Review: Kilchoman “Inaugural Release” whiskyOctober 12th, 2009
The distillery sent me a review sample which I received on Friday. I wasted no time tasting it. I first wrote about this whisky here in July. This whisky was released in September and sold out very quickly, but maybe if you look a little harder, and twist a few arms, you still might find a bottle somewhere? (I’m still looking for one myself! My 50 ml sample did not last very long.)
Kilchoman, “Inaugural Release”, 46%, £37.00
Aged 2.5-3 years on bourbon casks and then finished in sherry casks for 6 months. Wow, this is quite stunning! Old-fashioned in many respects: oily texture, with rooty, layered peat smoke, coal tar, shoe polish, and hints of wet sheep as the foundation for a complex array of additional flavors: toffee apple, caramel fudge, blackberry jam, golden raisin, grist, bourbon barrel char, and licorice root. Long, smoldering ember, dried herb, light toffee finish. It’s all balanced perfectly, and very mature for its age. If you like smoky whiskies, track one down. (Not available in the U.S.)
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 92
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