The festival Whisky in Leiden, organised by Whiskysite.nl, is coming up on April 12. This year’s festival bottling is a Kilchoman 2007, one of these Private Cask releases with a red label. It’s the first independent Kilchoman for Holland (after a series of bottlings for the importer).
Kilchoman 6 yo 2007
(60,4%, OB for Whisky in Leiden 2014, bourbon cask #142, 245 btl.)
Nose: nougat at first. Then smoked pineapple and litres of sweet pear juice. Kiwi. Some walnuts and waxy notes. Obviously peat as well, but not as loud as in other expressions. Relatively soft antiseptics this time too.
Mouth: smoky again, still sweet but less than the nose suggested. Peppery heat. Citrus, briny notes, a little oak and liquorice. Sweet peat and light camphor.
Finish: long, clean, with deep peat smoke and grapefruit.
Kilchoman is starting to lose its youngish notes, but I can’t say complexity is high already. Great nose though. Around € 80. Already available on their website and free to try at the festival.