Kilchoman 2011

Overall rating
86.82/100
votes
317
Whiskybase ID
WB72558
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Madeira Cask Matured
Vintage
2011
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
04 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Ex-Madeira Barrels
Number of bottles
6100
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
MDR 29.09.15 15/60
Barcode
5060210700744
Added on
03 oct 2015 11:57 am by nc2malt
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 353.11

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Whisky reviews for Kilchoman 2011

46 users have left 48 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.82 points.

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It's a bit too strong on some notes, orange liqueur among them, and on top of that it's a bit too "arranged" conceptually to be a real winner, but besides, it does work !
    • Nose
      The Madeira influence here is actually quite subtle. You get a hefty load of vegetal peat first and foremost, with bitter seaweed, coastal notes and lemon. Then after only comes some of the wine's influence, with sponge cake, orange blossom, macaroons. Camphory. Cake soaked in orange juice. It's actually quite "light" so far, and the distillate has the word.
    • Taste
      There comes the wine-y richness. It's quite well balanced though, and the texture and alcohol integration are not bad at all. A much more evident sucrosity here with ginger bread, macaroons, oxidized wines and liqueurs, most notably Cointreau (a lot) and maraschino. Cloves, a bith of eath and of vegetal bitterness to counterbalance that. But a lot of peaty Cointreau, yeah. More of a recipe than a classic malt whisky, but it's well made for what it is.
    • Finish
      Same vein, with candied orange zest, clove, orangette, camphory peat with still that trademark vegetal bitterness.

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  3. ailean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  6. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Nuts, orange, lemon, cold smoke, herbs, herb candy, pine needles, grass, some earth
    • Taste
      Herbal candy, honey, lemon, wood, chilli
      It tingles in the mouth. You can tell that he's only 4 years old

  7. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    sample from KH via pop_noir, who didn't like it. and ack no... this cask doesn't work for me either, but the nose is decent. hard to score because the spirit is good but this madeira 1st fill does not work for my palate...
    • Nose
      smoked duck and plum sauce, even a little hoisin, strawberry jam, smoked grist and iberico. not really in love with that, just a bit monolithic, but solid enough and I would put it as twice its age easily, but it wouldn't want to be in casks any longer. this one of those experiments for a new distillery to get decent maturity out the door asap, and they get away with it on the nose...
    • Taste
      promising at first, oily spirit, sweet and fruity, summer pudding, cointreau not such a fan of that, cask rushes in, sweet, weird wood (mushroom), madeira...

  8. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      woeig, glue, fruity, citrus, smoke, (jura / kilchoman fragrance), cherries, rotten wood, peach, leather
    • Taste
      smoky, pepper, vanilla, cherry, chocolate, iodine, sweet wood / salmiak, oily

  9. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Works very well, Kilchoman and Madeira barrel ripening!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dried raw ham, served with a sweet sauce of red berries and grapes. Very mild smoke. In the distance pine needles. This sweet ham note is very special, I had this form so far with no Kilchoman and also otherwise I can not remember to have smelled something like that before. A herbal pillow, plus pepper, nutmeg and thyme.
    • Taste
      90 90
      On the tongue then directly beautiful "classic" peat smoke. In addition, spicy ham and fruit candy. Milk chocolate, toffee, honey, vanilla. Slightly salty. Pleasant sweetness, not too intrusive.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, peat-smoked, sweetsweet.

  10. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  12. LucasPnk scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A pleasant and well controlled dram.
    Whisky n ° 3
    • Nose
      Smoke, grapes, slightly caramelized lemony freshness, gradually warms up on chocolate notes.
    • Taste
      Woody start, which evokes a dry brown rum. It evolves towards ripe red fruits, it is very greedy. Slight bitterness on the finish, on currant. All embalmed with smoke;
    • Finish
      Ashen, woody, rather sweet. Average length but pretty considering the maturation period.

