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Kilchoman's Machir Bay, released in 2012, is made up of 60% 3 year old, 35% 4 year old and 5% 5 year old whisky. First in bourbon barrels and after vatted, finished in Oloroso butts for 2 months.
I have to say that the young age does show, and not in a good way. Kilchoman Machir Bay gives you a good start with it's eccentric nose but after that it leaves flat.
Kilchoman Machir Bay 2012 is definitely like the movie Young Guns. It has potential but not enough character or uncut talent. An OK dram.
Nose: Salty smoke and sweet malt at first. After a while it turns into sharp vinegar and lemons. Very interesting.
Taste: Oaky and dry with spices. There's a nice mix of spice and peat with something that's bittersweet but then again, that's pretty much it. Hints of smoke are there but for my taste and in this case, not smoky enough.
Finish: Very long and salty but tangy without character. Even the smokiness seems to disappear.
Balance: Lack of smoke is bit of a disappointment and even the peatiness fades away. I guess I'm being harsh when looking at my score, which is not bad. I was just expecting more when it comes to the smoke. Some say this one's complex but I didn't find complexity.