Kilchoman Machir Bay

Overall rating
83.71/100
votes
324
Whiskybase ID
WB54542
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2014
Casktype
Bourbon / Oloroso
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5060210700218
Added on
07 may 2014 8:13 am by Roman
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 72.65

6 × in wishlist

324 × member ratings

798 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Kilchoman Machir Bay

39 users have left 45 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.71 points.

  1. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    That's how I got to know and love Kilchoman back then, very tasty and easy to drink
    • Nose
      Sweet and grassy, dry smoke, Mirabelle plums, vanilla, also creamy, sour, cinnamon only hinted at, citrus, also chalky, could also pass for Caol Ila, overall quite light, the alcohol is clearly there, but super integrated, hay and also sweet malt
    • Taste
      Creamy, sweet, decent smoke, ash, plums, sweet lemon, vanilla, cookie dough, chalky, good mouthfeel, fun
    • Finish
      Now more tangerines, lovely, still light ashy smoke, becoming drier, slightly furry, but still pleasant

  2. Svjatogor scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    n: rum pralines, fruits, sulphur, used matches, earthy, citrus, diesel, cooked fruits, hint of grapefruit, butterscotch
    t: light, sweet, peat, white pepper
    a: peat, vanilla, smoke, white pepper, hint of wood

  3. mauricehuckriede scored this whisky 81 points Newbie

    smoky, not too strong, not pungent.

  4. LDB scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    One of the most boring Islay-Whiskies I have ever had. Totally overrated distillery.

  5. TsiAI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Green grass, relatively raw, with some melon skin

  6. CluaranDeilgneach scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Colour: Pale gold.
    Every whisky has a story to tell. One behind this expression of Kilchoman is short and simple, but bonnie nontheless.

    After a storm that thrown up logs on the seashore, there is calm. And here we stand, on still-wet sand, feeling gentle touch of sea breeze while drinking a tea with lemon slice. There is a crackling bonfire nearby, from where smell of smoke reaches us...
    • Nose
      85 85
      A wee touch of gentle smoke from the nearby bonfire. Salty wind from the sea. Some wood logs drifting in the foam. Lemon.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Simple. Sweet and salty with an oily structure. Gentle taste, quite smooth for such a youngster.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long, smoky with some oak and white pepper on the palate, nevertheless pleasant finish.

  7. nad_chario scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    its strength, the creamy peat and a lemon meringue that remains from the beginning to the end of the tasting! Magnifies in the second half of the bottle! For an islay, it's a plus!
    • Nose
      grassy, ​​peat, intense lemon
    • Taste
      fat peat, medicinal, on the burnt tire
    • Finish
      monolithic

  9. Lord of Orkney scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Calmar scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Slack and faded Kilhoman, sad looks against the background of his fellow barrel fortress; a very modest set of components, everything is simple and unpretentious, a little develops in the aftertaste - sherry derivatives begin to appear, but the situation as a whole does not save.
    • Nose
      Clear, sweet-peat, sea, the coals of a long-burnt fire, an empty smokehouse.
    • Taste
      Watery, peat, burnt sugar, burnt biscuits, burnt branches.
    • Finish
      Spicy, kvasnoe wort, dark beer, kvass, burnt biscuits, coal, prunes.

  11. Lord of Orkney scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. mer1973 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Fight65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Fight65 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  15. holborndrinker scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A decent dram, especially for such a young whisky
    • Nose
      Quite subtle on the nose with faint medicinal smells emerging.
    • Taste
      Quite a gentle tasting dram, although there is a linering aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Long and quite smooth.

  16. xFabe did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    The nose disappoints for the time being. The mouthfeel knows how to convince in such a way that the dram is a true pleasure. Despite the youth, Oloroso Nachreifung has managed to produce a delicious whisky. Despite the 46%, I'm just wondering: Is the alcohol in there? Point goes to the variety of whisky world!
    • Nose
      Heavy smoke, phenol and ashtray, light fruit and vanilla behind, the smoke goes back and it comes green apple, once the smoke is gone he is very light, second nose: very strong grapes
    • Taste
      Amazing sweetness, a bit watery, smoke sticks back, barely oak, leaves and feels like juice in the mouth
    • Finish
      Light and pleasant, sweet, white wine, no alcohol

  17. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Fine peated whisky, which also offers fruity and sweetness in addition to the peat and leather tones. Finish remains slightly in terms of taste and experience with the smell and especially body, but all in all a very nice whisky.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  18. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Peated whisky that also leaves room for fruity and sweet notes. Tastes mature for a still younger whisky.
    • Nose
      Peat, leather. Also some citrus, vanilla. After a while also a bit of ashtray smell / tobacco smoke. Sounds more unpleasant than it is by the way. Also a bit of a 'Scapino' experience, that kind of leather-like air.
    • Taste
      Salmiak kick. Licorice, peppery. Also fruity, citrus, surprisingly fresh for a peated whisky. Also a little mint, and milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, slightly peppery, some bitter, peat, some sweet, some chocolate too.

