Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
46.0 % Vol.
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Bottle code
SAN 1/2/17 17/02
Added on
21 Mar 2017 3:40 pm by Igor

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€ 51,60

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Whisky Reviews for Kilchoman Sanaig

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.26 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2018]  I am not a fan of "underaged" whisky at all and so I am not a fan of Kilchoman so far (maybe this will change once the Kilchoman whisky gets adult).  Nevertheless I try it out of curiosity to follow the development of such an interesting distillery from time to time...

    The colour is deep copper and the texture shows a good oiliness of fat tears and slow legs.  The nose offers a herbal-driven profile with maritime peaty and some nutty aromas.  Not too bad for such a young dram.  It arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate with some minor peppery moments.  The taste is sweeter than the nose on barley sugars and some fruits (berries).  There are a lot of spices in there (curry powder, nutmeg, salt) and a little tobacco flavour.  The finish is of medium length and dries out (cold ashes, metals) that I do not really like in this context.  Some water releases more aromas in the nose but it flattens the taste, unfortunately.  I like the neat dram better.

    This for sure is one of the better young NAS whiskies that I tried so far.  It shows a fine character already and I can imagine that Kilchoman might develop a complex and interesting profile once it matured for 18 years or more...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, lemon, peat iodine, a little lemon, peach and a little earth on strong spices!
    • Nose
      peat, lemon, all sweet enough!
      spices, vanilla, cold ashes, fairly monolithic.

  3. Pyromann scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Interesting whisky even if it is NAS. Intense in the mouth, combines sweetness and saltiness, adds some smoke- or pepper-realated roughness. Intense, memorable dram.
    • Nose
      Saltiness, chocolate sweetness - interesting combination on the nose
    • Taste
      Intense in the mouth, salty on the one hand, sweet on the other. Chocolate, overripe fruit. All that is cut in half by smoky sharpness and peppery notes
    • Finish
      Sharp, smoky and peppery

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    A young, intense and very neat malt;
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      aromatic smoke, fruity (citrus and dark fruits), sherry;
    • Taste
      powerfully fruity onset; aromatic smoke, dark fruit, sherry, sweetness, caramel, still young;
    • Finish
      medium length, fruity and smoky; Resonance: smoke, peppery spice!

  5. coldsun scored this whisky 62 points Expert Senior

    I know that tasting notes depends on mood ans state of mind. May be that is why this whisky disappointed me a little and I expected more. All the elements of peat and sherry go through the flavor, taste and finish without any complexity... But I am ready to give it a chance and may be change my mind.
    • Nose
      77 77
      Delicate and smooth. Perfect and balanced mix of peaty smoke and sherry vine with hints of sweet stewed fruits.
    • Taste
      60 60
      Pleasant peat and sherry. A little bit dry with hints of sweet stewed and dried fruits. I my opinion it cold be bolder and richer.
    • Finish
      50 50
      Peaty smoke, sherry vine and grapes. A little bit plain and not so long.

  6. Glenjasper scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. wako93 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    First sweet with a nice bacon smoky note. Departure quite sharp and medium length.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  8. Macheye scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Despite the utilisation of sherry casks, Kilchoman Sanaig remains a particularly coastal whisky. There’s certainly a fair amount of sweetness here, but this is played off against some sharp mineral aromas and flavours, making for a balanced and well integrated expression. Those searching for big overt sherry-driven flavours from Kilchoman should probably focus on either Loch Gorm or on one of the distillery’s single cask releases. Sanaig offers more gradation – its vatting of casks creating an expression where the sherry influence is supporting the wider array of spirit and peat flavours, rather than taking charge.

    • Nose
      Initially sweet, fruity and only moderately peated - this benefits from a little time in the glass. Cinnamon apples, gentle toffee and coffee grounds mingle with minerality (wet slate) and demi-coastal peat. A little resting reveals slightly more tropical aromas of pineapple. The smoke is an interesting mix of in-land burnt wood, coastal salinity and seaweed, and straight up medicinal – it’s relatively restrained compared to many other young Islay whiskies (including from this distillery). In the background, cinnamon, nutmeg and earthiness – all of which are heightened through resting. The addition of water really amplifies the brininess of this whisky – salt, rook pools and beech pebbles. It also adds in some smoked chilli pepper.
    • Taste
      Quite mineral and spicy on the arrival – salt, granite and pepperiness. Then, sweetness – toffee apples, caramel and mocha. An interesting juxtaposition. Running throughout is mineral/medicinal peat smoke – coal dust, brine and very slight TCP. In the mid to back palate there are some nuances – tanned leather, marzipan and citrus. Reducing this whisky has a quite interesting effect on its texture – it takes on a character of syrupy sea water – very mineral and quite citric.
    • Finish
      Medium in length with salty lemons, and dry, ashy smoke.

  9. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. davidloosli scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Peat, sweetness, dry smoke, fresh mint, melon, earthy
    • Taste
      Sherrysweetness, smoke, dryness
    • Finish
      Austere smoke, light bitternote that gets stronger over time, coffee, light sweetness in the background


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