Sunday 16 December 2018

Kilchoman Sauternes Finish, Rum Finish & Machir Bay Cask Strength Reviews

Hi everyone,

Kilchoman have been putting out some new whiskies that I’ve been trying to try as I’m quite a big fan of the distillery and what they put out.
So I’ve got some small batch stuff they released this year for your enjoyment and salivation.

Kilchoman Sauternes Finish 50%
Colour: Yellow-y Gold
Body: Full
Nose: Classically Kilchoman, smoky and sweet, slightly sugary, white sugar, stone fruit, fresh plum, a little funky and sugary candies, Mezcal.
Taste: Mineral arrival, then soft with sea salt and lime, little actual smoke, creamy sweetness, then more minerals come in with lots of smoke.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Peaty and mineral, the smoke really takes over, very little sweetness by this point.
The latest of the Kilchoman small batch releases and unusual in that it’s a finish rather than a full maturation as all the others have been. Nice but doesn't quite pull off the smoke and sweetness together. Here it’s one or the other.
Kilchoman Small Batch Rum Finish 56.2%
Colour: Gold
Body: Full
Nose: Oh so fruity, fresh fruit and peat smoke, kiwi, lime juice and cigarette smoke, PUB LIFE memories, complete with sticky floors, literally smells like a night out. Nougart candy note and banana now too.
Taste: Soft arrival, great transition into white sugar, kiwi, tropical and smoky, quite soft for cask strength, the classic mineral notes coming in now.
Finish: Short/Medium length. More smoke kicks up here, more mineral, some hard candy- candy cane.
4 casks, 2x 2011 & 2x 2012 bottled in late 2018 for the German market. Great unique nose but the taste is a bit out of kilter and lacking some staying power. Was quite excited by this as I hadn’t seen any other Kilchoman from Rum casks… Hypefully (intentional spelling) more of this to come.
Kilchoman Machir Bay Cask Strength 59.8%
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Full
Nose: Very smoky, very mineral, very intense, cutting lemon citrus and creamy vanilla.
Water: Opens up with time, more creamy biscuit and vanilla blending with the smoke. More citrus and lemon too.
Taste: BIG, malty, lemon juice, mineral notes building. Powerful but lacking in the complexity department.
Water: Tequila, lime, sugar and salt, smoke. Better balanced and opens up.
Finish: Short length. Creamy with vanilla and biscuit and some smoke but it’s gone far too quick.
I preferred the normal Machir Bay I tried back in 2014. This was released as part of the European Tour 2018.

Thanks for reading!

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