  13. Calmar scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Kilhoman, 50%, is already a different level, and the density appears and the constituents become larger, the depth of which is somehow; The barrel is very active and struggles with the basis for the championship with variable success.
    • Nose
      Restrained, peat, wine notes, melon, fruit syrup, peaches on the grill, ash, candied fruits from exotic fruits.
    • Taste
      Dense, peat, coal, wine notes, Madeira, in fact, podvyavlenny grapes, lollipops, tropical fruits.
    • Finish
      Fruit-peat, coal, burnt branches, caramel, candied fruits from tropical fruits, a little pepper - lemon and pink, orange, tangerines.

  14. pianoman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Some campfire smoke, grated orange peel, lemon juice. Freshly cut fennel. Green apples, summer flowers, a trace of wood glue.
    • Taste
      Smoky and refreshing. Green apples, limes, some honey, ground nuts. Deleted campfire, medium long.

  15. jeoff scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    great nose and nice start in the mouth, due to the youth just a little bit of finish. But that will be, we are talking about a 3-4 year old whisky!
    • Nose
      very fruity, rather "young fruits", lots of sweet, pickled apricot, pear. In addition the beautiful strong, but never stinky Kilchoman coastal smoke. Nice salty with lots of grill flavors. With fresh, sweetened popcorn. Leckerst!
    • Taste
      sweet and strong smoky beginning with fleshy salty character. The fruit is here "darker" than in the nose, raspberry, forest fruit. But then it becomes quite scratchy quite soon, here the youth becomes noticeable.
    • Finish
      short, sweet, smoky.

  17. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Blog

    Released in 2015 as a small release, consisting of 70% bourbon, 20% sherry and 10% various wine casks. It can be a big risk involving wine casks, so it was bottled as a 4yo to avoid the risk of over doing it. Originally planned to be bottled at 55%, it was found to be too spirity - so 50% it is.
    N: Xmas cake, Bruichladdich ‘Sherry Classic’ vibe [remember that oddity WB?],… with brandy cream and all the wine gums. Same oily, yet dry Kilchoman signature, though ‘big’ - those first-fills rather ‘obvious’ for the first time tonight.
    T: Resinous and candid in its makeup, although its still quite a combo.
    F: Dry chocolatey sherry.
    C: A freaky one as using Madeira may suggest. Nick brilliantly coins this a ‘Gestalt’ malt at the same moment as i’m swinging between yes & no, leaning in the end firmly to a yes. Why? - it's fun, it works and whether you like it or not, those Madeira casks are rather superb. Looking for a Madeira casked single malt, look no further - recommended. Watch out for a release matured in red wine casks, due around September - likely to be a genuine one off.

    Scores a B-

  18. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. helmutgw scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: opens the nose, becomes more differentiated, a bit bitter, something Obstler, after some time: boiled potatoes Complex! No mainstream and succeeded. 28.01.2017 88
    • Nose
      F: Pink! Spätburgunder Weißherbst N: alcoholically closed, but promising - beware of smell!
    • Taste
      subtly sweet - vinous, a little smoke - spicy: fennel seeds ?, very interesting!
    • Finish
      long, alcoholic, so

  20. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Teen and "dirty", for his age a certain complexity
    • Nose
      Caramel, fudge, green notes, grass clippings, Hubbabubba chewy sweets, grass sillage, no alcoholic water, nougat, cowshed, chimney fire
    • Taste
      Phenol, fermented grass, toffee, hazelnut nougat, salt and old brackish water
    • Finish
      slightly overpowering and phenolic, spicy, medium long

  21. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Xelios scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  24. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  25. Cast Olila scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  26. idl0r scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    The Madeira maturation adds a quite interesting note to the distillery character. 

    Love it, although price is a bit hefty ...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  27. Berrysaki scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Nice smell of camp fire. Once being 'through the smoke', sweetness of raisins together with butter are popping up. 
    • Taste
      Quite watery but still in balance. Peat, vanilla, lemon confit a bit of oak. Iodine.
    • Finish
      Long finish, mostly peat.

