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Kilchoman 2011

Overall rating
86.37/100
votes
251
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

€ 247.69

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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman 2011

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.37 points

  1. 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.

  2. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.

  3. ConvalRen scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  4. 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.

  5. ColdAesthetics 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

  6. butt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Numwierum scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. 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

  9. 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)

  10. 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

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