Following the 2007 and 2008 vintages, Kilchoman just released the Kilchoman 2009 Vintage which – strangely enough – contains whisky from 2009 ex-bourbon barrels but also three 2008 Oloroso butts. A two-year vintage?
Previous editions of the vintage release were always exclusively matured in bourbon casks.
Kilchoman 8 yo 2009 vintage
(46%, OB 2017)
Nose: quite citrusy, with bright and zesty lemon. Then warmer hints of vanilla and harbour ropes. Medium peat smoke. Just a little oil paint and subtle notes of raisins and toffee in the background.
Mouth: same feeling of medium strength and slightly acrid peat smoke, vanilla and a bit of extra sweetness from the sherry casks. Some earthier notes and saltwater too.
Finish: medium long, with a gingery bitter edge, citrus zest and cold ashes. Finish:
The citrusy nose works well with the balanced peat smoke and extra toffee sweetness. Quite expensive for an eight year-old: around € 75.