)
    • Taste
      Spicy, fruit, salt and ash, kerosene (22)
    • Finish
      Finish citrus, grass, iodine (21)

  14. GIORGOS scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Apikalov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  16. dram-drinker scored this whisky 80 points Photo 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. manmathiou scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. Martin1965 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. claymore84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 02-25-2021.

  22. sarthur71 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    second attempt, but now in comparing with 7th, 8th and 9th releases - lower score.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  24. 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 Port Charlotte Islay Barley does better. Shame that I didn't find the fruits from the nose elsewhere. 5/10

  25. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/01/04/letting-go-17-phase-2/

    Comprising of 39 bourbon barrels and two oloroso sherry butts, I’ve heard very good things about this series offering. I’ve enjoyed Kilchoman’s 3rd, 4th, and 6th editions in the past [all around 85>86], and was certain I’d tried this 10th edition. It would seem this release had passed me by, until now.

    N: Whilst sharing plenty of common whisky DNA, I find the nose particularly characterful, so much so, I’m sure Kilchoman experts would spot this from a blind line-up with ease. Concisely sweet n sour [skating around oyster sauce] with a soft sweet lightly -peated & toasted meatiness, and a delicious fruity-laced core [apples, melons > suggestions of coconut/mango],… there’s plenty to dissect if so inclined.

    T: With more tiptoeing around oyster sauce, whilst the barley is clean and firm, this appears to be very much a soft=refill? bourbon-matured affair, the two oloroso casks providing top-note fruitiness and just a touch of mouthfeel. Clever!

    F: If not exactly walking the walk, both barley into oak talk the talk. The aromatic ground pepper note at the tail is so candid, it makes me wonder whether I’d ingested some earlier. Still, it didn’t materialise with the Blair Athol, so,…

    C: A highly competent, clean chiselled malt if a touch cold, perhaps?

  26. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. sarthur71 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  28. 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

  29. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

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