Kilchoman 2006 vintage 5 year old, 46%

Price: $75.00 Issue: Spring 2012 Reviewer: Dave Broom

It often takes time for a new distillery to find its feet, but Kilchoman's spirit was top quality from the first day. Its limited-edition releases act as markers on a work in progress, but are precociously advanced for their tender years. This, the first 5 year old, leads with a note like wet rushes/wet dog (that's good!) alongside lightly turfy smoke. The palate is sweet, smoked, and thick with allspice on the finish. A star is born.