Kilchoman 2012

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Kilchoman Club - 9th Edition
Calculated age
08 years old
Unpeated Oloroso Sherry
Number of bottles
56.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
CR Y67IOH68 20/154
Bottled for
The Kilchoman Club
Added on
12 Nov 2020 7:27 pm by ConvalRen
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 210.97

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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman 2012

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.65 points

  1. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    1st Feb 2021: Nearly 2 months since I've last had it. Still bland, dull and 'empty'. Remains as 86 points. It has become a boring Sherry with minimal amounts of kilchomans regular profile.

    First impressions 27/11/2020: Earthy, herbaceous, vegetative, and thick.
    Second attempt 5/12/2020: I just can't, the finishing is so dull and stale. Have to drop the score. After being aired over a week, I'd say it has taken a turn for the worse. This is probably one of the worst Kilchoman that has been hyped up in the past 3 years. not even the Feis Ile 2019 pairs up to this in terms of how poor it performs.
    Regardless, a month later will decide on its final scoring. 86 for now.

    Would need more air to expand the complexities. Hence, I would return for another updated review a month later.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Lightly peated chocolate syrup, salt, pine trees, walnut, and damp soil. Spicy pepper with a hint of mint and lime.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pepper, spiced mulled wine-like taste, chocolate, and unripened pineapples.

      Coastal feels paired with earthy notes (soil, dewdrops, barnyard setting, and some hay). Light fruit notes that develop towards a medium intensity of boiled pear and apricots.

      The development towards the finishing grows into charcoal, raw fire embers, and seaweed.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Dry and medium in finishing. Indeed well rounded, flavors wise, seaweed, burnt tires, light medicinal tastes, burnt plastic, musky leather tones. There's a little bit of everything, even coffee husks, roasted ham, and the tannins of plum wine.

  2. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Update after the second attempt:
    I stick to my rating. The finish is just not round in my eyes, this time it had a slight note of burnt rubber.
    86 points are also ok, nothing that I wouldn't drink and in the right mood that fits (especially the nose).
    Nose hui, mouth hmm, ugh is too hard for me, but especially the aftertaste is not so pleasant.
    This will definitely give you a second chance, maybe it was just a bad day. First of all, it doesn't do that well, unfortunately.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Slightly sweet, red, slightly sour fruits, light spice, pepper, greasy, as with the other unpeated Kilchoman there is also light smoke to be found here, tobacco, now really clear, is now creamier, caramel, milk chocolate, and behind that there is always something Bacon, I really like the combination, smelling is definitely fun here, the nose is consistently pleasant after the first sip, creamy and fruity with a lot of chocolate, now sip number 2 ...
    • Taste
      87 87
      Wow, somehow unexpected, salty, dry, astringent, wood, oak, light smoke, I have to prepare myself mentally for the second sip ...
      Ok, oily, now chocolate in the beginning, cinnamon, yes with preparation it works better, raisins, and on top of it already a little salt and dry oak, but not as dominant as in the first sip, overall very special, difficult to describe the initial mouthfeel, somehow also greasy, at the very first moment I somehow have to think of a brown sauce, also from the mouth feel
    • Finish
      79 79
      Metallic, dry, grapes, fruit bowl, some dark chocolate on the palate, some cinnamon, now also ashy smoke, but the metallic aroma doesn't make the finish very pleasant, in fact my mouth is a bit numb shortly after, phew difficult

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In 2017 I’ve visited this idillic distillery on the far west of Islay. It caught me since that day but somehow every time I wanted to buy a few bottles and/or samples I ended up buying different stuff. But...Finally...this week I pulled the trigger and bought 14 samples and 1 bottle of Kilchoman. Time for an in depth liquid tour of what this distillery can produce! This is number 8. Really curious to what unpeated Kilchoman can bring..
    • Nose
      This is not completely free of peat if you ask me! If I can make a guess I’d say that the still weren’t cleaned before doing this unpeated run. It’s there but very subtle. I get Liquid chocolate sauce, walnut, forest fruits like bramble and berries and a beautiful touch of freshly grated nutmeg. Just beautiful!
    • Taste
      On the palate it does feel a bit dry. The chocolate is more like cocoa powder here but it also does need a wee bit of water. With that it really offers a very lively and tasteful palate of warm red fruits, cinnamon and star anise. It reminds me a bit of a warm glace I made with with red cherried (kriek) beer, which more or less had the same ingredients.
    • Finish
      Also the medium/long finish is again highly palatable. It’s continues with the flavors like stated before and offers an coming and going of cinnamon/star anise and cherries.

      For me it’s absolutely proven that Kilchoman with unpeated malted barley is able to deliver class A quality with loads of flavor and still fits the character as well.

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The young distillery on Islay has quite the following and hence there is something like the Kilchoman Club. And hence nice club releases. This is the 9th edition already, a vatting of 4 oloroso casks (548, 549, 550 & 551) that yielded just over 1300 bottles. Thanks to my whisky buddy and Kilchoman adept Pascal I was able to try it. Oh, by the way… this is reportedly unpeated!

    Nice sweetness on the nose that supports the maritime traits. I double check, because I’m surprised this is unpeated. I suppose the pipes were uncleaned, for I get lovely peaty notes. Pine cones, chocolate, walnuts and honey with raisins, a hint of lime… this is all good.

    Nicely oily on the palate with a good strength. Lots of earthy notes, if you know what I mean. Nicely spicy as well. Hay, raisins, apricots, stewed pear in front of the hearth. Again a peaty note. Lovely smoke development and I cannot shake the feeling it’s more than just woodsmoke. It works like a charm. This is good. A big salty note kicks in, underlining once more the maritime character of this Ileach.

    Wonderfully long, piquant and dry finish.

    The good stuff. Thanks for the sample, Pascal.

  5. -sAxo- scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The barrels are so blameless, no sulfur, no missing notes to be identified - and yet it lacks that certain something that lifts it out of the (good) mediocrity. Peated, he would - presumably - be a real blast. Unfortunately, it is a little bland.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Oloroso Sherry Casks, you can tell in the nose: Well balanced mixture of grapes, raisins and dried figs, plus mild spices that don't come to the fore, but just tame the sweetness of the barrels a little. There is really hardly anything to be seen from smoke; the nuances that emerge could also be mistaken for dry wood. Nougat pralines, white coffee, forest honey.
    • Taste
      86 86
      On the tongue it starts rather tame, although with its 56.2% it would have quite a bit of power available. A fruit compote made from blackberries, blueberries and grapes, with wood carvings on top. No smoke. Remains surprisingly thin on the tongue, provides comparatively less pronounced aromas, meanders here and there - cocoa and white coffee, some aniseed.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Just about medium length, fruity, slightly dry.

  7. Jack McClane scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    On the nose a decadent Oloroso fragrance, accompanied by the classic barley character of Kilchoman. This is somehow very earthy like wet soil - quite interesting! ???? ????
    On the palate surprisingly smooth for an ABV of 56,2%. Dark chocolate, very malty and on the other side briny, fänd and a tat sweet. This is incredibly complex and balanced for a 8 year old whisky. Deluted the malt developes some hints of red berries and old leather.????????
    The finish is more dry, a bit leathery, salty and slightly woody - not in a bad way though. ????????


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