Review #1008 – Kilchoman 100% Islay, 8th Edition

Review #1008 | Scotch Review #340 – Kilchoman 100% Islay, 8th Edition

The Schtick: This is a release made from 100% Islay ingredients. Typically, barley is sourced from other providers in Scotland, but this batch comes from Islay. It is peated to 15-25ppm, rather than the standard 55ppm. This is matured for at least 6 years, although it is not on the label, and spends its time maturing in Buffalo Trace ex-bourbon barrels. It is bottled without filtering or coloring. It also gets a nice bump in proof, as well.

Distiller: Kilchoman

Bottler: Kilchoman

ABV: 50% ABV

Age: NAS

Nose: Creamy, vanilla bean, honey. Lots of lemon, lime, melon and a big earthy, soap stone note. Light ethanol, faint caramel.

Taste: Medium mouth feel. Light tar, soap stone, and ash. Honey, pepper, tobacco, lime and ashy smoke.

Finish: Medium length, ashy and earthy, filled with minerality. Some melon, nice wood note and some more cracked pepper.

Overall: Really enjoyable, and loaded with complexity. From the sweet creamy notes, to the ashy, mineral forward soap stone and some light fruit character, this is a well structured dram that really does showcase some of the things to like best about Kilchoman.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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