  28. whiskybros scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    You can find our review at http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Kilchoman-Madeira-Cask-Matured-4yo/c21kp/574d58470cf2755d8443f7ea
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  29. kot1803 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  30. Albaron scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    A fantastic nose, in the mouth it falls off a bit, but that is whining at a high level, the finish is also great, because he has a fabulous dryness. Great. Unfortunately, he is not as great overall as the barrel sample from last year, but he still deserves a high rating. Of course it is not very complex, but it is simply delicious and enjoyable.
    • Nose
      the camp fire smoke is present immediately, then dried fruit, generally quite dry, cucumber water, a slight alcohol touch tingles in the nose, a bit nutty
    • Taste
      Dry campfire smoke, then generally dry, fruity, many dried fruits, oak, somewhat moldy, spices also a hint of cinnamon
    • Finish
      the smoke remains, very dry, slightly bitter and a hint of oak

  31. Arquebus scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Very different, not particularly complex, but a fantastic integration of a young quality peated malt and great quality casks. Do not be fooled into thinking that because it's young - therefore it's spirity or harsh. On the nose it has a fresh fruitiness (bubblegum/ blackcurrant leaf or perhaps even strawberry conserve? with orange cinnemon/Anise and molasses in the mix too), it's sweet, peaty (with no hint of phenols unlike other Islays), and has a very unique personilty. At 50% by vol it's accessible without water. The taste, delivery and finish are seemless with the nose carrying through the taste and into a long finish. I'm tasting side by side with a Lagauvulin 2015 Distillers Edition. Yes - the Lagauvulin at 16yrs old has more complexity, but the Lagavulin is less distinctive in my opinion.  In my view, well worth the £75 (if you can find it at this price!). This 'farm' distillery really delivers a 1st class world whisky that can hold its head high alongside the long established Islay Giants. 93pts from me.

    My bottle was opened Feb 2016 and I'm now nearing the bottom (Dec 2016). I've got three other Kilchomans on the going and this one really stands out: -  I've enjoyed it so much I'm upping to 95pts!

  32. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Kilchoman Madeira cask 50%
    tasted 2016-03 @ Odder
    N cinnamon, strong wood smoke, star anise
    G as if biting into an old pirate ship, strong woody, warm and comforting smoke
    82

  33. Shane_IL scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Quite complex for a youngster, but very much a youngster. Really liked the cinnamon kick on the palate. 
    • Nose
      Quite a light, mineral peat. Definitely some young spirit notes, oatmeal of porridge with a good helping of brown sugar and cinnamon. Lemon (fruit not zest). Winey notes, grape bubble gum, grappa. Overripe apples. 
    • Taste
      A moment of mellow fruit and then a very aggressive, young mineral peat and salt hits, along with more cinnamon, very distinctively cinnamon, loads of it. And then a little more mellow fruits, this vineyard peach liqueur I had in the Rhineland, lemon. 
    • Finish
      Long. Ash. Dry wood. Cinnamon (almost like fireball). Some grape bubblegum on the end. 

  34. LordBellamy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: strong, lime + Zintronennoten, significant Madeira sweetness, peat is restrained, but present, looks very mature, only in the background is the youth through a bit, sweet charcoal

    Taste: very sweet, nutty, chocolate, soft Finish: now comes the peat with all its strength, to red berries, strawberry, finally metallic / young Conclusion: delicious, tasty, very well matured - 87 points

