Kilchoman Machir Bay Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Kilchoman Machir Bay

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  • Distiller:

    Kilchoman

  • Bottler:

    Kilchoman

  • ABV:

    46%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: There’s so much going on and it’s so alluring – I don’t want to stop drinking it. Give this whisky more age and depth and it’s going to an absolute stunner. Can you imagine a 10-year-old Machir Bay? 15? 20? I’m looking forward to the day, but for now I’m all about this Kilchoman Machir Bay 2017.
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  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: The palate is sweet, sour, and smoky, with a chalky edge and a peppery palate, but water releases blossom and a little gunsmoke: a duel in the dunes?
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long, subtle, and smooth with a gentle hint of smokiness. Very nice!
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  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: It’s a little mezcaly, in fact. I think I like it better than the 2013.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: You’re left with a saline tang that reminds you exactly where this malt comes from.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: It’s still very light, driven more by the smoldering embers on the finish than the fruit that you get up front, but as a Scotch story and a work in progress (older spirits will continue to be added to the vatting as this evolves), it’s one that’s certainly getting there. Could use more Sherry on the finishing.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: I think most of the flaws here just stem from being young.
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  • Intro:

    Kilchoman Machir bay is named after one of Islays beaches near Kilchoman. This is a special vatting for a local retailer that is comprised of a blend of 85% ex-Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel spirit and 15% Oloroso cask matured spirit. It is bottled at 46% ABV with no filtering or coloring. The vattings are done in 30 barrel batches, and use barley peated to the supplier standard of 55ppm.

  • Nose:

    Kiwi, honey, lemon and cream. Rich phenols. Wet and musty, wet grass, charcoal, soap stone and ash.

  • Taste:

    Thin mouth feel, some heat. Lots of honey, malty wet grass. burning rubber. Some sulphur and butter cream.

  • Finish:

    Short, ashy and loaded with lemon and vanilla.

  • Overall:

    This is good, but young and very little wine influence. Definitely not bad, and a great starter from Kilchoman, but there is some work to be done. I think most of the flaws here just stem from being young.

  • Score:

    4

  • By t8ke
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