The young distillery on Islay has quite the following and hence there is something like the Kilchoman Club. And hence nice club releases. This is the 9th edition already, a vatting of 4 oloroso casks (548, 549, 550 & 551) that yielded just over 1300 bottles. Thanks to my whisky buddy and Kilchoman adept Pascal I was able to try it. Oh, by the way… this is reportedly unpeated!
Nice sweetness on the nose that supports the maritime traits. I double check, because I’m surprised this is unpeated. I suppose the pipes were uncleaned, for I get lovely peaty notes. Pine cones, chocolate, walnuts and honey with raisins, a hint of lime… this is all good.
Nicely oily on the palate with a good strength. Lots of earthy notes, if you know what I mean. Nicely spicy as well. Hay, raisins, apricots, stewed pear in front of the hearth. Again a peaty note. Lovely smoke development and I cannot shake the feeling it’s more than just woodsmoke. It works like a charm. This is good. A big salty note kicks in, underlining once more the maritime character of this Ileach.
Wonderfully long, piquant and dry finish.
The good stuff. Thanks for the sample, Pascal.