Kilchoman Sanaig

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
70% Oloroso Sherry, 30% Bourbon Cask
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
SAN 13.01.21 21/02
Added on
07 Mar 2021 1:12 pm by Archer

Average value

€ 48.80

4 × in wishlist

28 × member ratings

48 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman Sanaig

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.50 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Although here again with a high 70% share of Oloroso casks, this edition (SAN 13.01.21) is not so absolutely sherry-dominated that as a friend of Bourbon Cask whisky you have to roll your eyes. All in all it looks older and more sedate than in previous years (and gets better and better as the bottle is open and the whisky is getting oxygen).
    • Nose
      88 88
      A basket full of dried fruits: raisins, dried figs and dates, plums. Above it hangs a pleasant, warm, displeasing note of smoke. Dark chocolate, seasoned with pepper, nutmeg, bay leaves and a hint of cinnamon. Doesn't appear overloaded or too sweet with its fruits.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The typical Kilchoman smoky note (cold campfire, warm tin roof, some Black Forest ham) comes through well from the start and is the first thing the palate notices. Directly behind it the dried fruits from the nose: plums, raisins, dried figs. Quickly becomes dry and astringent. Coffee beans, crumbly dark chocolate, with time pepper, cloves, nutmeg. At the back there is a trace of menthol, but less intense than with batches from previous years.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long and dry, pleasant sweetness from the Oloroso barrels. Dry wood, chocolate, pepper, some menthol.

  2. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I expected it - and thank God it arrived: I really like this Kilchoman. The smoke, the delicate sulfur, the flavor, the ideal drinking strength result in a 91-point pleasure for me. Only in the finish is there a hint of metallic youth to be felt. All in all, simply an uncomplicated, intense Islay malt.

    I hardly notice the 70% sherry barrels; As I briefly mentioned, the flavors appear in the apricot and the fine nuttiness. And perhaps the extensive Armagnac enjoyment has pushed the threshold of perception for "dark fruit" a good bit further "into the dark". For me, the ex-bourbon barrel flavors dominate this Kilchoman. And I can very well understand the "typical cold campfire smoke" mentioned by Archer.
    • Nose
      92 92
      A very nice smoky note floats from the glass, followed by light grapes and vanilla. Very light sulfur, intense herbs with marjoram and thyme. Some forest honey. With the passage of time in the glass from a distance also ripe apricot. "Smoked ham" - that's actually pretty good. The 70% ex-Oloroso barrel share is only shown by a nice nutty note; otherwise the "smoky ex-bourbon barrel" dominates in my opinion.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Beautifully smoky, delicately sulphurous and with intense ex-bourbon barrel aromas, the Sanaig unfolds in the mouth. The flavor becomes more intense, the oak more noticeable, but everything is in perfect balance. In addition to vanilla and juicy grapes, the apricot also flashes on the palate and provides an exciting fruity-smoky-spicy interplay with fine nuttiness. The 46% fit perfectly; I already knew that as a Pulteney friend and as a Laberdolive connoisseur it is also clear to you. I digress.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish remains naturally committed to the spicy and smoky characteristics. And the oak is once again becoming more dominant. Even very slightly metallic accents can be felt. The malt remains present and in a fundamentally pleasant way, because the bourbon barrel fruit with a little nut also characterizes the finish.

  3. holborndrinker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Neck oil - a delightful lubricant.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Like the ingredients of a Christmas pudding before the stout is added.
    • Taste
      83 83
      A very subtle note of smoke (quite delicate), balancing a fruity, spicy dram. Glides own the throat.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The aftertaste lingers pleasantly making you want more.

  4. whiskytornado scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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


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