  19. vojt466 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very good drink for (at Kilchoman) acceptable price
    • Nose
      That's how it got to my nose :) A lot of smoke, but not some kind of hospital, more like a hearth but also rounded, burned gum, ginger and sherry background, dark dried fruit, jam and woody. Anyway, it's not as dense as Loch Gorm, but it smells so good.
    • Taste
      In the first moment the burnt gum is dominated, the spiciness comes after it, and lastly, the pleasant smoky fruity sweetness of the oranges and, in paradox, the salinity. Anyway, the rubber with a good dose of spices still leads. On the background woodiness, some candied dark fruits and sweet tea.
    • Finish
      It smoothes in reverberation - in addition to tobacco smoke, it smells like cocoa, gum, woodiness, and in the end, salinity comes again - the reverberation is probably the weakest of all parameters, but equally good. Quite long

  20. Mephisto scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A tasty and tempting Islay single malt. A bit young indeed, but with a diverse flavor, salt and sugar are nicely balanced. Maybe more oloroso would make this whisky even better.
    Summarized a notable cost-effectiveness.
    • Nose
      Fruity warm smoke and ashes mixed with citrus, vanilla and a hint of cocos. The smell of burnt wood or a cold campfire from yesterday.
    • Taste
      Clearly peated, somehow "medical". Both the oloroso and the more wooden ex-bourbon cask are present. Some berries, gentle and malty sweetness.
    • Finish
      A sweet taste and bitterness remain on the tongue. Some savory herbs and salt finally.

  21. Mephisto scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  22. rottendon scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Is a late bloomer, but then can convince but much more than its predecessors. Again, you need a lot of imagination for the Oloroso. But you can clearly see that the distillery and its products are growing up.
    • Nose
      Again restrained smoke, but mineral notes and hints of salty smoked bacon right at the beginning. While the bacon note can not last, it is increasingly mineral, with muff from old cellar vaults and a few alcoholic tips. There is not much sweetness in the nose, only a few fruity hints, again the cooked peaches and a few citrus fruits. The smoke easily goes into the phenolic. Warms up something rounder and sweeter, also some salt again.
    • Taste
      First of taste very similar to the 2013er. Sugary sweetness, cane sugar, the peppery impact comes this time with some menthol, a little less harsh, again no acid and a little flatter. The impression changes with the second sip, if a little acid comes up and he gets salty, but not so flat. The metallic notes are missing here seemingly completely.
    • Finish
      The finish is a bit shorter than its predecessors, but still above average length. Sweet at first, sounds slow and becomes increasingly salty. A warm, peaty smokiness remains behind, not ashy at all.

  23. Archer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  24. Archer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Comparison tasting Machir Bay 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 in the chat-Stammtisch. My order: '15 - '14 - '12 - '13
    • Nose
      Lemon smoke. Slightly musty, earthy. Tar paper. Phenolic than its predecessors. Moist straw, salmiac pastilles.
      For a moment, the smell of a freshly washed with vinegar cleaner linoleum floor.
    • Taste
      Sea-salt! The lips feel as if you have licked a salt stone. Heavy smoke that rolls over the tongue in waves. Lime slices. Some vanilla, dried fruits (apricots?).
    • Finish
      Just a glowing campfire. Will dry quickly, citrus fruits come back again. Still salty, but getting weaker, fading away.

  25. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Conclusion: Machir Bay 2012/13/14/15, Conclusion: Overall, the smoke is rather bitter, with many sweet, lighter notes and pepper at all, but there are clear differences. Overall pretty mature for their low age, little metallic notes, but rather something for people who like it peaty-vigorous-and-strong, with (formerly) each ~ 45 € just OK.
    The 12er is quite interesting for tasting (and the most interesting of the 4), but so to enjoy me is personally too much cable fire in it. The 15er is similarly open-hearted in the nose, more flavorful and less bitter, would probably be the best a shelf candidate. 13 & 14 I find flatter and also quite bitter, cut the worst in the comparison, my order: 15> 12> 14> 13.
    • Nose
      medium-strong (more than the flat 2012er brother, less than 2013), earthy, slightly medically, some nasty GDR Polyclinic note from the very deep memory ... some lemon and vanilla
    • Taste
      Ash, cold shisha water, lemon, brown sugar, malt, dark chocolate, some licorice
    • Finish
      medium long, bitter citrus peel, ash - much bitter, not very sweet

  26. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    very strong scents on the nose, spicy, peaty and fruity (on the lemon) and still peaty, then a slight sweetness patissière of melted butter!
    then in the mouth, we lose what the nose could discover, only the lemon and stones remain.
    alcohol is discreet.
    a good entry for this kilchoman, which looks a bit far from LAGAVULIN (but less fruity and less complex!), And whose final is quite long but monolithic.

  27. didi1893 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The fine (not too dominant) smoke of the nose in combination with the fruity citrus fruits is really great. The smoke in the taste is also not too dominant and somehow fresh and clear. The departure is initially lacking in strength and power, but the Kilchoman is a great malt!
    • Nose
      Fine, but very intense smoke with some peat rises from the glass. Citrus fruits and fine sweetness join. The alcohol is harmoniously integrated.
    • Taste
      Of course, the fruity smoke immediately comes to the fore. A fine freshness with a touch of mint is noticeable. A clear freshness dominates the smoke and is very pleasant.
      Again fruity citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      Somehow it lacks the departure at the beginning of some strength and power. Fine fruity smoke becomes noticeably more intense and voluminous in the course of the departure. Nevertheless, the finish is very fine.

