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Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release

The Very Last of a Lemony Kilchoman

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

17th Jan 2020


Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release
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I realized that I had neglected to review this bottle that I got Pam a couple of years ago - and it's the last dram in a bottle that's been open for quite a while. So let's see how it holds up...

This is (was) only the fourth whisky that Kilchoman ever released, a three year old matured in ex-bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace.

The colour is a cloudy pale yellow. On the nose we have lots of lemon, grapefruit zest, massive peat smoke, iodine, heather, green apple skins and hay. My word, I think there's a fire starting in the barn over yonder!

On the palate the lemon gets behind the iodine and peat smoke, which takes centre stage. More grapefruit, more brine and definitely more medicinal. Oily mouthfeel. Tasty and totally in my wheelhouse, but could use a bit more complexity.

The finish is long and smoky with lemon drops, cloves and white pepper. Maybe it's been the last of an open bottle for too long, as it's a bit flabby, though as always I appreciate the peat and citrus dialogue. Not quite as strong as the Spring 2010 release I reviewed a few years ago.

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