  35. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I wasn't sure what to expect when opening this bottle. I'd seen great reviews and not-so-good reviews. I've waited until my third pour from the bottle to write this, as what is very clear is that this isn't a 'normal' profile, and my reaction to it changed slightly each time I tried it. The nose is consistently wonderful. The trademark Kilchoman notes are there (creamy peat smoke and rich fruits), enhanced in many ways by the Madeira casks. You get sweeter fruits (reminding me of those candied orange and lemon slices my Gran used to give me as a child at Christmas!) and a touch more oak than the standard Kilchoman releases (e.g, Machir Bay). Water opened it up nicely. Very different, but also very likeable. It is the palate where my opinion changed more between tastings. There is a syrupy richness here from the Madeira casks which borders on the cloying and doesn't sit as naturally with the Kilchoman spirit as it does on the nose. The first dram I had this didn't bother me, but with the second dram (on a different night in a different frame of mind) I found it all a bit too much of a good thing. Tonight, I sit somewhere in between the two extremes! The soft peat returns at the finish, leaving a lovely lingering, smoky trace on the tongue. A difficult one to score for me, ranging somewhere between 78-88 depending on my mood. I've gone for somewhere near the midpoint between the two for an overall score. Not one to replace the excellent standard bourbon or sherry cask Kilchomans, but certainly an interesting experiment.

  36. Speedo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Delicious smoke and the typical citrus note. This time, however, complemented by sweeter fruits such as oranges and apricots. Despite the 50%, the alcohol does not sting in the nose.
    • Taste
      Again, the Kilchoman is quite soft, the 50% are not as strong as one might suspect. In the mouth are mainly sweet notes such as chocolate and honey spread, the smoke and the sweet and sour fruits are also clearly noticeable.
    • Finish
      Long and warm accompanied by smoke and dried fruit. Again, no sharpness, so I've kept a pretty sappy impression in memory.

  37. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  38. ASWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Ranking: 1st finish, 2nd mouth, 3rd nose

    a young whisky to whom one can forgive his youth
    because she is selling well
    especially with its great finish

    In 2 or 3 years we should definitely meet again an always welcome dram
    • Nose
      unmoved:
      the Madeira Cask
      and a lot of green youth
      slightly sprightly
      and yet delicious

      later and moving:
      reddish fruit, chocolate, Madeira, cask, schnapps
      lots of sweet barley & dusty peat smoke
      a little red lollipop

      his youth is very present in the nose
    • Taste
      his entrance is soft, cool and elegant and bright red
      sweet on the palate
      on the tongue comes smoke, stinging, barley
      it spreads smoky in the mouth and develops chocolate, barley sweetness, notes of bright red cherries
      on the palate remains peaty sweetness
    • Finish
      Chocolate pudding with vanilla
      Dusty
      barley
      peat smoke
      At the end comes a lot of barley sweetness
      the mature looks as in the nose and mouth
      a beautiful very long finish
      with good barrel flavors
      and distillery detection
      sweet sweet tobacco smoke to the end
      very beautiful!

  39. fradin11 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  40. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This Whisky simply is a masterpiece. *
    One of the few, that totally bans discussions about "age".
    But one of these, that start discussions about "craftmanship" and "superb cask management".
    One of the whiskies, that gets nose-palate-finish united.
    Nutty sweetness, cinnamon (I love it) some wineyard peaches, whipped cream, some roasted almonds, some field buttercups and just a hint of citrus, all lulled in heavy smoke and you think that this is purely natural which means everything is perfectly balanced. There's nothing sharp in it, yet the malt remains powerful. At the end there are some impressions of a shotgun shack, wet soil, and a memory of the salt fields in Portugal, where they make fleur de sal (luxurious, 1st class sea salt) and these last impressions are making it even better.

