Kilchoman 2009

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Original Cask Strength
Stated Age
05 years old
Ex-Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
59.2 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
03 Oct 2014 12:44 pm by Sendilkelm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 170.59

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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman 2009

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.15 points

  1. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose is bright and very smoky with notes of roasted slightly burnt nuts, furnace soot and lemon peel.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is oily, ashy and has a beautiful profile of deep smokiness followed by honey and citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is long and warming with nice profile of ash and gentle smokiness with hints of honey and jacket potatoes.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Only five years - actually not to be believed. At the back he shows some smoke - much more than at the beginning - but you don't get the feeling that the smoke conceals the lack of age.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Cold smoke, an ashtray full of old glowing stems. Lemon slices, vanilla, honey. Despite the clear smoke, it has a refreshing effect. Mild herbal mix. No green notes at all.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Despite the almost 60% alcohol content, it is surprisingly pleasant on the tongue. Present smoke, warmer than in the nose. Peaty, less ashy. Lemon juice, pepper, nutmeg, hot pepper spice. A little lovage. Machine oil, seaweed. Vanilla icecream.
    • Finish
      85 85
      In the end, smoke and lemon remain the dominant aromas. Not too long in the finish, but still so long and dense that you would not expect five years of aging.

  3. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    17e BOL-tasting van de ProefOlympics. ‘Islay Peat... of niet? Best whisky of the evening.
    • Nose
      Spices - pepper, nutmeg, peaty, ashes, fruity - red apple, citrus and pine apple. Snap beens, liquorice, rubber and sweet pine apples.
    • Taste
      Pepper, asshes, pine apple, briny, liquorice - trekdrop and honey.
    • Finish
      A bit drying with ashes, peaty and vanilla.

  4. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A good barrel molding, very rich and energetic, a bit harsh, bitter-sweet in general, good work with the fortress.
    • Nose
      Saturated, dry, first nose - plaster, lemon; Smoked bacon, light mild notes, fermented apple juice, corn, a few bandages, ash.
    • Taste
      Sharp, fatty, sweet-peat, light pepper, ash, peat, syrup, bitter young bark.
    • Finish
      Spicy, smoky-peat, bitter-sweet, grassy bitterness, oak, smoked products, citrus fruits.

  5. Bond scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Water recommended, but not a necessity.
    • Nose
      Lemon, tons of salt, cold smoke. Tar. Dust.
      + H2O: less smoke
    • Taste
      Creamy. Farmyard, Salt'n'Pepper, Maritime, like swiming in the ocean and the waves beweting your lips. Cold cigar smoke.
      +H2O: way sweeter, lemons, grapefruit.
    • Finish
      Medium. Smoke persisting. Gaining sweetness.

  6. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I didn’t drink enough Kilchomans to be able to say ‘oh this is a typical Kilchoman’ but I did anyway since my wife poured this one for me and didn’t mention what it was. From the start this gives a typical Kilchoman business card. Something that brought me back to my distillery visit instantly. Difficult to describe.
    • Nose
      Very beautiful! I didn’t expect this to be almost 60% abv. The alcoholic integration on the nose is close to being perfect, and if you take into account that this whisky is just 5yo, it is perfect! It is sweet and a wee sour. Ripe lemons and limes. Smoked meat which reminds me of Schwartzwälder schinken and in a pleasant way ashes. Salty bouillon. Some said ‘cold ash or cold smoke’ which I can understand completely. This is quite a refreshing dram!
    • Taste
      Incredibly gentle upon arrival. Right after that it’s citrusy character reveals itself unmistakably. For a 5 year old bourbon it delivers a really thick body with quite some whipped cream kind of sensations. Also there are traces of some mild spiced flavors like clove and nutmeg. I’m actually really stunned by the fact how this dram behaves on the palate! It is nothing short of insanity that a 5yo at almost 60% ABV is so balanced and the alcohol so well integrated. A job really wel done!
    • Finish
      The finish is rather long. Partly because of the peat but certainly also thanks to it’s rich and fresh citrusy flavors. It’s here where it’s youthfulness appears. Quite some malted barley and salted crackers. Due to the peat this doesn’t translate into sharp and edgy flavors but it remains rather balanced. The high ABV shines through the most in this part as well but the whole really keeps up it’s high game. Again citrusy flavors are present, somehow a little like in lemon and lime peel, not so much the fruit itself. The finale of the finish ends up a tad dry but it remains highly enjoyable.

  7. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this one Blind during the 17th BOL tasting "Islay Peat ... or not?"

    I guessed: Ardbeg, wrong!
    • Nose
      86 86
      big ashtray, loads of smoke, with some glue and alcohol. baking spices, seaweed, brussel sprouts.
    • Taste
      87 87
      hot and burning, sambal, meaty and some soy sauce, shovel full of ash, quite some spices. later some pineapple and apples with liquorice root.
    • Finish
      86 86
      not very surprising... peat, smoke, ash. perhaps some fennel?

  8. spnimcco scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nice composition without alcoholic pungency with smoke and sweetness. Clearly gained through the barrel strength

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    There are regular releases of the Original Cask Strength, which is consistently a vatting of former bourbon barrel. This release, distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2014, knew a release of no less than 9.200 bottles.

    It comes very close to the Machir Bay at cask strength that I recently tried, but is a lot less sweet on the nose. It offers up more cold ashes, lime juice and lots of herbal notes, as if someone threw in a handful of green herbs from the Provence in the cask.

    The arrival is suspiciously gentle, despite the fact that this is almost 60%. But it does not need water. Grand smoke development. Pebbles in the mouth, peat and lime, ashes and tabasco. Midpalate some honey, vanilla and apples appear.

    Nicely long, warm and spicy finish with a bitterness of tannins at the death.

    Textbook edition of bourbon cask matured Kilchoman, just the way I like it.

  10. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Bright roasted nuts with furnace soot, lemons, butter, citruses and hay.

    RATING: 86pts - [n22,t21,f22,b21] → |86-89: Remarkable|


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