Review #119 | /r/Scotch Review #47 – Kilchoman 5yr Single Cask ex-bourbon
The Schtick: Admittedly, the label got ripped off of this sample, so it’s time for a little adventure.
Age: 5 Years
Nose: It smells like a Subway. That’s right. And this is a good thing. I mean the sandwich shop, if there was any confusion. There’s a great variety of doughy yeast sweetness, vegetal notes floating throughout and some earthy tones as well. There’s also a nice waft of vanilla and a good deal of woody cinnamon.
Taste: It’s smokey and peaty. There’s slight vegetation but not to the rotting moss level. There’s some savory barbecue and a good deal of ash here as well. I like Kilchoman because their take on peat is very different than the other major players and I think this does them well.
Finish: It’s long but relatively hot. I’m not sure of the proof but I wouldn’t put it much over 100pf. There’s more peat and vanilla, with the dough and BBQ notes taking a backseat.
Overall: It’s not the best whiskey I’ve ever had but it’s interesting and complex and really quite unique. I’ve said it before, but I look forward to seeing what Kilchoman does as the years tick by.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect