Kilchoman Original Cask Strength

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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
OCS 20.09.16 16/79
Added on
26 Sep 2016 6:42 am by cadillac
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 118.88

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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman Original Cask Strength

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.91 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. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Fascinating nose ... It's obvious to him that he has only 6 years on the clock. But in the squad of young smokers, he does his job quite well.
    • Nose
      A very special smoky note ... As if pine needles were burned with. Amazing. The concrete smell of pine needles disappears after a while, leaving behind a kräutrig-smoky fragrance. Something refreshing lemon, not too sweet.
    • Taste
      On the tongue he goes forward with cold smoke neatly. Dry from the beginning, lemon drops, herbs, bitter honey. Reminds with his smoke / lemon combination partly to a young Ardbeg.
    • Finish
      Medium long, still strongly smoky, dry, roasted lemon slices.

  4. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very nice peaty smoke for starters. Spices and a sweet fruit with a touch of vanilla.
    • Taste
      Spices and peat just before the alcohol attaque and a taste of wood. Sweet fruit, caramel and a pinch of salt on top.
    • Finish
      Long finish where the wood and the pinch of salt keep hanging around.

  5. 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[-]

  6. Arquebus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Note from kilchoman distillery website:

    It's a wet and windy day here on Islay but we hope to brighten the mood by announcing our second limited edition release of the Original Cask Strength expression. Bottled in 2014, the first edition was matured entirely in ex bourbon barrels, this, the second edition, has been matured for over six years in quarter casks and bottled at cask strength (56.9%).

    Roughly a quarter the size of a 500 litre butt, Quarter Casks allow for increased whisky to wood contact within the barrel compared to larger conventional cask types.  This increased wood contact creates pronounced caramel and vanilla character in this expression. The combination of these smaller casks and the fruity, peat smoked Kilchoman spirit is remarkable.

    95 quarter casks were vatted to produce just over 12,000 bottles of this limited edition at natural cask strength of 56.9%.....

  7. Bene37 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: fruity sweetness and perfume, cold smoke, light fruits (grapes, green apples, a pear, some pineapple and kiwi), vanilla and a bit of musty autumnal (wet leaves)

    Palate: strong start, vanilla sweetness, ash and cold smoke, light fruits (grapes, green apples, a pear, some pineapple and kiwi), perfume note, milk chocolate and a splash of citrus

    Finish: medium-long, dry, ash, vanilla sweetness, light fruits, a dash of citrus

    Evaluation: the nose is still lovely and restrained, but on the palate it goes straight to the limit. An all-round successful Islay whisky that puts a lot of pressure on: smoke, ash, vanilla, light fruits, a dash of citrus. I like!
    89/100 or 8/10

  8. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A simple but drinkable bourbon barrel Kilchoman, the Kilchoman character comes through well
    • Nose
      slight sweetness, vanilla, cinnamon, spicy smoke, quite simple, a little apple
    • Taste
      sweet, vanilla, good start, intense, sweet and creamy, then the cinnamon smoke, straightforward but delicious
    • Finish
      the cinnamon really hits, vanilla, creamy mouthfeel, ashy smoke, long-lasting

  9. etwa77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I have quite recently gone smitten with Kilchoman’s output and character variations among different editions.. their combination of vigorous malt, sweet smoke and quality cask is a joy to discover and retrace..

    and here, it is the nose that is most gorgeous and totally Kilchoman-esque.. sweet barley sugar, smoke, ash and burnt caramel that’s just a bit salty.. on the tongue, the alcohol is well behaved, but the other aromas aren’t.. a wild, all over the place mix of dry, bitter, salty cheese, lemons and spice that’s like the naughty, little brother of a recent Laphroaig 10 CS.. finishing early along spicy-sour lines.

    a very nice 5 cl visit that was just a lovely moment.. thanks to my benefactor!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86


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