Sunday, 6 May 2012

Whisky Discovery #98

Kilchoman 2006 5 Year Old (46% abv, OB, 2012)
Islay Single Malt Whisky
Circa £50.00

Kilchoman's first 5 Year Old
Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland with an annual production of approximately 100,000 litres of alcohol, and with their current distillation program are filling just 18 casks a week

The majority of the annual production is filled into 1st fill bourbon barrels sourced from Buffalo Trace Distillery, Kentucky, USA. The remainder of their new spirit is matured in Oloroso Sherry butts from Miguel Martin, Jerez, Spain.

The 2006 Vintage release is their first 5 Year Old. Peated at 40ppm and matured from 80% first fill and 20% refill barrels and bottled at 46% ABV.

So what did I think?
A little darker than the 100% Islay, but not much. On the nose lovely peaty smoke, pear, ginger and some citrus along with the vanilla and a touch of butterscotch. On the palate, lovely tangy peat, a little salty, vanilla and the Islay medicinal notes. Just stunning! I really loved this whisky too, and it has got to be destined for my shelf soon. (with my camera phone playing up I have 'borrowed' the photo from the Kilchoman website)

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