From a sample left over from a Harveys tasting in May: https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/harveys-brewery-hosts-kilchoman/
Given i was driving, i took a few back home.N: Blind, would i guess this was 100% oloroso matured? - no. Its the clean, smoked barley with an equal mineral=vegetal quality that talks. Peat & youth work so well together dont they, so its puzzling why more non-peated NAS whiskies dont throw in at least a few ppm - old styley. Then again, it would mess up their production of whisky destined for blends. Descriptors then: a little gammon, bacon crisps [not Frazzles, potato chips], paprika-smoked baked potatoes, salad leaves, rubber bouncy balls, cap guns,….. Not hugely complicated but certainly competent & colourful. Put simply, it works.
T: Vegetal-sweet=savoury barley & peat doing their thing, the sherry casks softening everything as to make this 7yo super-palatable even neat. Its when you’ve let a few sips go down that the oloroso clearly stands out agains the savoury-smoky backdrop. Once into the development the bacon and [now tomato &] smoked paprika crisps cement the profile, a lot of that coming from the cask influence - clever!.
F: More bacon crisps, the hammy smoke lingering. A little ashy burned sage to finish.
C: Very clever indeed. Would you look at that, same score for this three times in a row! - speaks of continued consistency from Kilchoman.Scores a B[-]