Kilchoman Machir Bay

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Ex-Bourbon Barrels & Oloroso Sherry Butts
46.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Added on
05 Sep 2016 5:32 pm by RoyC

Average value

€ 49.49

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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman Machir Bay

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.45 points

  1. 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

  2. Gous scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  3. 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+

  4. 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.

  5. Gweddry scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • 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

  6. 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.

  7. Teomarg scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. claymore84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 05-28-2020.

  9. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.


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