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.
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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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.
Creamy, vanilla bean, honey. Lots of lemon, lime, melon and a big earthy, soap stone note. Light ethanol, faint caramel.
Medium mouth feel. Light tar, soap stone, and ash. Honey, pepper, tobacco, lime and ashy smoke.
Medium length, ashy and earthy, filled with minerality. Some melon, nice wood note and some more cracked pepper.
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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