Kilchoman Original Cask Strength

Overall rating
85.91/100
votes
238
Whiskybase ID
WB87160
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Quarter Cask Matured
Vintage
2010
Bottled
20.09.2016
Stated Age
06 years old
Casktype
Quarter Casks
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
56.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
OCS 20.09.16 16/79
Barcode
5060210700591
Added on
26 sep 2016 6:42 am by cadillac
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 139.66

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Whisky reviews for Kilchoman Original Cask Strength

35 users have left 42 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.91 points.

  1. 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

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  3. VEF206 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. TimkoT scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  5. thebonewolf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Mossy, birchy, smoke, tobacco, a bit seafood.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Musty, smoke, oak, tar/industrial, pepper.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Musty, toast, coffee, cigar/ash. Decently long.

  6. Bene37 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Willum scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. spnimcco scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The Quater Cask has made it even more sweet than its predecessor

  12. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Islay Festival 2020-Dram, (virtual) Kilchoman Open Day.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  13. nallacam scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • 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.

  15. mema82 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Gerhans scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.

  19. 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

  20. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  21. 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.

  22. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  23. 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.

  24. Islay freak scored this whisky 76 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      69 69
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      80 80

  25. Islay freak scored this whisky 76 points Member Junior

    A nice whisky, alcohol is a bit overpowering so adding just a drop of water brings out the subtle flavours.
    • Nose
      An automatic smell quite sweet fruity, citrus and vanilla. And of course a strong smokey peat.
    • Taste
      Potent strong taste 
    • Finish
      A strong barley taste on the sides of the tongue

  26. squaadgras scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  27. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  28. 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.

  29. Zoltavar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  30. Arquebus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The last of four Kilchoman bottles on the go - (Madeira 95pts, Sauternes 93pts, Machir Bay 2015 Landrover Tour 92pts) . This one was opened last October and has opened up nicely. More Austere, and drier than the other bottlings (well hello! - no prizes for this observation as they're all sweet wine casks). For me - the least of the four - but this is marginal and I do have a sweet taste - so purely personal. I find the smoke a little more astringent, more coal tar, edgy, oak and spice is more prominent.

    Kilchoman is one of my favourite distilleries.

    90pts from me

  31. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blog
    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[-]

  32. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  33. Falnor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  34. Dyno scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  35. fradin11 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Daan Tje scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  37. pianoman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Blind Tasting
    • Nose
      Lagerfeuerrauch. Heiße Zitrone mit Honig. Etwas Salz, neues Leder, süßlicher Tabak. Jägerzaun.
    • Taste
      Scharfer Grillrauch und Holzlack. Dann etwas süßer. Honig, helle Trauben, Banane. Zigarrenasche.

  38. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    really benefits from being open a few weeks.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  39. Arquebus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    On first tasting, great nose with Kilchoman bubblegum notes, sweet smoke and a spirity black pepper nip. Lightly phenolic - coal tar, iodine - more Phroaigy than Homey. Taste without water is sweet, - then bitter sweet with a dry bitter finish that lingers, coal smoke hits the palate with a whoosh of chilli / black pepper spice and heat. Bitter bite and a savoury dry/ sweet liquoricy long finish with more smoke and phenols.

    ....hmmnnnn? Against the Madeira Cask and a recent PX Single, I was a little disappointed with this one at first. There's a great match in top quality sweeter sherry/ fortified wine casks that mixes beautifully with the young smokey Kilchoman spirit. 

    However on second tasting, I prefer this one with water, which is unusual for me - this will take just under half water to spirit, bringing it down to 40-45%. This tames some of the heat and brings out some nice pear notes, damp wood, maybe some citrus (lime) - a savoury maltiness like smelling the bottom of a pint of decent lager (the morning after!) It still has black pepper and chilli on the nose and it still has a dry/ bitter edge amid the sweetness: I think I could get used to this. I'm stuck between 89&90 points....

    Plenty of time to decide!  

  40. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  41. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A nice mouth filling whisky. The nose starts off with quite a pungent alcohol that is close to irritating my nose. But this fades quick enough. The nose suggest a full on peated powerhouse but on the palate it is quite balanced and sweet. A wee drop of water bring the peat and smoke more to the foreground.
    All in all another quality dram by Kilchoman.
    • Nose
      A powerful, intense, rich and slightly pungent whisky with aromas of sweet smoke, subtle medicinal tones (tar, iodine, camphor), BBQ smoked beef, pear drops, honey, pear, apple, butter, beeswax, extra vierge olive oil, furniture wax, salty sea breeze, coumarin, vanilla, maple syrup, grassy tones, floral tones, subtle spices (mainly ginger and white pepper), a hint of yellow prunes and creamy oak.
    • Taste
      A powerful, rich, sweet and full whisky with aromas of sweet smoke, subtle medicinal tones (iodine, tar, railway sleepers), pepper, chili, honey, floral tones, coumarin, stable air, slightly salty, butter, wax, camphor, maple syrup, sweet spices (cinnamon, ginger, sweet clove), salted caramel, floral tones (now more distinct buttercups), earthy tones and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      A long juicy and sweet finish with aromas of honey, sweet smoke, coumarin, sweet spices, hint of cocoa powder, fresh fruits and creamy oak.

  42. 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%.....

  43. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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