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Kilchoman Spring 2010 Release

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Kilchoman Spring 2010 Release

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  • Brand: Kilchoman
  • Bottler: Unknown
  • ABV: 46.0%
  • Age: 3 year old

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Kilchoman Spring 2010 Release

One recent Christmas, Santa Claus brought Pam a bottle of Kilchoman. That darn Santa, he's pretty damn smart, knowing how much she loves her peated scotches! This one is their vintage Spring 2010 release. It was aged for 3 years in bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace, then 3 1/2 months in oloroso sherry butts.

The colour is a pale, cloudy yellow. On the nose we have fresh lemon curd anchored by peat smoke, eucalyptus, light vanilla and a curious note of buttermilk. There are all sorts of savoury aromas here that you might not associate with a young Islay malt: freshly baked scalloped potatoes, balsamic vinaigrette, golden raisins and buttered brioche. It's like a bakery in here! And with a drop of water, all of this gets amped right up. This is an incredible nose, one of the most unique I've ever come across.

On the palate the peat takes over, but underneath that those cereal and lemon notes carry through. However, we're missing a reflection of those meaty, savoury flavours that are present in the aroma. Lots of spice and sharp herbs (mint, fennel seed) with a slightly oily mouthfeel. A hint of Mackintosh toffee. When you add water, you not only get more mint and spice, but some of that earlier meatiness starts to show through. Absolutely delicious and full of surprises.

The finish is surprisingly short with more lemon, heather and that eucalyptus. After a nose like that, I guess it's inevitable that the follow-through would be a bit of a letdown. It's still delicious, bracing stuff that fellow peat-heads will be all over. But that nose.....wow....that nose....


This Spring 2010 expression matured on ex-bourbon casks from Buffalo Trace for 3 years, before getting a finish of 3 months in hyperactive oloroso sherry casks (it's got the the color to prove it). Then it was vatted with 4 Year Old refill bourbon casks before being cut to the drinking strength of 46% ABV.

The nose immediately takes you to the farm. Cow hide, peat, lime, woodsmoke and warm, dark fruit. A hint of caramel and candid sugar, but also a bit of lamp oil.

It's very creamy and fruity on the palate. Very peaty, indeed. But also very sweet. Toffee and olive oil. A battle of salt againt sweet - but sweet prevails.

The finish is a long, warm, intense mixture of sweet peat and sherry. Marvelous.

This is a very appealing, fruity Kilchoman, that hides its young age well. Contrary to Oil of Olaz, where one tries to look younger, this dram succeeds in masking its young age and appear much more mature. Oil of Islay, anyone?

"Oil of Islay" = best whisky pun ever!

My favourite of the kilchoman releases by a long way, the 3 months in sherry worked wonders. Looking forward to the full sherried CS version later this year.


The nose offered hair spray, fresh rain, butter, and pepperjack cheese. There also were hints of asparagus, cedar, freshly varnished gym floor, BBQ, diesel fuel, and a new can of tennis balls. The palate was nice, but less complex: leather, old books, carpet samples, rust, pipe tobacco, and pine nuts. The finish was light, peppery on the back of the tongue, warm, and long-lasting.

Spring 2009 release does not exist. it is 2010.

compared to the Automan rel?


nose:Wow.I love the nose on young islays and this one is great.The bourbon and sherry influence hits you straight away giving a richness which i wasnt expecting, with it being so young.Theres the unmistakable peat smoke blast which you would expect with islays and also a very alluring fruityness and sweetness.

palate:Delicious.Doesnt stray from the nose in any way which is remarkable,toffee and marzipan sweetness,fruity freshness,sherry and bourboun richness,smoky,oily medicenal notes.Its like having a cocktail of young,laphroaig,arbeg,caol ila,and laga 16.


comment:absolutley love this,easily my favourite young islay,reccomend it to any islay fan but be quick.I wanna give give it a ten but wont...maybe the 4 year old though,cant wait.

Spring release 2009 does not exist. It is 2010.

Yeah 2010, i must have been all excited at the time, you know how it is. God help me when my brora 2007 comes later today, im gonna need a name badge mate......

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