Named after a rocky inlet in the northwest of Islay, Kilchoman Sanaig is the distillery's second NAS core range bottling beside 'Machir Bay'. What a flattering nose! Cooked fruits, cloves and bonfire smoke harmonize with toffee, marshmallows and hints of salt. After a mouth-watering and warming arrival, the sherry cask influence becomes more prominent. Imagine peaty sweetness, wood tannins, brine and lemon zest, lingering on the palate for endless minutes. Almost reminiscent of Lagavulin DE, this young Single Malt scores with quality and character.
The wonderfully fruity and peaty nose is fantastic, the taste follows the full contrast program. Soot, smoke, dark wood, harsh and bitter. Somehow I find the combination not so bad, whereby I would not have expected these dark and tart notes after this fruity nose. In a nutshell: The nose is top, the taste and the aftertaste, however, are getting used to.
Already when Eischenken the Kilchoman exudes its wonderfully peaty aroma. Subtle smoky notes dissolve from the voluminous peat, slightly sweet and fruity notes make the nose seem wonderfully harmonious. A hint of burnt caramel rises, creamy vanilla and red berries mix, I can smell a subtle cherry note? Slowly, the fruity note flattens a bit and earthy and slightly mineral influences come into their own. Oh yes, on the glass wall have formed particularly oily and tough streaks and drops ...
The Kilchoman flows powerfully over the tongue, dark and slightly burnt wooden elements exude their bitter aroma. The smoke aromas and the dark, tart wood aromas increase significantly, burnt peat and wood residues rest on the palate. Dark bittersweet chocolate melts in the mouth, bitter espresso powder steals on the tongue, the bitter and bitter aromas increase. A touch of pepper mixes with woody sharpness, burned wood and peat come to fulminant advantage again.
Bitter and slightly smoky, the taste goes into the reverberation, dark wood elements are covered by a thin layer of soot. A pinch of salt dissolves from the harsh and bitter aftertaste, a touch of roasted walnuts comes to light.
Once again for his young age (According to rumors, mainly 4-5 year old whiskys are used) impressively mature malt of Kilchoman. The intense smoke does not like and covers the other facets. The added sherry casks could bring in the aroma more intense, but in the mouth and in the finish they are absolutely present.
Heavy smoke, typical of Kilchoman in its own way. On the one hand earthy, phenolic with first aid kit and hospital, on the other hand with much soaked grain and malt. As if you were standing in the middle of the floor of the malt, when the grain is being barren with fresh peat smoke, but still gives off its damp smell. Oregano. Behind it are bright, citrusy fruits. Pineapple, grapefruit and later a few dark berries and chocolate from the sherry casks.
Intense smokiness and a pleasant mouthfeel. Next to the smoke are grapefruit, lemon drops and smoked fish. A peppery pungency tickles the palate, the alcohol is well integrated and only noticeable late.
Long and worn by the smoke. Cigar tobacco, ashes and espresso beans in dark chocolate. But here, too, shows the balanced character of Kilchoman, it comes to sweet caramel and malt sugar to the fore.
Very nice game of smoke and fruit. Light fruit sweetish but slightly acidic. Chewy apples, light grapes, a little clove, a bit sour fruit gum. Raw sourdough. Some caramel. Everything accompanied by beautiful non-penetrating peat smoke.
What the nose promises is kept. The sweet-sour fruit play, the smoke then in the background stronger, already slightly scratchy occurs. Very pleasant on the palate. The 46% are good for him. Gain some sweetness over time. Sweet malt and cereals.
Long gentle, very pleasant finish. A white wine association comes up. Later, the fine malty sweetness remains.
This is the first Kilchoman I've tried and this is a good first impression. Despite the fact it was more sherry than bourbon matured, it's too bad the sherry influence isn't that big but that's an age thing. It has an underlying, balanced sweetness that makes plenty of room for the peat to attack your palate.
Earthy peat combined with fruity sweetness. Smoke, peat, roasted nuts, ground pepper, sea air, orange, cinnamon, banana and a touch of apricot. Immediate non-agressive peat and common Islay notes on the nose are followed by layers of medium ripe fruit.
Starts a little sweet and fruity but here's where the peat really kicks in, as it is more subdued on the nose. Strawberry jam, BBQ sauce, ashy peat, salt, pepper, campfire smoke, iodine, smoked mackerel, and a faint note of citrus in the background. There's this perfectly married sweet tone and although a little shy, it knows its place. The Sanaig is a little hot, but not unpleasant.
The fruity notes are fading and the ashy peat takes over for minutes to come. Lovely long finish!