Kilchoman Machir Bay

Overall rating
83.46/100
votes
311
Whiskybase ID
WB86456
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2015
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Barrels & Oloroso Sherry Butts
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5060210700522
Added on
05 sep 2016 5:32 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 48.42

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779 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Kilchoman Machir Bay

22 users have left 23 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.46 points.

  1. WHISKOPIJCA scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Very bright color.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Lots of peat. Sea salt. Caramel. Salty caramel. Herbalism.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Peat. Salty caramel. Sea salt. Smoke. Oak. Oily. Oily.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Peat. Sea salt. Sea. Smoke. Ash. Spices. Delicate spice.

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  4. ZLako scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Interesting whisky for sure. At the time I tasted it I wasn't a huge fun of Islay whiskies.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Sweet peat, salt, oak, vanilla
    • Taste
      79 79
      Very smoky, spicy, pepper, earthy and some dust or ash
    • Finish
      79 79
      Long and pleasant

  5. aquataste scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet peat smoke, sea salt, citrus, honey, vanilla, slightly medical
    • Taste
      Smoky, semi-sweet, slightly peppery, earthy, ash, salt, vanilla
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, earthy, ash at the end

  6. Gous scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. Don Cassi scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Super sweet on the nose. In addition, greasy, warm smoke, seaweed, a little banana and citrus, relatively light.

    Burnt wood and a slight sweetness in the mouth. Also slightly fruity (pear) and chocolaty in the finish.
    Length: 8/10

    Overall light and tangy, like a dry white wine.

    Nice and intense, with water it becomes a little more pleasing, but it also loses some character.

    Grade: 2+

  8. JeJoost scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    A decent young Islay single malt. Looking forward to a time where Kilchoman has enough stock to where they can start having decent age-stated products in their core range. Untill then, this will do.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Earthy smoke, baked lemon, roasted peanuts, papaya, honeydew melon, banana and something pickle-y.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Warming smoke, brine, bittersweet, white pepper, citric, toasted marshmallow, unripe mango.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Quite short, sour, herbal and spicy with some exotic fruits.

  9. Gweddry scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      fresh light smoke, green apple, bull's eye, sweet, sugar syrup, bitter wine, chalk, lime, marshmallow, vanilla, licorice, bananas
    • Taste
      sweet smoke, oily, vegetables, red fruits, sea water, bitter at the end,
    • Finish
      smoke, tomato, oily, light omelette, citrus and salt, chilli

  10. MHFFMNN scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A typical Kilchoman in my opinion. On the nose mild with a distant peat fire. The taste again has peat fire, vanilla and fresh sea(salt). The whisky has the right amount of peat and smoke for me.

  11. Teomarg scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  12. claymore84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 05-28-2020.

  13. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points Super Administrator

    Islay's youngest distillery (ESTḌ 2005) presents its 'Machir Bay' NAS expression with 46% ABV, natural color and non-chill filtered. Fairly simple on the nose, you get earthy, dusty peat smoke with lime juice and honey. The arrival is fresh, slightly spirity but well-composed with sweet spices, dry peatiness and some salted peanuts. Tasting briny, peppery and aromatic in the development, the finish is clean with slowly fading notes of dark chocolate and smoked ham. Kilchoman is definitely getting there, though rather expensive for such a young whisky.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Grutslurp scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Dry, chalky, peat and vanilla, various herbs.
    • Taste
      Bitter, more peat and chalk.
    • Finish
      Rather short, still bitter on mineral peat.

  16. jhut scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    24 June 2017
    • Nose
      Real salty peat wind. Open sea, waves, storm. Very young peat, little wood influence. Seaweed, the fish are flying around the ears in this sea breeze. Jacket is waving in the strong wind.
    • Taste
      Salty
    • Finish
      What a whisky of seawater. Very nice salty, slightly smoky. Young peat, keep influence

  17. praisethepasta scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  18. praisethepasta scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    a very fine, young whisky, mostly spirit driven but it's already showing a lovely complexity for its young age (somewhere between 4 and 6 years I reckon). adding water has an influence on the nose and palate, but it doesn't necessarily improves it...  84 - 85 points
    • Nose
      smokey, medicinal, some iodine, peat, licorice, caramelized brown sugar. with some water: the smoke and peat diminish, sweet fruit rises to the surface
    • Taste
      smoke, oil, sweet (red) fruit, a hint of vanilla in the back. with water: more emphasis on the sweet (red) fruit and surprisingly salty
    • Finish
      medium long, oily, a bit of heath. adding water makes the salty tones linger on, but has little impact on the heat

  19. CST1986 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    What's there is quite delicious. But it's not enough to grant it a very good rating above 85. For what this Kilchoman is offering I find the price tag quite hefty too. I mean, I could spend 10 quid less and get a Laphroaig 10 or a "Six Isles" or a Finlaggan - all playing in the same league. I've got an affinity for the farm distillery philosophy at Kilchoman, but I'd rather save my money for the fabulous Loch Gorm.
    • Nose
      Clean, peaty, smoky, young. Burning grass, slightly medicinal. Salted lemons, crispy citrussy barley and liquorice. Soft heather honey note and salty and sour brine. Simple but pleasant.
    • Taste
      Good attack, but not very full. Quite alcoholic. Flavourwise it gets thinner in the development. Salty and peaty, medicinal and mentholy. Again, simple and far from complex, maybe a bit too young too, but it's not a bad whisky at all.
    • Finish
      Medium to short, leaves the mouth cool and fresh though, sweet and grassy peat in the aftertaste.

  20. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Not my kind of whisky, Oloroso I feel here 0, vllt. it just made the whole thing a bit gentler, which then came towards me. Definitely not a bad whisky, but also not a very good one.
    • Nose
      Clear peat notes with coastal air, citrus, lime, some vanilla and toffee in between, light honey with heather and a metallic, young note in the background
    • Taste
      Full, slightly oily entry, honey with herbs, vanilla, peat (but nice medium, not like me disagreeable Ardbeg), brine, a bit bitter young oak,
    • Finish
      Medium long, salty citrusy, ok but absolutely nothing special

  21. Dyno scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. Andytka3 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    Beautiful floral, refreshing orchid garden. Good weight with substance.
    Soft caramel (butterscotch?) and strawberry compote, with a refreshing
    grapefruit zest slit thru them seemlessly. Water drawn out nuttiness.

    Palate:- Poached berry fruits, citrusy and restrained sweetness, natural and gentle. Mellow and elegant. Balance. Finish:- Frizzy and soda dry entry. Medium length with dusting sugar
    coated nutmeg bitterness. Interesting oak spiciness develop slowly on
    the palate, chewy. Smooth.

    A very good 15YO dram, taste older and refine than it is.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. Alterjoe scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

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