[from a bottle that had been open for a long time] Barbecue chips spice mix. Not as rubbery anymore as I'd been led to believe but it doesn't seem particularly complex nor is there any development noticeable probably due to having been open a long time already. The body is quite light. Heavy in peat but rather watery. This is pretty nice but I think I liked the bourbon sc I had before this more since the sherry here could have used some more time to integrate into the make better. There's just one thing happening here all the time so it gets a bit tiring.
Well, in comparison to the finished versions, where the metallic (probably from the still young pot stills) next to the herausziselierten other flavor components made the special charm of the Kilchoman drops, I like here the combination of animal-metallic taste in combination less well with the somewhat diffuse jelly. At Machir Bay 2013 I criticized the lack of sherry casks, here the sherry is a bit too dominant. This is less a smoked whisky than a smoked sherry!
Campfire, spicy, fruity, but also something of a jute sack that has become wet with seawater.
And now a metallic off-taste begins to fumble with a somewhat syrupy / honey-like mass, underpinned by some citrus fruit.
The campfire-like and at the same time the metallic crowd for a moment in the foreground, then the molasses struggles again, accompanied by light vanilla and citrus fruits, then comes back to the metallic. With some goodwill, the finish can be described as medium long.