Kilchoman Machir Bay

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
10th Anniversary Tour 2015
Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
58.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
European Tour 2015
Added on
03 Sep 2015 9:18 am by Jonckheere Sven
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 150.21

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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman Machir Bay

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.22 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    **Sweet vs Salt vs Sour**
    I’ve had this bottle in my cabinet for years. I bought two when the Wills brothers of Kilchoman toured Europe with the 4x4 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the distillery back in 2015. For that occasion 1500 bottles of Machir Bay at cask strength were released. My first bottle did not survive long, but the second one I opened only in May 2020 for the second edition of WhisQy (Whisky in Quarantine), my virtual tastings via online stream. Contrary to today’s version of Machir Bay, this is a vatting of bourbon barrels only. It was the opener of the evening, go figure.

    Powerful, smoky nose on cardboard (not an off-note), lime, lemon and charcoal. Sea breeze and ashes, overripe Jonagold apples and smoked ham. I love it.

    Surprisingly creamy body, smoky and peaty from the first sip, yet with a lovely undertone of sweet versus salty versus sour. Lots of vanilla and sugar, citrus fruit (bergamot and grapefruit) and brackish water (and quite a bit indeed). Clearly young, but with a good balance. Powerful too. Liquorice and white pepper with a slightly bitter note of the wood.

    The finish is wonderfully long, starts sweet but then dies a wonderful peaty death.

    For me, this is Kilchoman pur sang. Excellent whisky.

  2. checkpointuk scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    White wine - sunlight
    Very smoky and with a lot of dull cardboard-character. Soft lemon extract, lime and sweet accents of yellow, ripe apples. In addition wet coal, ashes, peat and maritime sea air.
    Sweetish, slightly sour and at the same time with a lot of sugar sweet peat. Add lime, salt, bergamot, wet charcoal, some honey, but unfortunately the sweetness is mostly based on sugar.
    Medium long - now tart and peatier, tenderly woody and with a dull and wet character. The fruit is strongly suppressed. A dry tartness of wood and peat determines the finish.
    85 points
    N: 87P / G: 85P / F: 84P

  3. claymore84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 02-22-2021.

  4. ConvalRen scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. face scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Story Tellers: Tasting Whisky in January 2018
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    A very interesting, powerful, still young malt - limited for the European Tour 2015;
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      Citrus fruits (lime, lemon), strong smoke, ash, sweetness;
    • Taste
      diluted: intense, mouth-filling, lime, fine spiciness, honey, strong smoke, charcoal on the palate;
    • Finish
      long, powerful finish; Oak in the finish;

  8. ARDBERG scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Segens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Wow I simply love Kilchoman. This dram is another masterpiece of this distillery and I am happy that they have only started their business ;-) So much good stuff to come.
    • Nose
      Smoke smoke smoke :-) Very nice after a while you have bacon, honey & vanilla. A nose that I really like. 
    • Taste
      First sweet (honey) and only a bit of smoke which is suprising after the nose. Then I have notes of Barbecue Sauce, salty bacon (a lot of salt :-) )
    • Finish
      Nice long smooth, smokey, sweet, very very well done.

  10. rottendon scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Overall, he gets 84 points from me, the nose and the finish are great, the taste is a bit too metallic. Alcohol already fits. He is exceptionally strong, but I can not determine burning. So in terms of alcohol, the piglet has burned more, but the Kilchoman has three times more fire in terms of warming and such. But we all want that, right? Notes from an online chat tasting
    • Nose
      First the usual smoke board. If the first bourbon notes, vanilla and caramel, as well as a proper load of ham. The alcohol is once again perfectly integrated. No bizz in the nose. Warm up ... Egg, when heated, the alcohol taps but then quite nice. Warms up in the nose a beautiful harmonious overall picture, the smoke very ashy in the background, the alcohol is also back in the background, a little sweet aroma of grilled fruits, very light citrus notes. Nice nose! Let's try ...
    • Taste
      Hui yes, goose bumps. Crisp alcohol, although it does not burn. Pretty good metallic. On the tongue are added a bitter herbal mixture and sweet honey. But I find it less sweet than the Machir Bay standards. Otherwise, I agree, which can Kilchoman much better, Feis Ile 2015 or the club bottlings z. B.
    • Finish
      In the finish, which is again very long, the sweetness is slow, a salty bacon note stays much longer and the ash sticks almost eternally on the tongue.


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