This is the third Kilchoman bottling exclusive to The Whisky Exchange. Distilled in 2007 (that’s two years after the opening of the distillery) this was put into a sherry butt until being bottled in 2017. A 10 years old Kilchoman single cask, something that was awaited for a long time.
Kilchoman 10 yo 2007 (58,5%, OB for The Whisky Exchange 2017, sherry butt #401, 599 btl.)
Nose: a nice mustiness of dunnage warehouse, with mulched leaves and quite some salty toast. Nicely dry and smoky, even though there is certainly another side showing big hints of treacle, honey, red fruits and caramelized nuts. Medicinal peat. Even a farmy edge (stables). Black pepper. A little clay and leather.
Mouth: intense exhaust soot and vegetal peat, rounded by some cherries, blackcurrants and dark chocolate. Again a very spicy core, mainly pepper and ginger. Also a fresh grassy / mentholated side. Liquorice.
Finish: long, on coal smoke, cinnamon sticks, tobacco and After Eight.
If you liked Kilchoman Loch Gorm (one of the highest scoring Kilchoman general releases in my book) then you’ll love its fat bottomed sister. Same character, more fire, but rather expensive. Still available from The Whisky Exchange.
After I drank half of my sample, I wanted to top up my glass, but I accidentally poured some 21yo Clynelish into it (another TWE exclusive and also really nice – review coming soon). A few drops of this Kilchoman and maybe one cl of Clynelish. My god that was tasty and complex stuff. I should remember to try more of these leftover blends.