I don’t really know how they do it, but Kilchoman really does well as a young whisky. At 5 or 6 years old it’s got a character and complexity that most malts takes years to master.
What really interested me though was, what would this whisky taste like when it’s slightly older? 9, 10 or 12 years old and further? Well, we are just starting to get those questions answered and the future looks bright.
I’ve never tried any Kilchoman official single casks, so when the opportunity came up while I was working at Whisky in Leiden in the Netherlands, I jumped on it. Many thanks for Hans Bresser for the samples and generally being awesome!
Nose: Cakey and vanilla-y, raisin, some black cherry, cherry desert sauce on vanilla cheesecake maybe? You get the picture. Very little of the smoke or malt.
Unfortunately, it’s sulphury with water, in a bad way.
Taste: Big black cherry, building spice and slightly sulphury rubber. Not such a good cask methinks.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Back to lovely black cherry.
Distilled 22/09/2011, bottled 14/11/2016 from an Oloroso Sherry cask. Ah damn. The finish is lovely but the sulphur kind of got in the way here. Was hoping it would open up more but never did.
Nose: A classy, classic Kilchoman. Balanced and complex with minerality, malty, fruity with melon and an amazing lime note.
Taste: Huge and integrated. A BIG whisky, but really balanced. Big mineral notes, wet slate, crushed rocks, chalky, lime citrus again. Salty with water.
Finish: Long! length. Really blows up, BIG big mineral notes really kick up, big smoke and lots of malty malt.
Bourbon Barrel 42, distilled 21/02/2007, bottled 20/06/2016 as an exclusive. Wow. Really dig these really big but balanced whiskies. Well selected Hans!
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Network Average: 74.4
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 44
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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