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Kilchoman 100% Islay

Overall rating
86.85/100
votes
87
Whiskybase ID
WB191490
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The 11th Edition
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
09 years old
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060210704490
Added on
10 Sep 2021 9:04 pm by peatlover99
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 82.73

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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman 100% Islay

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.85 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    One of those whiskys that I refill after the actual tasting to check if it's really as good as I thought it was at the moment - only to find out that it was, and then another To take dram of it to baste that statement.
    (PS 01/16/22: it gets better and better the longer the bottle is open. Tending more and more towards 90/100)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Kilchoman 9 years + in the glass, you can tell by the peat smoke note: subtle and restrained, warm and greasy, not nearly as offensively rushing forward as with the first - much younger - editions of this series. Warm custard, honey bread, milk chocolate, grains. Roasted orange peel, lemon water. Very flattering on the nose, a real feel good dram.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Starts on the tongue with dry wood and a now much more intense peat smoke note than in the nose. Black Forest ham, a crackling beach fire, smoldering juniper branches. Here, too, vanilla and honey dominate, the sherry casks play second fiddle and contribute raisins and dried figs. Surprisingly soft and round. Chocolate flakes, pepper, paprika and curry add pleasant spice.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long, actually. Everything still there that could be found in the nose and on the tongue. And it's not the peat smoke note that carries it over the course, because that doesn't set the tone, it's just a (very welcome) companion.

  2. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Smooth nose, cereal, earthy, where the peat is more discreet and more rustic. Toasted wheat, puffed rice, hot corn. Roots still wet with earth. Ginger. Vanilla and white fruits, it is still the Bourbon that dominates, even if we can feel the fullness of the Sherry. On the palate, it's very smooth, balanced, it glides on its own, like velvet. The spices come next, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon. Overall, it's still pleasant to drink. Rather long and greedy finish, on still cereals, still very earthy, sourdough, flour, some cola grains.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/12/kilchoman-100-islay-11th-edition.html
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. KB201 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 vintages were used for Kilchoman 100% Islay. The 11th edition consists of Publican and Optic barley and matured for at least nine years in 26 bourbon casks and seven Oloroso sherry butts
    • Nose
      Floral sweetness, followed by spices, plums, dates and leather.
    • Taste
      Grilled fruit, mild spices, malt and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Long lasting with fresh peat smoke and sweet citrus notes.

  4. GlasMost scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Approximately my 30th+ different Kilchoman bottling. I am usually pretty fond of Kilchoman.
    Nose: Ashy and grassy with cereals. Alcohol doesn't bother the nose. Well integrated. Not much going on, not even with few drops of water.
    Mouth: Sadly not much more than what the nose promised.
    Medium amount of ashy smoke, citrus, yucky yeast, not much of what I'd call a sherry influence. Probably tired sherry casks. Sorry, 9 years old? If so a flop. No complexity at all. Boring.
    Finish: short, sweet, not memorable.
    Am I being too critical tonight? The Springer 15 a while ago did not convince me either.

  5. Hanuman87 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      citrus, peat, warm wood
    • Taste
      fresh, smoke, grapefruit
    • Finish
      long sweet smoke

  6. final_conflict scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    26 bourbon barrels, 7 sherry oloroso, two varieties of barley from their own farm, five days malting on their own unheated threshing floor, water treatment only up to 20 ppm. The eleventh edition bows. There is more peat in the nose than in recent years and a lot of medical, salty notes. In addition, wild flowers and herbs. If someone likes analogies to burnt car tires, here they are, I prefer the image of burnt heathers. Tart, mineral, peat-carbon flavor, plus smoked plums. The finish is warming, spicy, you can feel the power of alcohol, peat less, more like nutmeg, but also raisins, there is a clear influence of sherry casks.

  7. glen efze scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The 11th edition of the 100% Islay by Kilchoman again contains more sherry than its predecessor. Instead of two, there are seven sherry butts in Vatting. This is clearly noticeable in the color, the whisky is noticeably stronger amber in color. Otherwise, the same applies here as every year: barley from the company's own Rockside Farm, which has also belonged to the distillery since 2015, is malted and peated in the distillery, stored, matured and bottled on Islay. It couldn't be more regional ... This is the stuff for Islay freaks.

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      The higher proportion of sherry is noticeable in the smell. While the two sherry butts in the 10th edition were hardly noticeable, the 7 butts in the 11th edition can be smelled clearly. The smoke looks more subtle at first, combines well with herbal aromas, herb candies with a little menthol or a light cough syrup aroma. However, this does not seem artificial, but harmonizes well with the dry smoke. In addition, there are a few raisins and figs and the maritime appeal of candied kelp (is there such a thing? If not, there is a gap in the market, this product has to be offered in Islay!).
    • Taste
      The taste of the whisky is initially dry and stubborn and cannot develop properly with the first sip. With a little water it opens up better, now there is a fruity note to the smoke - and yes, there is some candied kelp here too or is it a heavily dried plum that was already a bit bogus? Anyway, it's delicious.

      Overall, the 10th edition was straighter and more powerfully smoky. Here a delicately tart dry fruitiness softens the smoke a bit - but it still remains powerful.
    • Finish
      In the finish, there is some wood with smoke that fills the mouth, the aftertaste of the herbal cough drop remains. It's a whisky that should finish off the evening so the smoke can stick to the palate.

      The 10th edition was the variant for the working week on Islay, the 11th edition is for the Sunday, on which you also have to work, but don't bring your mud boots into the room. But guests are not coming today. It is a nice, strong Islay whisky with dry, tangy sherry. A little more elegance than the 10th edition - but overall it remains robust tweed from the farm. For the festive Sunday there is Loch Gorm.

  8. LakatosKE scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      sweet&smoky, ashy, vanilla, cereal, crackers, oranges, toffee, creamy, lightly fruity - not much of Sherry influence
    • Taste
      86 86
      vanilla, smoke, peat, toffee
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium with creamy vanilla ending with peat smoke

  9. lonespirit scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  10. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

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