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Kilchoman – Loch Gorm


Kilchoman - Loch Gorm Visual Taste Profile

Stats – 46% alcohol, aged 5 years in Oloroso sherry casks, Islay
Price – $85
Color – Straw
Nose – Smoky peat and biscuits
Palate – As expected from “Islay’s farm distillery” it is rich and smoky with a good dose of diesel peat and coastal seaweed iodine character. But this is no one-trick-pony, it is also sweet, smooth, and has a slight baked apple quality as well. While it is undeniably an island scotch, it is tame and drinkable at 92 proof. While this may diminish some of the deeper and richer flavors you would find in a cask strength Kilchoman, the sherry cask maturation fills in a lot of this whisky’s well rounded sweet and fruity flavors. This one is just more evidence that when it come to whisky, heavy peating and sherry cask aging go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

Kilchoman Loch Gorm tastes like:

  1. Port Charlotte – An Turas Mor (90%)
  2. Bruichladdich – Octomore Comus (87%)
  3. Port Charlotte – The Peat Project (86%)

 


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Kilchoman – Machir Bay


Kilchoman - Machir Bay Taste Profile

Stats – 46% alcohol, Vatted 4 and 5 year malts, Islay
Price – $65
Color – Pale blonde
Nose – Firepit smoky and rich peat
Palate – From Kilchoman, the youngest distillery on Islay and named after the Machir Bay just west of the distillery. This is a vatting of 4 year old bourbon cask matured and 5 year old bourbon cask matured whiskies, with the 4 year also sitting in Olorosso Sherry casks for an additional 4 weeks. [“Vatted” simply means that different batches single malt whisky were combinded to make the whisky, as opposed to “Blended” which allows the distiller to cut the whisky with much cheaper neutral grain spirit (which is effectively just like vodka)].

Nice warm peat smoke and earth notes.  Well rounded and light, this one isn’t a “peat-bomb” like some of its Islay neighbors. Some ashy firepit and astringency lingers in the background, but isn’t overpowering. Even though this Kilchoman is brought down in alcohol content compared to the Summer 2010 version we reviewed earlier, the lighter proof makes Machir Bay incredibly drinkable. This is a perfect option for whisky fans looking to try something with a peat backbone without the overpowering smoke, sea-spray, or diesel-like character that typically come with it, but may be a touch weak for the peatophiles.

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Alternatives:

  1. Yoichi 12 Year (86%)
  2. Port Charlotte – The Peat Project (80%)
  3. Port Charlotte – An Turas Mor (77%)

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Kilchoman – Summer 2010


Kilchoman Summer 2010 Taste ProfileStats – 46% alcohol
Price – $70
Color – Very pale
Nose – Very peaty, like a fireplace or charcoal
Palate – From the newest distillery to open on the well renowned island of Islay.  Very smooth and rich.  The peat smoke is ever-present, but most notable at the long finish.  A touch grassy, but not much iodine or astringent character that normally comes along with this much peat.  Some floral notes and a pinch of oak taste from the barrel.  Don’t let the light color fool you, this stuff is serious and it’s also amazing!

Alternatives:

  1. Caol Ila 9 Year – Burgundy Cask Finish (86%)
  2. Ardbeg Corryvreckan (86%)
  3. Bruichladdich Waves (84%)

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