Kilchoman 2012 Madeira (Holy Dram)

This Kilchoman was bottled for Holy Dram in Israel (I tried their Inchmoan 2004 a couple of months ago). It is a 50 ppm spirit distilled in April 2012 and finished in a Madeira cask.



Kilchoman 2012 Madeira finish - Holy DramKilchoman 6 yo 2012 (56,3%, OB for Holy Dram 2019, Madeira finish, cask #180, 258 btl.)

Nose: fruity sweetness, in a sweet-and-sour way. Stewed apricots, plums, raisins and red berries. Hints of lacquered meat in the background, as well as earthy notes, big peppery peat and a slightly medicinal, mentholated freshness.

Mouth: lots of fruits again, mainly berries, stewed plums and blood oranges. Now also plain grape juice and a winey edge with light tannins. Dark chocolate. Mint and eucalyptus, ginger, quite a lot of oak spice.

Finish: long, with the oak spice growing stronger alongside the cocoa. Some nutty notes.

A rich and punchy dram, with the peaty spirit and the wine fighting for attention. Slightly overweight in a sense, but an interesting alternative to a PX sherry bottling. Around € 130, available from Holy Dram online.

Score: 84/100