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Whisky Advocate Award: Islay Single Malt of the Year

December 19th, 2013

Kilchoman 2007, 46%, $80

2007 Kilchoman VintageThis was a strong year—again—for Islay, with every distillery releasing sublime single malts, which made this decision an incredibly hard one. It ultimately came down to a choice between Bowmore’s The Devil’s Casks, a mentally wonderful sherried 10 year old which must now become a regular release (please?), and Kilchoman, with the latter shading it.

Why? Because here was a whisky which not only showed the difference between age and maturity, but was the first demonstration of a distillery itself reaching maturity, quicker than anyone might have imagined.

Single malt is all about distillery character and here you can see what Kilchoman’s is. In this expression you get full integration between oak and distillery, a sparkling mix of seashell, the freshness of seaweed, mixed with churned butter, driftwood, and fresh-kilned peat. On the tongue, there’s samphire, peat, sweet barley, and an herbal kick. The great thing is that there is clearly still more to come. Kilchoman has truly arrived. Buckle up, this is going to be some ride. — Dave Broom

Close to the end, with only four more awards left; tomorrow is the Highland Single Malt of the Year.

5 Responses to “Whisky Advocate Award: Islay Single Malt of the Year”

  1. Luke says:

    It’s still woejus money to ask for a Five-Year-Old!

    Just saying…

  2. John Mac Lellan says:

    What a great end to a great year for Kilchoman .
    Best Festive wishes to all our friends in the US, look out for more great whiskies from Kilchoman as time goes by.

    Kind Regards
    John

  3. Josh Peters says:

    Great choice! I picked up a bottle of this a month or so ago and it’s absolutely phenomenal and I completely agree with you on the Devil’s Cask. I got a bottle as a present this year from a Secret Santa and I’ve been head over heels for it since I cracked open the bottle.

  4. gal says:

    Indeed, a great dram.

    the best yet from Kilchoman.

    just waiting for the older stuff in a few years, it’s going to be amazing.

    G

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