Kilchoman Genesis

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Malting - Stage 2
Bourbon (75%), Sauternes (20%), Sherry (5%)
Number of bottles
49.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
GSB E19.11.21 21/139
Added on
10 dec 2021 6:09 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 80.14

19 × in wishlist

46 × member ratings

239 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Kilchoman Genesis

12 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.84 points.

  1. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Like Kilchoman's first Genesis bottling, this one is unaged, although I assume a very young age due to the low cask influence. The three main components of the smell and taste profile are smoke, acidity and bitterness. Above all, the bitterness doesn't quite fit into the picture for me due to the generally low influence of the cask. Overall I lack a bit of complexity and balance to really like the malt.
    • Nose
      Medicinal peat smoke with tar and "hospital notes" completely overwhelms all other aromas at first. After a short time, a slight sweetness comes to light. Then the aroma turns surprisingly sour with lemons and limes. There are also malt, nuts (almonds and pistachios) and vanilla. After the first taste it gets a bit lighter and sweeter, the smoke is better integrated and I can also find sweet citrus fruits, lemon cream and apples. The vanilla becomes a little more intense and caramel and a hint of cotton candy come through. In the background I find a very weak oak note.
    • Taste
      The start is strong, as well as slightly tingling and hot (black pepper or chilli?). The entire mouth is filled immediately. The smoke is clearly present again and is already well integrated right at the beginning. The sour lemons also come through immediately. Over time, the mouthfeel becomes a little sweeter and I can find the almonds again. The second time I try it, it seems much sweeter and the acidity only develops over time – exactly the opposite of the first time. After a few seconds in the mouth, a clear bitter note sets in, but without explicit oak notes.
    • Finish
      I can hardly find any sweetness anymore. The feel becomes noticeably drier with a slightly acidic astringency. The smoke dominates together with some marzipan. I would describe the finish as medium long, although the smoke lingers much longer than the other notes. The acidity and the indefinable bitterness also stay in the throat for a relatively long time.

  2. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Doesn't differ much from Kilchoman standard bottlings. Relatively sweet.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Peat smoke moving towards dry coal/chimney smoke. straw and grain. Herb-spicy and salty. Pear, vanilla and light citrus. Sweetness that seems artificial (sweetener).
    • Taste
      85 85
      Nose is reflected on the palate. Relatively sweet. Sweetness not as artificial as in the nose, more like honey.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Dry sweet peat smoke remains. citrus and honey. Spice. mid-length.

  3. glen efze scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It feels like a special bottling appears at Kilchoman every week, the meaning of which is not always recognizable. This is the second part of a series that aims to show how whisky is made. This time it's about malting. It is stated that Kilchoman uses both Concerto and Laureate malted barley, as well as Concerto barley malted at Port Ellen Maltings, for this bottling. So probably the normal Kilchoman blend... Not much else is special either: mainly ex-bourbon, something Sauternes, hardly any sherry. And above all, no statement about age. The color is light gold. So let's find out what's supposed to justify the price tag from €70 upwards.
    • Nose
      Islay smoke but not too phenolic, vanilla custard, sweet fruits. They are the expected aromas, they come pleasantly to the nose, the alcohol does not sting. Everything is more on the sweet side and gets a maritime-tart Islay character from the smoke. There is also a light grain note, fresh straw on the sun-warmed field, somewhere a small fire is smoking and there is fresh fruit. But there is also a sweet syrupy effect that I attribute to the Sauternes and don't really like.
    • Taste
      The sweetness is also decisive in the taste. Appropriately for the occasion, it could be defined as malt sweetness. The fruit aromas are not very pronounced. Sweet vanilla cream and a smoked malt candy, that's it. There are also fleeting menthol aromas, some cough drop that disappears again and leaves malt sweetness. The smoke isn't really that prominent, it's more behind the sweet malt candy.
    • Finish
      The smoke is there and stays in the mouth, the malt candy sticks to the palate and continues to give off malty sweetness, plus a few herbs and a little thyme.

      One could philosophize about the maltiness, but doesn't every - especially young - whisky have it? This Kilchoman is not very young, it shows no metallic aspects, no fermentation aromas. But he's still too young, the sweetness seems fake, without smoke he would certainly be completely meaningless. It lacks depth and structure, everything is rather superficial and not yet complexly interwoven.

      It's young and tasty - but these are some Islay whiskys these days that are available unaged at half the price quoted here.

  4. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Expraesi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  6. 2ndSip scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Mixed on the nose, interesting with rough edges but also repulsive at the same time.
    In the taste then more pleasing; very nice and creamy, pleasant spiciness and a little more fruit in the second sip, even if that's not the focus.
    For me much more interesting than the Stage 1, even if the aroma in the nose is somehow confusing; the taste brings it out again.
    [86 - 82 = good whisky -> get (second) bottle? Maybe...] (trending up)
    • Nose
      81 81
      phenolic-peaty maritime smoke. Pear, green apple, lemon and light kiwi acid moment.
      Spicy comes to the fore, light oak spice, mossy forest floor. Nutmeg and clove along with green pepper and fennel.
      With more air, a musty undertone comes to light, which also goes in the direction of wet hay (not really what I'm looking for now)
    • Taste
      87 87
      soft, spicy start, creamy-oily-viscous. A sharp, peppery spiciness is delayed, but quickly transitions into a creamy-oily-viscous mouthfeel.
      Becoming drier, tannins, spiciness and spices are more in the foreground; the fruit aromas go under first. Slightly bitter taste of dry coffee powder.
      The phenolic-peaty smoke is subtly present.
      Second sip: very soft again, more fruit, especially pear, lemon. But then it swings right back into the wort. The peat smoke is now slightly stronger.
      The 49.2% suits him quite well.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The peat smoke persists for quite a long time. The spice sticks to the tongue, the spices remain in the mouth; everything is getting drier, even dry and ashy.
      Tannins occupy the tongue.

  7. Sporx scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Version 11/20/21 with 49.4

    Little smoke, herbs, fresh

    the taste
    Maritime, slightly smoky, herbs, ham, salted caramel

    Medium length, sweetish, young, salty

  8. hawk31 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    To be perfectly honest, Kilchoman from Islay Distilleries comes last for me. That's because I just don't like the distillery character.

    Maybe that's why I like this Stage 2, because it's a bit atypical. Very tasty, you notice a bit of youth in the finish. But doesn't detract from the enjoyment. The Sauternes goes very well with the bourbon, I didn't find the sherry cask.

  9. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Peat, fresh lime, vanilla, apple and a light spiciness.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Less fresh, more burnt. Gingerbread, vanilla and apple.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peat, dark chocolate, vanilla biscuit, gingerbread and apple.

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Green smoke, honey, tobacco, leaves, white fruits, quite pleasant

  11. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  12. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Quite sweet but still balanced with the peat and smoke
    • Nose
      87 87
      Seabreeze, iodine, coastal peat, smoky, herbs, little citric, cigar tobacco, ashes, charcoal
    • Taste
      86 86
      Punchy, honey sweet, vanilla, peaty, smoky, herbal, little fruity, salty
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium long, warm, herbal, smoky, peaty


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