Kilchoman Machir Bay 2012
Kilchoman // Islay, Scotland
At 92 proof and comprised of a blend of their 3 year old (60%), 4 year old (35%), and 5 year old (5%) single malts all produced at Kilchoman, this whisky is an insanely unique bottling that is allowing drinkers to see what barrel aging does to whisky over time. The malt is rested in ex-bourbon barrels before being vatted and finished in Oloroso Sherry butts for an additional 2 months. This is a true testament of what a talented Master Distiller can do with young product, e.g., IWSC 2012 Gold Medal.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typeex-bourbon & ex-sherry
"The nose has a startlingly briny characteristic for Islay, and for as young of a whisky as it is, the depth in character is unsurpassed. The mid-palate has a smooth, grilled charcoal flavor that would go great with Kansas City BBQ. The finish is long and lasting, and is where you find the herbs you lose in longer aged whiskeys that give them the oily feeling. Thyme, rosemary and sage are easily recognizable and ever so pleasing. If you can find the Inaugural Release buy two bottles. "