Scotland > Islay > Scotch and Other Whiskies > Single Malt > Kilchoman
Love the new look for the 9th edition of the 100% Islay, which is a vatting at 50% of Ex-Bourbon barrels from 2007 & 2009, matured more than 9 years. The 100% Islay line is from estate grown and malted barley, bottled on site. It is a more lightly peated expression of Kilchoman, produced from barley at 20ppm.
Andrew's Tasting Note
Nose: thick, creamy and malty; chewy barley with a flinty minerality; goat cheese and lemon juice; herbal and fruity with a touch of smoke and briny sea salt.
Palate: thick, oily, creamy and fruity; there is still a fresh flinty minerilty; apple crumble, heather honey and chewy malt; brown sugar, Panda brand licorice; loads of lemon: lemon oils, rinds and lemon drops; a touch of clean elegant smoke, wasabi and seaweed wafers.
Finish: long, malty and oily; fresh fruits, loads of lemon, creamy vanilla and clean smoke; a touch of seaweed and wasabi.
Comment: elegant stuff; Kilchoman is continuing to evolve nicely; 100% Islay is quickly becoming one of my favourite styles; the more lightly peated, floor malted barley, combined with the distillery’s long fermentation slow distillation is a recipe for complex young whiskies.
Distiller's Tasting Notes
Nose: Citrus sweetness, apricots and juniper and wild herbs.
Palate: Layers of lemon tart, vanilla, briny peat, smoke and dark maple syrup.
Finish: Long, clean, oily and intense as flavours fight for supremacy.
Each edition of the 100% Islay range can trace its origins back to the fertile soil of the Kilchoman barley fields. Here, on the windswept west coast of Islay, this unique single malt was caringly grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled using the same farm-distilling methods as generations of Ileachs before us.
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