Kilchoman 100% Islay

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The 6th Edition
Fresh & Refill Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
06.05.16 16/23
Added on
13 May 2016 1:00 pm by GIORGOS

Average value

€ 86.09

12 × in wishlist

100 × member ratings

381 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman 100% Islay

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.42 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    So to recap, this is made from their [Concerto] barley grown on the farm, malted [traditional floor maltings], mashed, brewed, distilled and bottled on site. Every part of the process is done ‘traditionally’, apart from the yeast component. At the moment, they use standard dried brewers yeast that comes from Solihull. This is a 5yo malt, all bourbon cask matured. Only very few [of their own] refill casks are used, but predominately it’s first-fill. Whereas the rest of their range carry a ppm of around 50, this has a lower ppm of 12-15.
    N: Chalky, powdery, dusty oiliness, gentle spice, a little cowshed [Pittyvaich]. Really similar to the 2nd edition on the nose, [brought along by Nick for comparison]. Soon the fruits come out with lightly smoked vanillas.
    T: Exquisite youth. Oily-dry, soft greenish notes, sugary with a little ham. Amazingly they manage to avoid that hyperactive, high resinousness that the majority of young, first-fill whiskies give off.
    F: Clean yet rugged barley finish, a little salt on vanilla wafers and a narrow mouthfeel. The peat is ever present but always tickling away in the background. 
    C: This years release has produced a super clean, balanced and immaculate 5yo. The 7th release will be a 7yo and will incorporate 10% oloroso to widen the mouthfeel.

    Scores a B-

  2. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  3. spnimcco scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Again much more balanced than the last bottling. Very harmonious. Reminiscent of a typical day on Islay

  4. Shakesbier scored this whisky 76 points Member Junior

    It's definetly not the best Kilchoman. But I appreciate the fact that everything ist from the local isle of islay...
    • Nose
      75 75
      Dried grass, citrus, something like fresh cleaned house, mint, smoke.
    • Taste
      80 80
      oily, first sweet then decent smoke.
    • Finish
      72 72
      dry, short, bitter.

  5. Menko scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I think Gere gave a very accurate review and I agree with his rating as well. So no use repeating any of that.
    Very good value for money!
    The 100% Islay series is Kilchoman at it's best, but I haven't tried the 1th, 2th, 8th or 9th yet.
    Still some work to be done :-)

  6. Karl1815 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    A very interesting whisky due to its history. Unfortunately, it lags behind other Kilchomans.
    • Nose
      84 84
      strong citrus note, pear, significantly less smoke than Machir Bay, after a while it becomes significantly sweeter in the glass, later mown grass is added
    • Taste
      82 82
      sweet on the tongue, a few young flavors, becoming sour, a little pepper
    • Finish
      80 80
      bitter, medium length

  7. Squinugie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Pretty good, relatively straight smoky malt. Interestingly, I have such a juniper and frankincense note in my mouth that I like it.
    Unfortunately - as usual with Kilchoman, quite expensive for the age.

  9. Gere scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful Kilchoman very well balanced with small facets that make it very interesting.
    • Nose
      fine peat smoke is added by citrus fruits. Especially the grapefruit predominates. Any fragrance is faint but permanent, as if hiding behind the light peat.
    • Taste
      an oily mass that spreads beautifully on the palate. The peat smoke is now more noticeable.
      Tobacco leaves with light vanilla notes are initially coming in the background but more and more.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and warm and nicely rounded.
      The initial peat smoke note slowly gives way to the malt and vanilla sweetness.

  10. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Lemon / orange and green apple. Light peat. Fairly weak nose.
    • Taste
      Better than the nose. Sweet and fruity (intensely sweet apple, yellow fruit?) Also vanilla and milk chocolate. Peat, buttery and oily. Lime. Slightly salty. Mint. Little salmiak.
    • Finish
      Lemon zest and smoke. Bit bitter. Mint. Bourbon taste lingers for a long time. Also some licorice.


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