The Schtick: Kilchoman Machir bay is named after one of Islay’s 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.
ABV: 46% ABV
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.
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Other Kilchoman Expressions I Have Reviewed:
- Review #1012 – Kilchoman 10yr Ex-Bourbon Single Cask, Distillery Exclusive
- Review #1010 – Kilchoman 10yr Single Cask Oloroso
- Review #1008 – Kilchoman 100% Islay, 8th Edition
- Review #1006 – Kilchoman Loch Gorm
- Review #1004 – Kilchoman Sanaig
- Review #1002 – Kilchoman Machir Bay, Ray’s Wine and Spirits Selection
- Review #860 – Kilchoman Impex Series Cask Strength PX Finish
- Review #119. Kilchoman 5yr ex-bourbon
- Review #116. Kilchoman Sherry Cask