  28. Speedo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    In the nose immediately intense, delicious smoke and fruity, lemony freshness. The alcohol stays back pleasantly.

    The taste I would have expected more buzz, in fact, the Machir Bay but wonderfully soft. The alcohol is barely noticeable, but again the lemony component coupled with a subtle vanilla sweetness.

    The finish, not sharp at all, leaves its smoky traces for a long time.

    I am positively surprised. Here was an intense smoker with a rather mild drinking created.

  29. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This dram impressively shows how Kilchoman and their whisky is
    developing. This delicious malt displays creamy vanilla and delicate
    fruit from the bourbon barrels, and dark chocolate and winter spice from
    the oloroso casks, perfectly integrated with the peaty and smoky
    distillery character. An already complex and rich whisky. Simply
    stunning for its age.

    https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776
    • Nose
      Initial peat reek and medicinal flavours (iodine, adhesive tape)
      intermingle with green apple, hints of toffee, crisp malt, lemon zest
      and orange peel. White pepper and subtle grassy notes in the back.
    • Taste
      Rich and creamy. Sweet vanilla notes and blossom honey accompanied by
      peat smoke, burning heather, bitumen, and spicy cloves. Lateron, subtle
      fruitiness of apricots and cherries emerge with hints of wine gum,
      freshly cut grass, dark chocolate and winter spice. Extremely
      mouth-filling.
    • Finish
      A warm hit followed with a long and treacly finish. Bitter dark chocolate with cloves and peat smoke in the aftertaste.

      WITH WATER: A dash of water significantly decreases the fruitiness
      bringing the peatiness and the medicinal flavours to the fore. There’s
      less fruits on the palate with a massive load of winter spices, cloves,
      pepper and oak. Only a hint of chocolate with peat and smoke in the
      back. The finish is medium long with bitter orange peel and cloves.

  30. Landryn scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  31. drkrylov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      80 80

  32. alex..w..fan did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Kilchoman ‘Machir Bay 2014’ (46%, OB, 2014)  I had found the 2013 version a little sweet, but let’s see… This is a vatting of ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso casks. Colour: white wine. Nose: there is a sucrosity indeed (opening a large bag of marshmallows) but on the other hand, the coastal peat – lime combination works very well. What’s quite impressive is the purity in this, even if that’s also what makes it a little simple. Mouth: sweet ashy peat. Brine, almonds, lemon squash, lemon drops, perhaps two sultanas (not more) and faint liqueury side indeed. Barley sugar. That ought to be the short sherry finishing. Finish: rather long, clean, with some lime and some lemon, and always this sweet roundness. Many ashes as well. Comments: it’s a little mezcaly, in fact. I think I like it better than the 2013. SGP:537 - 83 points.

  33. marcelk scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  34. MadScientist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. Peter87 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  36. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  37. mrbugsb scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Am I the only one that can smell and taste a tobacco flavor in this whisky? It's like drinking a pack of cigarettes :-).

    I do like this whisky, as it tastes different than any other Islay whisky I have tasted.

    It is a very nice spirit with a big peat and smoky taste, combined with a salty, liquorice type flavor. It does tend to end very dry and more and more salty during the medium to long finish.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  38. squaadgras scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  39. Guntis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  40. Vrisky scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  41. FernetBranco scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      75 75

  42. Matt80 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very nice. Seems to be a more spirity, poorer version of Lagavulin 16
    • Nose
      Peat smoke initially and then a whiff of horse manure. Candy sweetness and rubber bands. A smoked fish note develops when adding a drop of water
    • Taste
      Extreme peat smoke hits with a candy sweetness edge. It does taste young.
    • Finish
      Long, smokey and slightly herbal

  43. Gos Ruben scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    The best
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  44. Shane_IL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is a great Islay. Young with some excellent cereal notes one finds in a well made young whisky, but as would be expected with such a whisky from this region, it's all about the peat and I am fine with that.
    • Nose
      Very earthy peat, mineral salts, a bit of cereal notes, white wine, (smoked) apples.
    • Taste
      Deep earthy notes, iodine, mineral salts and more delicious thick peat. And as a friend who doesn't like peated whiskies said: tastes like a bonfire that's just been pissed on.
    • Finish
      Really long, remarkably so. Smoke and peat and some mild salts, still tasting it 20 min later.

  45. irrerelevant scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Metallic, a lot of smoke, woody, ash, citric acid, snappy alcohol, cereals (cinnamon?) ... that's young! becomes more pleasant in the air, beautiful white golden color, becomes more and more "fresh", sweetness comes, slight barrel influence, the smoke is aggressive, the taste is more pleasant than expected. Smokers may well be young, this works at least pretty well. For the age quite right, hardly influence of the barrel, but the taste is still well matured ... jo, succeeded

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