Review: Kilchoman (Spring 2011 release)July 26th, 2011
And still more Islay reviews. I put this side-by-side with Laphroaig Cairdeas, and this particular Kilchoman tastes as mature as the Cairdeas (if not more) and, at what? Half the age? Plenty of flavors too! Great stuff coming out of Kilchoman. (Of course, some of you will naturally disagree. What is it with Islay whiskies and people being so opinionated? Must be the passion for the whisky.)
A marriage of three and four year old whisky aged in first-fill bourbon barrels, with the four year old portion being finished in oloroso sherry casks. Among the best of the Kilchoman releases to date. The first-fill bourbon packs a flavor punch, while the sherry softens, rounds, and adds complexity. Barrel char, burnt raisin, boat dock, and tarry rope, softened by caramel and enhanced with notes of tropical fruit. Surprisingly mature for its age and very distinctive. — John Hansell
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 89
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