Kilchoman 2011

Overall rating
86.39/100
votes
253
Whiskybase ID
WB56871
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Port Cask Matured
Vintage
2011
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
03 years old
Casktype
Ex-Ruby Port Casks
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
55.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5060210700584
Added on
07 aug 2014 9:06 am by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 262.50

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Whisky reviews for Kilchoman 2011

41 users have left 41 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.39 points.

  1. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    That was the beginning of my love for port and smoke, and it's still convincing today, although 8 years have passed, I might not give 91 points anymore, but I'll leave them as they are for sentimental reasons, towards 90 it would also go today still
    • Nose
      Almonds, some shoe factory, morello cherry, chocolate, but tart, the smoke lies rather lightly over everything, Lumumba, becomes more and more chocolaty over time, waffle biscuits, slightly floral, a dash of lemon, now also coffee, i.e. the powder, a pinch of pepper, Nice
    • Taste
      Wow, for entry, fruity, super creamy, cherry, floral, flowery, would also pass for Bowmore, chocolate, waffle, caramel, raspberry, espresso, medium-strong smoke, which is new compared to the port influence, seems much older than 3 years , Great
    • Finish
      Creamy, sweet, chocolate, raspberry, slightly acidic on the palate, nutty, fun

  2. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  3. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    In 2017 I’ve visited this idillic distillery on the far west of Islay. It caught me since that day but somehow every time I wanted to buy a few bottles and/or samples I ended up buying different stuff. But...Finally...this week I pulled the trigger and bought 14 samples and 1 bottle of Kilchoman. Time for an in depth liquid tour of what this distillery can produce! Number 11 has been poured into the glass. I’m curious, sceptic, but curious. 3yo is usually not something I feel attracted to.
    • Nose
      An interesting play between young spirit that wants to push it’s character and the port cask that want to make clear it’s influence. Sweet dark fruits like bramble and blueberries. Sugar, malted barley and clearly raisins. Also a whiff of spice. Interesting nose. Not that bad actually.
    • Taste
      The palate is not so much dominated by the ABV as I expected. It is a bit restless though. It did already get some body from the cask. Raspberry, honey and ashes are the most outspoken for me.
    • Finish
      The finish is one that can satisfy. It doesn’t bring anything new to the table.

      This whisky clearly offers more then I expected before but I do think it doesn’t have enough depth and complexity. Therefore I would have loved to see this one mature for several more years. It has been bottled at the beginning of it full potential. That’s a big pitty.

  5. ConvalRen scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Too young.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    **Brackish Strawberries**
    Kilchoman has quite a few port casks in their warehouses from a non-disclosed port producer from the Douro valley in Portugal. Part of those were put to sleep in 2011 to be released three years later at a cask strength of 55% in 2014. So this is not a finish, but full maturation on Ruby Port casks, just sayin’.

    While the typical traits of Kilchoman are recognizable – peat smoke, ashes, citrus fruit, vanilla – they are completely overpowered by the cask, that adds strawberry jam and raspberry milkshake. Some old, leather books, a dusty attic and that about sums up the nose. It’s just… it all seems a bit out of sync. It is almost like the Kilchoman spirit and the port cask have decided to tolerate each other, without integrating. Does that make sense? The port is like a layer on top of the Kilchoman.

    The arrival is creamy and pretty spicy. I get those typical Kilchoman notes again – quite brackish in fact – while to port cask does its utmost to add red fruit, but… it clashes a bit. I get chewing tobacco, strawberries, cherry candy and rum-raisins and that all sounds delicious if it weren’t for the lack of balance of this malt. It cannot seem to make up its mind and that is confusing for my brain! Salty and smoky, as I am used from Kilchoman, or red fruit and sweetness galore? Darn, this is difficult.

    The finish is very long and pretty spicy on chili pepper, candied ginger and cloves. The smoke lingers forever as if trying to say: ‘Hey, just so you know, I really am an Islay whisky!’.

    Not really my thing. I like port, I really do. And I love Kilchoman. But the combination of the two does not convince me. One of the few Kilchoman that I’m not particularly fond of.

  7. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tried at the regulars' table, therefore shorter notes. Solid, rather dry kilchoman.
    • Nose
      Wet hay, damp, simmering oak from a campfire on the beach, wet leaves, ham, pumpernickel, brown sugar and forest honey
    • Taste
      Salt, damp algae, Parma ham, damp grass, ginger, camphor, cardamom, citrus peel
    • Finish
      Moist earth, kadamom, nutmeg, camphor, roasted malt, medium length

  8. butt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Numwierum scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I just like the young Port smoker and this one is doing really well too!

