I never tasted the old version, so I don’t have a reference point I’m afraid but I managed to get a sample at a recent show and then tasted it at home.
Kilchoman Port 2018 50%
Colour: Pinkish Amber
Nose: Similar style to the Madeira actually. This meaty blackberry note hits first, plum, some smoked blueberry (if that's a thing), vanilla ice cream, toasted marshmallow, not a huge amount of smoke here either. Autumnal wet leaves and Turkish Delight. There's some chalk and rubber a bit out of place.
Taste: Soft and sweet, lots of vanilla, blackberry, blueberry then big mineral smoky Kilchoman beast, again really reminds me of the Madeira with this ashy meaty fruit, plum, cola bottles, mulled wine with cinnamon, some slightly acrid burnt rubber into the finish.
Finish: Long length. Juicy first with juicy blackcurrant, some spice and smoke staying with late chocolate.
2014-2018. As with the Madeira or the Longrow Red's, I'm in two minds about this one. On the one hand it’s a great fruity smoky beast, on the other it’s never quite in balance.
How about another Kilchoman from some random part of the world? (This is DWR after all!)
Kilchoman 2012 Single Cask PX Finish for The Malt Vault 57%
Nose: Sweety shop nose, ashy smoke, orange and a herbal Mezcal note (been tasting some Mezcal recently so it’s cool to find in a whisky), cherry sweets.
Taste: Soft, sweet and spicy. Mineral, heavy smoke, black pepper, honey and raisin, malt, a Mezcal note here too which is cool.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Very soft, mineral smoke, cherry.
2012-2018, a PX finished single cask for the Malt Vault in Utretch, Netherlands. One of the older PX finished Kilchomans I’ve seen. The sweetness is dampening the complexity in my opinion though.
Average Score: 78.6
Distillery Ranking: 15th/ 60 places
Up/Down: 16>15 (Up 1)
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