Welcome to KWM Whisky Advent Day 21 – Kilchoman 2010 KWM Cask 440
Tonight’s is the second of two Kilchoman’s in the 2015 KWM Whisky Advent Calendar, I wrote about the Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015 on the Day 11. Both the Loch Gorm 2015 and tonight’s whisky were filled into bottle specifically for the Kensington Wine Marker Whisky Advent Calendar, but tonight’s is extra special. It is a miniature bottle of the 4th Kilchoman cask bottled by Kensington Wine Marker, the same one currently selling in our store. It may be just 5 years old, but it is another cracker. So how did we get the distillery to bottle 50mls? I’m glad you asked. I was over on Islay for Feis Isle, the Islay Festival this past May. The 2015 Islay Festival was one not to miss, because in addition to marking the 200th Anniversaries of Laphroaig and Ardbeg, it also celebrated the 10th Anniversary for the Kilchoman Distillery.
There were special tastings and events all over Islay for a little over 10 days. Each day was given to a single distillery on Islay and Jura and people thronged the distilleries for tastings, parties and one of whiskies. One of the most memorable event was a special and very exclusive Kilchoman warehouse tasting held in the distillery’s newest warehouse. We filed into the warehouse, built in the hills above Loch Indaal a few miles north of Bruichladdich, while the wind and rain lashed the roof in violent bursts. It was a very memorable tasting, consisting of a range of barrel samples, but more crucially it opened the door for two opportunities. While speaking with Anthony Wills, the founder and managing director of Kilchoman it became clear that our latest KWM Cask was sitting in the bottling hall about to be bottled. Firstly, I had the opportunity to draw and fill a sample bottle from the cask by my own hand, a rare treat. And secondly, it opened a conversation with Anthony and Kilchoman about bottling 50mls of our cask for the 2015 KWM Whisky Advent Calendar. To my surprise they were they were very interested, and even offered to bottle some Loch Gorm for us too!
In addition to the events on Islay, Kilchoman’s marked its 10th Anniversary with a special bottling limited to just 3000 bottles. We had a small quantity in store for a short time this fall, sadly only a very small number of bottles found their way to Canada (and they are all gone!) The distillery also bottled its first and only 10 year old this fall. It’s production was also very limited, to just 1 bottle. The first ever bottle of Kilchoman 10 Year was filled specifically to be auctioned off for charity, and it set the bar high, raising £7,000.00. The distillery also auctioned its first ever bottle of single malt for charity, a release also limited to just one bottle. That 3 year old sold for £5,400.00 in 2009.
Kilchoman 2010 KWM Cask 440 - 60.4% – 5 Year – Ex-Bourbon Barrel – 221 Bottles – Andrew’ Tasting Note: “Nose: fresh with big notes of marzipan, orange pith, toasty oak and sea salt caramel; underneath briny coastal notes begin mingling with tar and earthy smoke begin to develop; the are soft fruits too, Asian pear, honey dew melon and mango salsa; Palate: juicy, smoky and fruity there is immediately a lot going on: chewy malt, barley sugars; sea salt caramel, candied salmon and building earthy peat and dark spices; more Asian pear, mango salsa and a touch of melon, bright orange notes all atop a creamy base; the smoke is clean and firm but soft; sticky soft Panda brand licorice comes to the fore; Finish: refreshing, almost minty, with fading fruits, sugars, malt and smoke maritime flourishes; Comment: if you love peat, you are going to adore this one!” – $139.99