  10. Gere scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The sweet smoke note comes to me first, followed by raisins
    • Taste
      On the palate, the sweet smoke remains, plus dark chocolate and dark berries
    • Finish
      The smoky notes stick to the tongue for a long time

  11. GJR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Port sweetness overpowering (well a bit) the Kilchoman style. A bit too sweet for me.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Is getting better and more smokey/islay style. Sweetness is still present for a lot.
    • Finish
      88 88
      At last..... the islay smoke power finally pushed the port sweetness back. This is much better. A bit of an unbalanced dram. Port influence is fierce, but its also just 3 years old (too young for this kind of cask)

  12. Dyno scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    expectations were high, very high for this 3yo port-matured kilchoman. Sadly, as ever, high expectations are a tricky thing. This is a very nice dram, but seems i might be less of a sucker for port-peat combo's - still a solid whisky!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    3 years old, good maturing, but I think the lot of port influence not harmonized well with the distillery character.
    • Nose
      Peat, forest fruits, salted caramel and mint.
    • Taste
      Spicy. Peat, pepper, salt, orange peel, herbals and honey.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy.

  14. fgg did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Behind the smoke and peat, the sweet traces of the port are easy to find.
    • Taste
      Soft-sweet taste hidden under a hint of smoke. A little water does good.
    • Finish
      Pleasant, medium finish.

  15. jeoff scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  16. Maltseller scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

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

  17. gerardsmike scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Helgo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Thanks Bowmore House B&B for letting a bottle of this limited released. N- Beautiful copper liquid. Cloth, straw sack smokes and dusty,
    trademark of vanilla, coconut and rum chocolate. Firm and honest. P- Overwhelmed, thick sweet fruits coating with fine leather and herbs.
    Lemon with a pinch of salt that leave a touch of welcoming bitterness
    at the tail.

    F- Long, enduring and elegant traces of spiciness that lasts, echoing, fantastic and perfectly balanced.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  20. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very good for its age, not for its price.
    • Nose
      Blackberry, peat, praliné. A little caramel and gingerbread. Water releases a bit of peach and marshmallow.
    • Taste
      Peat, blueberry, caramel, cherry, gingerbread and pepper.
    • Finish
      Peat, blackberry, toffee, orange and a little peach.

  21. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Interesting
    dram. You wouldn’t believe this is only 3 years old. Absolutely loaded with
    cask influence for this age. The peat is not overpowering, if you dilute it
    slightly. And after all, hardly any mothballs to be found here. So thumbs up.
    • Nose
      Grape
      juice, well-integrated iodine smoke, sugared strawberries, and light honey.
      With water it turns more astringent, more spirity even. Faint hints of ozone,
      unlit matches perhaps.
    • Taste
      Cracking
      smoke at full ABV. fruity-dry smoke. Prickly! Orange liqueur and smoked mango.
      Ashy licorice.
    • Finish
      Medium.
      Menthol and stewed herbs. More sweet than bitter, but tannic nonetheless.

  22. mds51 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Burnt charcoal, red grapes, cold smoke, something martine, salty, slightly damp hay, red groats
    • Taste
      Dark chocolate, red porridge with custard, ashes, slightly metallic, peach, bitterness
    • Finish
      The bitterness and ash flavor remain medium in the mouth.

  23. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I like it very much, but I like to mature even longer.
    • Nose
      Equally medical Islay smoke. Wet wood burns (campfire in the rain), very complex. Slowly come through ripe dark grapes. Then suddenly sweet, a little nut and grapes (trail mix). Finally, I have Nesquick powder in my nose, chocolate and whole milk.
    • Taste
      In the alcohol strength, I had expected an alcoholic flame, but he starts easily and more carefully. Dark fruits and chocolate come through. At the end stronger and the chocolate gets more cocoa content.
    • Finish
      Slightly metallic (Imagination?) And clearly woody, a bit bitter.

  24. Segens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Excellent dram. My first on Port Finish but for sure not my last. Absolutely nice!
    • Nose
      Strong smoke and salty sea but it takes some minutes in the glass to express its full energy. Oak and a bit of sweetness in the back. First time ever that I have strawberries in the nose. Due to the Port finish probably. The alcohol is intensive and could have been more balanced from my point of view.
    • Taste
      Wow what a taste incredible smooth and sweet start. Sweet caramel candies with a little bitterness but the sweetness is truly dominant. No water is needed from my point of view.
    • Finish
      First I was disappointed as the taste disappears quickly but then you have a long, I would rather say extremely long sweetness and smoke that is giving an echo for several seconds.

  25. rottendon scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Uh yes, at which the ghosts should divorce. Not just the stuff. On the one hand, the fruit notes and the really beguiling sweet taste, but then this immature, which clouds the picture. Amazing Bourbon notes for a complete Port Maturation, if you like strong smoky whiskys, that's good. If not you will probably only see the mistakes. That probably explains the many bad reviews. Reviews beyond the 90 points are in my view but also greatly exaggerated.
    • Nose
      Strong smoke brand Kilchoman, with immediately red fruits, especially cherries and red grapes. Red grits with a lot of bourbon custard. Whitecurrants. Later comes something hay-like, but very different from the Speysidern, isolated and fresher. The alcohol bizzles something in between, but is in principle well integrated.
    • Taste
      Caramel pudding with salt, dark, almost viscous, chocolate sweetness. Then warms youthful, metallic bitterness in the ash rain, at the same time even tougher and sweeter, it is thought, every moment begins to pull strings. The alcohol is soft, goes well and pure.
    • Finish
      Medium long, tart fruity notes, also here with a bit youthful bitterness, but unobtrusive. Softens quickly sweet peat smoke.