    I give it 89 out of a 100 and there's some fantasy for more.The downside: The guys @ Kilchoman distillery are too sparingly with buying these "exotic" casks. Hey guys you've proven that you are able to produce the most brilliant youngtime port and madeira cask Whisky. There should be more than just 10 or 20 casks available for a small batch of these at least once a year, which also will allow a more decent price (hopefully) and a better availability until the next batch would arrive (hopefully).*first tasted at the Kilchoman Landrover tour October 2015 in Würzburg, Germany

  41. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  42. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose is very varied and offers a pleasant interplay of smoke and Madeiranoten. In spite of 50% of the intensity I do not have in my mouth. Since last year's club release and also the single sample, which could be tasted in advance, had more to offer. Nonetheless, of course, for a 4 year old a top quality.
    • Nose
      Fruity, directly a full load of Madeira, sweet, of course, smoke, which gives a pleasant mix with the Madeira, as so often with Kilchoman from the youth of 4 years no trace, the alcohol is also well tailed, water do not need it, Shortly I had mustard or vinegar in the nose, but then again, if you give him some time clearly milk chocolate comes to it, always superimposed with sweet fruit, the most likely direction Mirabelle (also slightly acidic) goes, in the background spicier flavors like tobacco and something leathery
    • Taste
      creamy, sweet and here now rather cold smoke present, of course, again the mirabelle plums from the nose, a little espresso, the last sip I have now clearly cinnamon with it, I miss a little the force, as if I had a few drops Too much water added.
    • Finish
      salt is added to the bottom, it gets drier overall, the sweet Mirabelle remains on the palate, above all salty smoke

  43. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    n: the madeira cask influence is a bit too heavy
    m:caramelised onion  sauce and  menthol herbs are added to the kilchoman character
    f: long but still the madeira influence has covered a bit the excellent kilchoman spirit

    I am happy that the core expression in the future will be based on bourbon barrels

    and from what I've tried so far I believe that finishes work better for kilchoman than fully wine barrel maturation.....maybe second fill will perform better than first fill when they let the spirit there for its whole life..
    88

  44. Segens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very good Kilchoman. I guess that I prefer the Port Cask Finish compared to this one but it is once again a wonder what is possible after only 4 years of maturation. 
    • Nose
      After all the great reviews first a bit disappointing as there is not much. Elegant salty smoke a bit of sweetness and also a bit of Madeira. After a few minutes I have grain and honey in the nose and the whisky is more complex now. The alcohol is not existing in the nose, perfectly balanced.
    • Taste
      Crazy! 50% but the alcohol is not there. It is smooth fruity and nutty. Nevertheless after a few seconds you have the smoke there as well. 
    • Finish
      Very elegant long warm finish with an excellent balance of smoke, sweetness and alcohol. I love it!

  45. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by John MacLellan - Distillery Manager;

    This release has been matured for over four years in Madeira casks.

    Colour: Rich mahogany.

    Nose: Strong, lemon and citrus notes.

    Palate: Sweet with a nutty dark chocolate character.

    Finish: A rich texture with peat smoke and soft mixed fruits.

  46. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  47. JohannesB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Unbelievable, what was bottled here after only four years of maturation. Clean distillate and the best Madeira barrels have produced an extremely good malt. Expensive? Maybe. But I've already enjoyed many even more expensive and much older malts, which would have clearly outclassed this one. A must-have!
    • Nose
      At the beginning very reserved. Cold smoke, yeast, soaked grain and a modest sweetness. More does not come first. I am almost disappointed and decide to let the malt breathe for 10 minutes while warming it with my hands. And then it's like someone swapped the malt in a glass! Sweet cereal sugar, malt, honey and a really intense touch of beeswax candles. Then the Madeiranoten strengthen. They are extremely tightly woven, intense and complex, no comparison to the usual finishes.
    • Taste
      Velvety soft and without the spark of a burning, the malt almost slides on the tongue. Roasted nuts, sweetened almonds, dark chocolate and much Madeira, which is best compared to juicy orange cake. Later on, the smoke, which is also strong in taste, comes to the fore and complements the increasing spiciness of European oak. The alcohol is well integrated, the malt is neither watery nor too strong.
    • Finish
      Smoke and sweetness sound long and dark in the mouth and make room for an impressive cereal note. Like opening the Mashtun in the distillery. To mention remains the mouthfeel. The whole mouth is covered, as when you chew on peanuts for a long time.

  48. hfos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  49. Wolv scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

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