A youngster from Kilchoman - Don’t know the age, but boy I wish I did sigh. All I know is it’s obviously young, and typically you just want the assurances that you aren’t messing around with jailbait, amiright?
Nose: Delicious farmy style peat - hay, fresh cut grass, citrus sweetness. Palate: Vanilla, grassy peat, hint of new make but not in a bad way, peppercorns...slight hint of some lighter fruits, maybe grapes but I can’t figure it out... Can’t wait until this stuff gets older.... and would love to see an age statement on it ... right Kilchoman? *nudge nudge
This one has been a longtime favorite. I actually liked it better than most of the others in the line up - definitely liked it more than the Sanaig, the red wine finishes of late, and the 5th and 6th editions of the 100% Islay. Nice to see the standard offering boast this level of quality.
@Mackstine, does "young" = "immature" to you? If so, I can understand why you wish that Kilchoman Machir Bay were older, but not 1) that it has been for you "a long-time favourite", 2) nor why you would remark that it is "Nice to see the standard offering boast this level of quality.", nor 3) why you would rate the whisky at 87 points, a very respectable "mature-whisky" score.
As for Machir Bay, it is a whisky which I like very much myself. I would never insult it by describing it as "young" though because it is for me fully mature. As described in the heading of the discussion "YOUNG whisky?" I find the word "young" with respect to whisky to be ambiguous and misleading at best.
Hi Victor, no, I do not equate young with immature, nor do I consider it an insult to the whisky. I think a good distiller who has access to high quality wood can make “mature” whisky at a young age, and I’m of the opinion that if they can do so well with a young whisky, certainly an older version would also likely be very good (not always, but one can hope for such things given that the distiller exhibits what appears to be good habits).
Having said that, I must admit I had not read your post prior to making this review and I must say that I do agree with it. Thanks for your comments, I think it is worthwhile to give that style of description of thought before I post the next review. Slainte