Kilchoman 2011 Spring Release

Overall rating
84.58/100
votes
130
Whiskybase ID
WB21647
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
03 years old
Casktype
Fresh and Refill Bourbon / Sherry Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5060210700119
Added on
20 apr 2011 9:08 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 154.62

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130 × member ratings

469 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Kilchoman 2011 Spring Release

20 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.58 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2021] I found this very early Kilchoman release by incident on a community tasting and could not resist to try this pre-pre-mature dram again (after knowing how an adult Kilchoman tastes like)...

    ...and to be honest, I like it more than most of today's heavily peated young stuff which is because of the high-quality of the spirit itself (which was distilled very careful and not in a rush). Because of that I prefer this dram over this year's 8-years old Talisker Diageo special release - and that Talisker matured for five more years (which stresses the importance of a high-quality distillate again).
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers an immature and heavily peated profile with almost no malt flavours to discover (Where should they come from after three years only?). It smells like most heavily peated and under-aged drams these days - uniform and boring (to me). Sorry to all who like such a profile, but this is what I call "cheap thrills".
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is better with barley sugars and peat-induced flavours in (almost) an equilibrium but no significant other flavours. This is easy and pleasant, but again rather boring. It is nice to quaff when concentrating on other things than whisky, not more and not less.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The initial mouthfeel is pretty good, actually with a warming and instantly coating texture covering all parts of my mouth without distracting moments. Hence the quality of the spirit is excellent and it is much better than most of today's drams, without doubt. The finish is long and adds more sweet barley sugars which create a fine balance with the peat and wood. Again, no distracting moments until the very end. Water releases a few new aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother hence more quaffable with some fine milk chocolatey impressions towards the end. I prefer this dram at a reduced strength of about 40% abv.

  2. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Sweeter than the 2010 version. After a drop of water 1 point extra for the nose, opened up more. Nice dram.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. dramidaris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  5. ConvalRen scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Odinson scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Peter Wills, one of the sons of the distillery founder, was in Cologne for a Kilchoman tasting - while ghosts and ghosts were celebrating Halloween outside, we were able to devote eight different bottlings to the distillery under the guidance of Wills.
    The three-year Spring 2011 release was the last bottling of this kind, it was replaced by now part of the core range belonging Machir Bay.
    A juxtaposition of the Spring 2011 release and the 2018 Machir Bay showed a distinct family resemblance, noting that the current Machir Bay notes that it is one of the heart of the distillery - here, over time, a successful mix of Bourbon and Sherry casks found.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Cast Olila scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. Ivynor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Below Kilchoman Autumn and Winter in my opinion. A product however more than correct, for 3 years of age.
    • Nose
      Peat, medicinal plants and a little lime.
    • Taste
      Cough syrup (plants and sugar), smoke. It's fat at the first attack but it falls quickly. The finish is dry and ashen.
    • Finish
      Syrup for cough followed by a sensation of dryness of the palate.

  12. nc2malt did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Taken from bottle label, Dr. James Swan - Whisky Consultant
    • Nose
      Strong peaty aromas with a soft complex blend of mixed fruits.
    • Taste
      Hints of butterscotch and rich tropical fruits with an intense sweetness.
    • Finish
      A truly classic Islay malt, peaty, fresh and clean

  13. Malt Hans scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Smoky and spicy aroma, toffee, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, orange zest, Vanilla sweet and smoky taste, pepper, ginger, mint, ripe orange, raisins and malt. Long, smoky and spicy end.

  14. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Fresh and zesty on the nose, with the peat nicely balanced with fruity elements. A couple of drops of water opened it up even more...lovely. Much more robust peat on the palate, masking other aspects a touch, although a drop of water allowed subtle vanilla and dark chocolate to come through. Warming and long finish. If this is what Kilchoman can produce at 3yo, I can`t wait to see what they will bottle at 10 or 15 years!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    As expected of Kilchoman, this is a great dram, nice peaty, straightforward, clear and lots of taste. A real Islay style.

  16. Zazaz scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Young, fresh, moss, peat, wet wood, hints of lemon and pineapple. Surprisingly complex for such a young dram. Nice, though a little pricey.

  17. BeatF scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    less fresh than his direct predecessors, amazing appearance for his age!
    • Nose
      moorish, fruity (pineapple etc.), slightly juicy smoked ham
    • Taste
      fruity, resinous, peaty
    • Finish
      Spruce needles, smoking ash, tropical fruits (figs, etc.), the ham again ... quite long and pleasantly persistent

  18. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "The Spring 2011 release of Kilchoman is here and the early reviews have

    been excellent, so we can`t wait to try it! This is the sixth official

    release of Kilchoman and is a vatting of three year old and four year

    old whisky from first fill and refill bourbon casks."
    TWE

  19. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  20. alectron scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Feels a bit more rounded than previous releases. Possibly through vatting bourbon & sherry casks, although the 5 weeks sherry cask finish of the supposedly 30% 4yo that are in here haven't left much of a noticeable impression...
    • Nose
      gentle ash & peat, a few fruits (citrus & apricots), very clean. (86)
    • Taste
      upfront the expected peat & ash again next to quite a bit of light malty & fruity sweetness. (85)
    • Finish
      pleasant but no surprises. More peat, ash & citrus fruits. (84)

  21. I_SPEY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The Color is pale straw and the nose<n> is sweet, with peaty/smoky aromas and mixed fruits<+w>aromas even becoming better, stronger. The palate is<n>oilyish, very nice, smoky and some sweetish fruits;<+w> very nice, soft and even richer! The finish is medium long, clean and at the end there still is peat smoke.

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