Kilchoman 100% Islay 8th Edition Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Kilchoman 100% Islay 8th Edition

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  • Distiller:

    Kilchoman

  • Bottler:

    Kilchoman

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Spicy dark chocolate and nutty oak on the finish. Richer and more rounded than previous editions, thanks to sherry cask influence.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Add water to slow things down and elongate the flavors. This certainly does seem to bleed Islay.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The whiskey ultimately comes across as a bit raw and sometimes blatantly woody — and less refined than one expects from the series, the sherry feeling more like a slap across the face than the seductive influence it ought to be.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Really enjoyable, and loaded with complexity. From the sweet creamy notes, to the ashy, mineral forward soap stone and some light fruit character, this is a well structured dram that really does showcase some of the things to like best about Kilchoman.
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  • Intro:

    This is a release made from 100% Islay ingredients. Typically, barley is sourced from other providers in Scotland, but this batch comes from Islay. It is peated to 15-25ppm, rather than the standard 55ppm. This is matured for at least 6 years, although it is not on the label, and spends its time maturing in Buffalo Trace ex-bourbon barrels. It is bottled without filtering or coloring. It also gets a nice bump in proof, as well.

  • Nose:

    Creamy, vanilla bean, honey. Lots of lemon, lime, melon and a big earthy, soap stone note. Light ethanol, faint caramel.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouth feel. Light tar, soap stone, and ash. Honey, pepper, tobacco, lime and ashy smoke.

  • Finish:

    Medium length, ashy and earthy, filled with minerality. Some melon, nice wood note and some more cracked pepper.

  • Overall:

    Really enjoyable, and loaded with complexity. From the sweet creamy notes, to the ashy, mineral forward soap stone and some light fruit character, this is a well structured dram that really does showcase some of the things to like best about Kilchoman.

  • Score:

    6

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