In May 2017 I had the good fortune to taste a cask strength sample from one of the casks that was to become part of this new Kilchoman 2009 Vintage Release. After several months in the marrying tun, the whisky was cut to 46%. It is a mix of both bourbon and oloroso sherry casks.
The nose is creamy and sweet, offering the best of both bourbon and oloroso sherry casks. Think citrus and peat with a salty edge, but with a lovely sweet base of brown sugar and toffee.
It is surprisingly gentle on the palate with peat up front and ripe fruit in the back. Very clean too. The smoke develops softly at first, but then grows with each moment that passes with the malt in your mouth.
The finish is quite long. Clean on sweet peat, without losing its fruitiness.
Another beautiful Kilchoman, despite being only 8 years old. Sure, it does not come close to the cask sample that I tried, but that was to be expected. Apples and pears… right? Around 65 EUR. I think it’s more than worth it.