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19 Nov 2011

Kilchoman Kh1 (Elements of Islay)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Kilchoman

A primeur for the Elements of Islay series. This is the first ever independent bottling of Kilchoman, the youngest distillery on Islay. There’s no age statement, but obviously it can’t be older than 5 years.

 

Kilchoman Kh1Kilchoman ‘Kh1’
(59,7%, Elements of Islay 2011, 50 cl)

Nose: very peaty of course with a rather dry start. Mainly ex-bourbon casks? Gentian. Oily notes and soot. Ashes. After a while it develops faint notes of bandages, then some brina and buttered toast and finally some nice, rounded notes of vanilla. It gets better by the minute. Overall clean and focused, without any of the (too) youngish notes of past official bottlings. Mouth: a little sweeter / maltier. Powerful with quite some peppery hotness. Sweet peat and soot. Medicinal notes. Soft vanilla again. Nice notes of baked apple towards the end. Finish: rounder, still some of these apple notes. Very long and peaty. Slightly grassy in the very end.

One of the best Kilchoman releases I’ve had so far, with a balanced sweet touch alongside the heavy peat. Around € 60 – available from TWE.

Score: 86/100

Kilchoman Kh1 (Elements of Islay) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-11-19
  • Gal

    Yumm
    Wish twe would ship here. I want!

  • http://whiskycritic.com Whisky Critic

    Sounds like it gives a pretty understated impression at first but really blooms into something great.

  • http://tmc.marccastermans.be Marc Castermans

    Ruben, you should try the Single Cask for the Nectar. Superb.

  • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal Granov גל גרנוב (@galg)

    Marc, Ruben
    i have a bottle of a single cask OB for the whisky shop San Francisco, USA.
    It’s good, but not as good as i had expected.

    have any of you tried the new 5 year old OB? is it worth getting?

    Gal.

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    @Whisky Critic: Indeed that’s a good way to describe it. It needs some time, which is usually a positive sign.

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