  26. Bond scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Fine bottling. Port notes and the destilate very well composed. Compared to the cask sample I had (German Tasting Tour 2013) I'd say this was the perfect moment for bottling.

    I love strange stuff like this, thus the high rating. Hands off if you dislike wine finishes.
    • Nose
      Obviously Port - Raspberries, Strawberries, Cream and cold smoke. Very pleasant.
      + H2O: more sweetness, same notes.
    • Taste
      Perfect balance between Port notes and the spirit: red berries, cloves and pepper. Mineralic. Tar and a delicate bitterness.
      +H2O: A bag full of spices added.
    • Finish
      Medium. On tar and sweetness. Ok, this is treee years old, what did you expect?
      + H2O: longer now. Balance improved.

  27. hfos scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  28. Finlaggan scored this whisky 54 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    http://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2015/03/kilchoman-port-cask-distillery-botttling.html

  29. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    tasted with Whiskyclub Spakenburg

    Kilchoman tasting 02-2015
    • Nose
      fudge, roses, raisins, rosehip, pepper and soft peat
    • Taste
      peat, smoke and spices

      nothing left of the port notes in the taste
    • Finish
      earthy, peat, smoke and briny - salt

  30. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  31. irrerelevant scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Peat smoke and port, but somehow next to each other, not so connected, dirty, earthy, some Brazil nut, very sweet Port in the mouth, this smoke, fierce, intense, oak, dried, then nuts come ... does not seem so harmonious and something artificially

  32. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: peat, vanilla, sweetness, red fruit, strawberry, peat and port are well integrated, some tar, green freshly cut grass Taste: sweet vanilla and strawberry, then the peat comes through with full force and brings some tar / asphalt with Finish: long, peat, earthy / mineral, asphalt / tar

    Conclusion: great nose, in the taste he convinced - only in the finish you realize that he is still quite young and he lacks some depth. Overall, but very well done - 88 points

  33. fradin11 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  34. Wolv scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  35. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    That's how it works, despite the fact that Portaroma is extremely intense for only three years, together with the Kilchoman Trademarks. Harmoniously tuned. Water should be pure.
    • Nose
      Pure: formidable! Just as a peat meets Port must smell part: dirty sweetness, fresh bacon from the pan, hot raspberries with vanilla ice cream. Excellent! But not really complex. Peaty, stings a bit more in the nose, the fruits take up more space. Now something like burning grass. hot!
    • Taste
      Pur: ouch, the bite quite beautiful, in addition here enormous dark sweetness, Mon Cheri, but only original with the Piedmont ... oh no matter. Roasted almonds from the folk festival. Delicious! With water: is much smoother, the peat comes out more, it is good!
    • Finish
      surprisingly long, sweet and bitter, but delicious bitter.

  36. Mushinico scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  37. TastyDram did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Kilchoman deviated from trodden paths with this Port Cask Matured. It's not your typical daily dram but surely an interesting discovery. Too bad my sample was a tad small. I sneaked less than a centiliter home from the Kilchoman masterclass with George and James Wills. Otherwise I would probably have gotten more extensive tasting notes.

    This experiment will cost around € 85 / £ 68. Be quick for the number of bottles attributed to Belgium is very limited. And than it's up to the online auctions...
    • Nose
      The nose is rather tingling, courtesy of the high ABV. There's definitely some smoke present on the nose. Red fruit and crème brûlée flavours bring balance. It also offers those typical Kilchoman citrus flavours, scorched grass and worn leather.
      Water softens its aggressive side and offers some raisins.
    • Taste
      The smoke is more ubiquitous on the palate. The port delivers flavours of aromatic tobacco, honey and red fruits: cherries and strawberries.
      Again it sweetens with water. Yet the smoke keeps the leading role. Raisins, honey and vanilla.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is hot and a little spicy. Roasted peanuts.

  38. Whisky-in-Wiesbaden scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Official Tasting-Notes by Kilchoman:

    Colour: Mahogany with a touch of ruby.

    Nose:   Powerful, lemon and citrus notes.            

    Palate: Smoke right away, sweet with a nutty milk chocolate character.

    Finish: A heavy texture which drifts away to dry smoke with oakiness.

  39. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  40. JacobaEd scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  41. Bishlouk scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Imbalance. The maturation in Porto cask does not seem to be my thing, either.
    • Nose
      Smoke, melon, dry grass. From chewing gum to strawberry.
    • Taste
      Alcoholic. Smoked melon and white pepper topping.
    • Finish
      She too (too) alcoholic, it kills the flavors.

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