Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
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Bottle code
SAN 29.02.16 16/07
Added on
04 Mar 2016 1:21 pm by nc2malt

Average value

€ 55.11

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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman Sanaig

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.44 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Administrator

    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.

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      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 ...
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  3. JohannesB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  4. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    "Kilchoman Sanaig" - they say you should have tried it at least once. A strong statement for a whisky, because it means it is a cornerstone of taste.
    And yes, you should try it!
    • Nose
      86 86
      On the nose a fine fruity smoke with a nice interplay of sweetness and acidity.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very soft smoke notes with nice fruit and pleasant acidity. The alcohol is perfectly integrated with a little water
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-length finish with a nice aroma of black currants, Fenner resin and tasty smoke.

  5. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


  6. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Tastes good to me. He has character. I like it.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Long gentle, very pleasant finish. A white wine association comes up. Later, the fine malty sweetness remains.

  7. dramspotter scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      peat - headachey, soy sauce
    • Taste
      soft and gentle

  8. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Colour: green tea
    Nose: peated smoke, creosote, salt, seafoods, sweet fruits, grass and earth.
    Mouth: earth, peated smoke, grassy, seafoods, dust and coal.
    Finish: middle, peated smoke, dust, earth, sweet fruits.
    Kilchoman Sanaig is a good balanced, smooth, peated whisky.

  9. Moses scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    So I never would have tested it but with certain invitations you come on other paths and that's a good thing. Unfortunately, this brand is not my thing.
    • Nose
      81 81
      The sea sends greetings with lemongrass floral notes.
      Sweet fruity earth notes come to it.
      A small forest walk prevails.
      Not mine.
    • Taste
      83 83
      He starts sweetly with cocooned logs. Powerful sherry notes are loud and in the middle of it very spicy honey. The best part in tasting. Fully ok.
    • Finish
      79 79
      For me briefly from the body but the forest walk Vesper with smoked meat remains hanging. I'm so sorry. It is not my world. Point.

  10. Lakerfield scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      The fruity notes are fading and the ashy peat takes over for minutes to come. Lovely long finish!


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