Excerpt: The palate offers smoky red wine notes, with ashy peat, spices, and tingling black pepper becoming more apparent. Sweet cherry fruitiness lingers in the relatively long finish with prickly spices.
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This is a Kilchoman release featuring 5 years of full maturation in a Portugese Douro wine cask. It was distilled in 2012 and bottled in 2017, and was bottled at 50% ABV with no coloring or filtering.
Ash, charcoal, honey and stewed fruits. Really ashy and peaty, strong notes of burning wood and minerality. The jammy fruits are there but subdued behind the peat slap. Light coconut notes.
Thick and rich. Apples, pears, currants, light blueberry. Then the peat rampages in again. Really potent ash, burning rubber, faint brine and minerality. Faint oak structure. Overall, a nice blend of jammy fruits and ashy goodness.
Short to medium in length. More peat than sweet, but some nice vanilla and red apple are here with blackberry to see it off.
Really enjoyable, with a good bit of complexity. I like the blend of peat and fruit, and this does pretty well balancing the two.
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