Kilchoman 2016

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Fino Sherry Matured
2014, 2016
Fino Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
FIN 05.10.20 20/104
Added on
26 Sep 2020 10:45 am by hda

Average value

€ 86.71

48 × in wishlist

247 × member ratings

709 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman 2016

58 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.34 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2021] After many very old, complex and (of course) excellent drams over the course of the last days I am in the mood for a rather simple and young drink tonight and so I selected this sample...

    ...which actually is one of the better underaged drams I had over the last years. The Fino sherry maturation improves the young malt's profile nicely with more complex aromas but it never dominates as does not the wood. This is an unspectacular dram which is easy sippable when I am not in the mood of detailed flavour explorations - just like tonight.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a young Islay profile with still immature malt aromas but all in all this is not that bad. The Fino sherry adds some fine older aromas to the young malt and the maritime peaty impressions fit all well together in this mix. The wood is firm but not dominant and there is no off-note or distracting imbalance. Of course, there is nothing special about this nose (how should in a premature dram?) but it serves its destiny: to be an okay-ish nosing impression when sipping this dram.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is simple but works perfectly in this balanced combo of (young) malt, (old) sherry, (very old) peat and (whatsoever old) wood. None of these flavours tries to dominate but they support each other nicely. Nothing spectacular about this dram, this is just like whisky should be - easy drinkable without getting bored about it. And this taste confirms that "paedophilic" drams work in such a mix only (according to my personal taste preferences, and it is absolutely fine if you see this differently).
    • Finish
      86 86
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a good mouthfeel (like always with Kilchoman, obviously they do not rush their distillation like many of the big companies do during these whisky boom times). The finish is accordingly medium to long and adds more of the nice maritime salty impressions which I like. No bitter or drying moments throughout the finish, this indeed is easy quaffable. Water releases more winey aromas in the nose but it flattens the taste quickly, so I prefer the neat dram.

  2. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    (Tasted & scored four days after opening)
    NOSE: Dry ashy notes, tar, old tarry and salty ropes, then some fat, oily notes. In the background something fruity is trying to break through; lemons, green apples. Smells bone dry. Rich and fairly intense nose, but a "long" (or perhaps "deep") rather than "broad" nose. More structure and elegance, less punch. (90-91p)
    TASTE: The arrival is salty and bone dry. Then on the mid palate arrive lots of limestone minerality and preserved salty lemons (Moroccan style) fruitiness. And more austere dryness. (90p)
    FINISH: This is so salty and austere, it's just wonderful! So much so that even the modest pepperiness struggles to catch my attention. Long after I've swallowed, I'm also chewing on the most wonderful dry wood ash... (89-90p)
    OVERALL: A bone dry gem. Nothing less. And, I would think, the exact opposite of a crowd pleaser. TOTAL SCORE 90 points.

  3. kroby scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    - Distilled 2014 and 2016
    - 12 Cask vatting
    The first global release of this cask type. The whisky has spent its full maturation in fino casks previously used by Bodega Miguel Martin in Spain, 11 fresh butts and 1 refill butt.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    With its 46% it initially looks mild, but then still gives it a lot of gas - at least when it comes to smoke. Otherwise it doesn't deliver very much, still looks very young and yes, also unbalanced.
    Compared to the Fino Cask CS, which was available as a 2cl sample from the distillery as part of an online tasting in spring 2020, it cuts an even weaker figure, although it is likely to be six months older.
    • Nose
      84 84
      A hearty smoky note flows from the glass. Warm corrugated iron roof, yellow apple, pear jam. The freshly peeled bark of young hazelnut branches. Something sticks in the nose. Smoked ham, honey, vanilla.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Phenolic and dry smoke mixed with an apple and pear compote. Hot tar paper, sea salt, dried fish, warm motor oil. Pretty much forward ...
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short finish with cold smoke, curry powder, applesauce with cinnamon, vanilla and honey.

  5. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21)
    Not bad, but boring (84)
    • Nose
      Smoke and sweet wine, yellow overripe plums, pear, small farm (21)
    • Taste
      Sweet ash with salt, juicy fruit sugar (21)
    • Finish
      Salt, smoke, iodine and ash finish (21)

  6. peatbogger scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Got a bottle of this for X-mas, and for some reason it's been siting there untouched.
    Since I've not found the last couple of Fino cask finishes to be my "go to" bottle, maybe I've been afraid of disappointment.
    But since I was gifted a second bottle today I thought it was time to examine the stuff. And the fear is gone, there were no disappointment.
    • Nose
      88 88
      It's dry and for a 46%'er it's a little bit sharp.
      Good amount of peat, lightly mineral and salty, but foremost sweet.
      Fat, or oily, like a good olive oil. A basket of ripe red apples.
      I got a feeling Slàinte Mhath's first note will be cucumber... he always picks that up in a Fino. It's never my first thought, but when it's mentioned I will not disagree. Although with the quite potent peat this one is more like pickled gherkin brine.
      Pleasant and no doubt it's an Islay malt.
    • Taste
      89 89
      This is not a finish, but a full maturation in Fino. And I find the Fino to compliment the peat very nicely.
      It's dry, but suitably so. Making it tasty and very easy to drink.
      Some fruity sweet lightness, a little salty licorice boldness with a balanced amount of peaty smoke.
      I don't know why people don't like this, and not why they find it untypical Kilchoman. There's going to be a lot of "untypical" in the future from whatever is your favourit distillery, so stick to the core range that got you attracted and stop whining is my advice. This is a very tasty young whisky.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Salty peat and some wood notes on a good medium length finish. Good balance on sweet and dry.
      The slight sharpness on the nose never revealed much spiciness on the palate, but there's a light tingle on the dryness in the finish.

  7. John O'Brien scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Fantastic, my first Fino, unique to my experience and meets all my expectations beautifully dry, exactly what I like in a whisky. I keep coming back to this bottle.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Kelp, ash, smoke, olives, limestone
    • Taste
      89 89
      Lime pith, ash, apricot, cocoa powder
    • Finish
      91 91
      Beautiful and long, stong peat, coconut butter, trails out on rock salt, ash and ripe apples.

  8. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    very elegant, salty, dry, peaty little wonder of Islay.. Kilchoman really is
    the distillery of the moment.. they create consistent quality and are
    successfully experimenting.

    In a (whisky) world of sherry monsters and cola-coloured drams,
    they give us pebbels and natrium chloride.. more, please!
    • Nose
      91 91
      autumnal aromas of orchard apples fallen off the branches and covered in frost.. smoke lingers on.. salt & a fat slice of peat.. then nothing more, but the wind-swept stones of an Atlantic sea shore.
    • Taste
      88 88
      oily, slightly peppery, but in no way burning.. very dry.. a martini with a salty, oily olive and a heavy slice of lemon.

      maybe a little too mild.. wish it had a tad more power.
    • Finish
      89 89
      there’s a very shy sweet note that makes a tentative, late entrance.. slight bitterness and a tiny dose of licorice. the salt stays forever.

  9. VEF206 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  10. MarcinCh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The golden color. Very oily whisky.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Peat at first. Then a lot of yeast, oxidized notes. Damp, forest litter. Needles. Seaweed. Salt. Minerality. Stones on the Scottish coast lapped by the waves of the salty sea. Yeast notes still present in the background.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Lots of peat. Definitely sea. Seaweed. Salt. Minerality. Forest litter. Needles. Salty caramel. A pinch of spices. White pepper. Pretty oily.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Minerality. Sea salt. Peat. The smoke from the campfire. Ash. The feeling of "dry smoke". Not too complicated, but a long finish.


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