Kilchoman 2011

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Kilchoman Club - 4th Edition
Stated Age
04 years old
Sauternes Wine Casks
Number of bottles
60.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Nov 2015 2:08 pm by Kamikaze
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 224.63

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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman 2011

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.93 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Can you really tell anyone that he is 4 years old and weighs 60% ... In any case, he tastes neither of them nor of the other. Rather, it looks older and gentler - and is just fun.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet, tropical fruits mixed with well-balanced smoke. A few green branches are mixed in, but essentially you have papaya, mango and lemon that hang around on the beach when the water burns. The smoke is cold, dry and ashy, machine oil and cold tar resonate in the background.
    • Taste
      87 87
      For his 60%, he lies very surprisingly soft on the tongue - I would - blindly - have a hard time even typing over 50, 52%. Intense smoke, green apple, lemon, honey, vanilla, toffee. Very creamy - and not youthful at all.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The flavors of the tongue slowly fade away, only the smoke remains and has a firm grip on the mouth. But still residual sweetness of the fruits.

  2. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I enjoyed a keg tasting during this year's Feis Ile and I have to say that the last half year has done well once again. The keg tasting was still a strong New Make Association, which is hardly the case here. A year more might have done well. I am curious if there is another matured filling like Madeira. Nevertheless, the Sauternes, like the Port and the Madeira, meet exactly my taste buds.
    • Nose
      Direct sweetness in the nose, honey, fruity, yellow fruit, peach, passion fruit, both already somewhat mature, pleasant integrated smoke rather on the 100% Islay level, goes into the iodine, also quite spicy, old leather, a touch of pepper, the 60% are very well involved
    • Taste
      intense, sweet, creamy, dark chocolate, at the back of the palate a little salt, peach & passion fruit, as if you bite in, the smoke settles only gradually against the sweetness, here you can now also something the youth of whisky, but good first by the intense fruity sweetness and then by the smoke is superimposed
    • Finish
      Here the smoke is now in the foreground, getting drier, a short nutty touch, on the palate, the yellow fruits are still stuck,

  3. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. fradin11 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The alcohol is perfectly integrated. First, mineral notes dominate. Then sweeter and fruity. Peaches. Apricots. Honey. Marzipan. Some pepper. The smoke is discreetly in the background.
    • Taste
      Strong start. Unlike in the nose, the peat smoke dominates at first. Then getting sweeter. Honey. Brown sugar. Pineapple. Apricots. Salt. Some oak.
    • Finish
      Long. The smoke is back in the foreground and occupies the whole mouth. The sweet and fruity notes are in the background. Spicy aromas. Pepper. Glühweingewürz. Iodine. Already a surprising amount of oak for aging.

  6. Shane_IL scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not a great fan of Sauternes finishes, but this one isn't too bad. Does leave a slight cloying sweet feeling at the back of the throat though which I dislike.
    • Nose
      Mineral peat. Wet rocks by the sea. Grape drink. Some honey and malt. Bit of white wine tannin.Woodshop smell (dry wood and sawdust, but light woods). 
    • Taste
      Takes a bit of time to process. Dirty motor oil. Salt. Earthy peat. Then comes a wave of boiled sweets, white grape juice, honey and a wasabi or horseradish-like spiciness. Thick, juicy smoke on the swallow.
    • Finish
      Long. Grape juice concentrate. Woodspice. Paprika. Oil smoke.

  7. Segens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It is not the best Kilchoman that I had but I have to admit that I had no good Sauternes Wine whisky so far. This was the first where I would say that I could like it :-)

    Once again an excellent job by this wonderful distillery. And as I have mentioned it in several notes before. This is just the beginning :-) So much good stuff to come. I am so excited about the future :-)
    • Nose
      60%? Not really there the alcohol is perfectly implemented. The grapes of the Sauternes Wine are there! Decent smoke, barbecue and sea salt. Especially the fruity sweet wine influence gives this dram a special nose.
    • Taste
      A lot of honey and sweet grapes then salt and then finally the 60% are there gives the dram after some seconds a spicy influence in the mouth. Barbecue notes come after a while!
    • Finish
      Sweet smokey long finish with a lot of salt. 

  8. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This Malt is -again- a Masterpiece. With one or two more years it
    will surely break the 90 points barrier. I'm just dreaming of a 7 or 8
    year old expression of this stuff, initially matured for let's say 3
    years in refill sauternes casks of the same quality and then "enhanced"
    with a second maturation of four years in fresh sauternes barriques like
    the ones used for this Club edition.
    This will raise a challenge to all the older distilleries on Islay.
    But again, even now it's already great stuff. And I also like the Kilchoman policy to make age statements (or distillation and/or bottling dates) on most of their expressions. What a great job to turn out a Malt like
    this after just four years. Awesome !

    The guys @ Kilchoman are way too good to stick to oldfashioned Ex-Bourbon casks.

    I like this traditional stuff also , but the "exotic casks expressions" (port, madeira and now sauternes) are absolute winners ! 

  10. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Today I am lazy and therefore I would like to add only the otherwise very correct remarks of "edge mechanic": I had clearly fresh papaya in my nose.

    Otherwise, I was incredibly surprised at how well the strong alcohol (60% by volume) was integrated after just those short 4 years. Well-integrated alcohol is always a quality criterion for me and so well integrated with so much strength and such a young age speaks for an absolutely outstanding quality of the spirit and the barrels. But that is already slowly used by Kilchoman. You can drink this bottling well undiluted and that at 60 vol.%. It tastes and smells better, if you open it with a little water. Similarly, you can dilute more - unlike some other Kilchoman bottlings, this does not tend to "drowning". Little water is better.
    What surprised me otherwise was that the smoke was contrary to some other descriptions rather holding back - or to put it better, the smoke was very well integrated into the rest of the world of flavors.

    Thus, it would have been better possible to remember metallic impressions of such a young malt rather wrong but - and this is again a quality criterion, it in turn speaks for super barrels, if there apparently in the short time already a lot of subtractive maturation of Statten seems to have gone.

    Instead of any metallic impressions, I even found it hard to believe, delicate bitterness and wood, as if biting into a wet board. Just the right little touch of wood bitterness, so that there is a counterbalance to the strong sweetness of Sauternes. Not a bit more. Perfect !

    In the taste - this is typical of Kilchoman - comes next to the variation of a potato-cooked fruit fruits of the usual, delicate-floral character of the spirit, supplemented by this time much more medically than usual at Kilchoman acting smoke and just strong fruity sweetness, however never sticky or unpleasant, but on the contrary great and just a little bitterness gets to compensate.

    Almost one would like to attest some complexity. Wonderful! Incredible!


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