Kilchoman Machir Bay 46% ABV

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Established in 2005 by the Wills family, Kilchoman (pronounced Kilhoman) is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. Based on a farm on the rugged west coast of Islay, Kilchoman is the first distillery to be built on the Island in 125 years.
Named after the sands of Machir Bay, which is located just 2 kilometres from the Kilchoman distillery, this expression is one of Kilchomans signature peated range.
This Islay is matured in first-fill bourbon casks for around six years, married and then finished in oloroso sherry butts before bottling.


Appearance: Light gold/white wine. A semi-viscous film forms under a thin beaded swirl mark. Many shallow but thick trails form.

Nose: The ethanol is about right for the ABV. Burnt steak in embers. A well-balanced blend of dark forest fruits and red berries. Some sea breeze salinity along with green grapes and a tropical element. The smoke, salinity and sweeter notes are in unison.

Palate: A semi-viscous mouthfeel. Like the nose, the sea breeze and distant campfire ashy smoke are immediately evident. There’s also some astringency on the first sip, which I’m not fond of.
Black pepper, a little cinnamon and nutmeg and a decent warming of the chest and throat.
Some blackberry and plum appear after a few more sips, adding some pleasant sweetness.
After a few more sips an almost chocolate-sweet flavour appears.

Finish: Medium to long. The astringency, smoke, salinity and some of the blackberry last for a good amount of time. The black pepper and a touch of grapefruit bitterness also linger.

Overall: Not bad. The flavour profile is nice but would be elevated with the absence of that astringent element.


This whisky was kindly supplied by Lochs Of Whisky.

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