Islay region – 59.6%ABV – £70 (available only through Royal Mile Whiskies)
Total spoiler alert here, dear reader. I fell head over heels for this whisky I’m about to share my notes on.
This is easily one of the best Kilchoman single casks I’ve tasted to date. The only one I enjoyed more is one yet to be released (details on that to follow, no teasers though as the focus NEEDS to be on this lovely wolf among whiskies).
At only five years old, this sherried Kilchoman covers all the bases for the true lover of peaty whiskies: Peaty, sweet, balanced, powerful, invigorating, lovely.
I can’t stand it any longer, I need to share my notes:
On the nose — Very sweet and with a good deal of soft peat.
The sweet Kilchoman character of the spirit shines through and mixes well with the sherry cask. Not as medicinal as the Kilchoman Sherry Cask however that canvas sneaker element is here.
Star anise (subtle and well integrated with the peat smoke).
On the mouth — Oily and peaty. There is a great mix of sweet and medicinal happening here. This is a peat monster and the sherry influence is lovely here.
Untamed and making me wish I bought a second bottle.
Molasses cookies, minus the cookie.
Finish — Medium length and slightly effervescent.
In sum — A single cask of Kilchoman that shows just how good a fully sherried Kilchoman can be. Yummy from beginning to end. One for the cold winter for sure. But, heck, the colder wether is coming… This would be fine on a cool night by a bonfire.
A great, great single cask of whisky!