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Review: Kilchoman, Winter 2010 Release

May 9th, 2011

Kilchoman, Winter 2010 Release, 46%, $63

Aged in both refill and new bourbon casks. The new bourbon casks are evident, and I think it adds richness, vibrancy, and perceived maturity (which I like) when compared to the previous Summer 2010 release. Very pale in color. Brooding, with licorice root, coal tar, bacon fat, damp peat, bright fruit (citrus and pear), and intriguing botanicals, all on a soothing bed of vanilla malt. Smoky, briny finish. I’m still amazed how this very young whisky can taste so mature. Well done!

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 87

8 Responses to “Review: Kilchoman, Winter 2010 Release”

  1. two-bit cowboy says:

    I heartily agree with your assessment on this one, John. Thanks for the review.

  2. Louis says:

    Any idea when this release will be hitting the shelves?

    • Sam Filmus says:

      Thank you John, for the review. It reflects the opinion of the majority of others who attended Ed Kohl’s and Anthony Wills’ tastings, as well as the people who stopped by our table at WhiskyFest in Chicago.

      Louis, the last case of Kilchoman 2010 Winter Release left our warehouse about a month ago. You can find it in various markets throughout the U.S. Let us know if you are looking in a specific area so we can hook you up with a distributor or retailer.

      The 2011 Spring Release will be arriving in the U.S. at the end of this month.

      At this time we’d like to thank everyone for showing such great support for Kilchoman.

  3. Scribe says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the summer release, based on the award you granted it earlier this year, John…thanks for the update on its newest sibling!

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  5. Jon says:

    I’m betting the great perceived relative maturity of this whisky I’ve heard about is due to perhaps a very high proportion of the whiskies being aged in small casks, although I could be wrong…I have no insider info regarding that…. just a logical theory. Cheers!

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