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Kilchoman have just released their Kilchoman Club Second Edition, a small batch release of 2,000 bottles. It was distilled in October 2008, so is 5 years old at bottling, and has been bottled at a cask strength of 58.2%.
It's a deep golden amber in colour and on the nose offers pineapple, ripe bananas and a hint of peat carried on a wave of creamy vanilla. It's full-bodied, and in the mouth delivers butterscotch, toffee, then toffee apples as drier, less sweet notes come through, and the addition of a drop of water brings out more of the peat and a touch of peanut brittle. The finish is long, smokey and dry, with just a grace note of red fruit, in particular sour cherries.
I was looking forward to this, and I'm not disappointed. It's a lovely whisky that keeps you coming back to discover more, and shows again why it's always worth checking out whatever Kilchoman release.