Kilchoman Original Cask Strength

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Quarter Cask Matured
Stated Age
06 years old
Quarter Casks
Number of bottles
56.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
26 Sep 2016 6:42 am by cadillac
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 97,10

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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman Original Cask Strength

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.72 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Although I'm not necessarily a lover of smoky malt with ashes and burnt wood notes, I have to admit that Kilchoman fascinates and excites me more and more. The combination of the flavors make this malt a taste experience! Yummy, I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Even when removing the parafilm, the first intense smoke aromas are noticeable! After pouring burnt wood flavors and fly ash exude their intense aroma, a surprisingly sweet fruit touch penetrates through the smoky peat. Apricots mix with dark caramel, but the smoky and burnt wood aromas are dominant in the foreground. Slightly salty, the peat is pervaded by fried bacon, citrus flavors and fresh peppermint provide variety. Suddenly the Kilchoman burns off a veritable firework of flavors! Ash, peat, smoke, burned wood, bacon, peppermint, citrus fruits, caramel, apricots, burnt sugar, honey, chocolate. My stinkers dance Pogo ... ;-)
    • Taste
      Powerfully, the palate fills with cold smoke and ash at the first sip. The burned wood elements are slowly being traversed by dark fruit flavors, as well as sour citrus flavors come to light. Spicy wood tones and salty hints follow, dark forest honey turns into sweet caramel. After the second sip, a salt mantle lays around the tongue, ash and smoke hit the palate. Sweet elements mingle with acidic citrus fruits, the burnt wood tones become tart and saltier. Again shows burned sugar or honey, creamy and oily spread meadow herbs in the palate. Not only in the nose but also in taste Kilchoman burns a true fireworks.
    • Finish
      The taste is getting more and more oily and creamy. The smoke billowing impressively through the mouth even in the end. Sweet hints and slightly greasy aromas make the aftertaste appear a bit sweeter and not so brutal. From the meadow herbs grows again a fresh mint note with hints of citrus and walnut flavor.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I like him indeed
    From the nose to the finish absolutely harmonious and conclusive, a good tension
    • Nose
      barely poured is already the Kilchomanische cold wood and cigar ash in the glass, apricot jelly mixes gradually, sweetish grains, fresh herbs, Waldmeister note, slightly spicy wort develops in the glass, the notes mix well and reinvent themselves, smooth, cool & fresh, dry crumbly peat - the Kilchomanian cold wood and cigar ashes are always present
    • Taste
      Appear cool, yellow, smooth and fresh, the ashtray also fills your mouth, it glows, apricot jelly in ashes, herbs and sweet cereal mix to a glowing delicious experience, while cooling remains apricot jelly on your throat the ash settles on it, very beautiful
    • Finish
      long Chocolate powder & apricot jelly warm ash that tastes of wood and cigar

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Lastly we return back to 100% bourbon, matured for 6 years in quarter casks and bottled at strength.
    N: Sweaty salt ’n’ vinegar crisps, vegetal, leather, vanilla, wine gums, custard & creams. Generally, really pungent.
    T: Pungent almost umami aromas, big on aromatic spices, fruity, savoury, woody resins,…. the peat tickling round the edges.
    F: Dry fruits and resinous waxy peatiness - the peat is always there but its the bourbon-y spirit that leads.
    C: On the palate especially, it is very similar to the 100% islay, but the abv along with other factors [grain/maltings], making up the difference. For me the best here tonight, on par with the Loch Gorm but for very different reasons

    Scores a B[-]

  4. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Peat, smoky, hay, salt, lemon, green apple, little tropical yellow fruit
    • Taste
      Light salmiak (salt, laurel, mint) and oil character. Full. Sweet fruit (a bit of banana) and intensely sweet as caramel? Peat. Nicely balanced and round. The Kilchoman character benefits well from the high ABV.
    • Finish
      Tasty and satisfying. Peaty apple, hay.

  5. malthead-sven scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I like the whole thing really well and I do not have to hide from some single casks. The (good) spirit of Kilchoman dominates here, beautiful rambunctious smoker
    • Nose
      clear, smoky first impression, typical Kilchoman, but also malty sweetness, icing, dusty rubble heap, green olives, fuse, burned fireworks, kitchen herbs, cream liqueur, young light softwood
    • Taste
      crunchy, crowded, licorice sticks, lots of smoke, lemons, something is youth to taste, oats
    • Finish
      Impressively long for his age, warm throat with liquorice, something like sambuka, cold smoke and dirty scrap metal

  6. mema82 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. The Macallan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A great whisky from a fantastic small distillery, a clean spirit
    • Nose
      Smokey, floral, sweet and very clean
    • Taste
      Sweet, smokey, tasty
    • Finish
      Warm, long, and a smokey finish in the back

  8. Gerhans scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Holy ****. This is the kind of dram that makes you cuss and swear, because boy oh boy the nose is a kick in the teeth, and that's not just because of the ABV. However, if you give yourself some time to adjust to this dram and appreciate it for what it is, namely a quarter cask "farm style" Islay, then you'll be thoroughly impressed by the actual sweetness and "pure" grassy and oaky tones that are present behind the initial extremes. I really enjoy this whisky and it gets better with every dram I pour.
    • Nose
      Peat reek, brine, and a pungent ABV. There's some vanilla, some cut grass, some floral notes, and after a while a bbq sweetness covers the smoke. Very complex, very Islay, very powerful. This is as Islay as it gets and quite frankly it smells like a farmhouse. 
    • Taste
      The taste is a little less extreme than the nose, but still it's really powerful. The peaty tar/iodine notes are definitely there but tastewise, this dram just oozes sweet smoke. Further on, some chili and pepper come through bringing a waxy, almost buttery texture. This is complemented by a salted caramel tone and some spicy oakiness (some off-note spices as well, like gloves and cinnamon). 
    • Finish
      The finish is juicy and thick. Loads of spice come through on the finish, covered in a creamy caramel/vanilla sweetness. Sweet smoked fruits are on the back-end but they linger on and on.

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Flnik peat and wood fire smoke, rubber, some diesel too. Also fruity, citrus, and spicy. Then again sweet, vanilla
    • Taste
      Salmiakkick, lakrisal. Flink peppers, licorice, chocolate. Firm and full, honey, caramel, smoke
    • Finish
      Light pepper, lakrisal, liquorice, ash, smoke, dry, quite long, also a bit bitter. Also sweet, honey and vanilla.


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