Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014
Peated Single Malt
Kilchoman // Islay, Scotland
Opened in 2005, Kilchoman was the first distillery built on Islay in 124 years and is one of the few in Scotland today doing traditional floor-malting. Everything from barley growing to bottling and everything in between happens on the island. This malt, bottled at 46%, is a mixture of 5-, 6-, and 7-year-old whiskies from sherry and bourbon barrels. It's peated at 55ppm, the same billing as its neighbor down the way, Ardbeg.
Peated Single Malt100% malted barley from a single distillery. Dried with peat.
Cask Typeex-bourbon & ex-Sherry
"Kilchoman Machir Bay is like the teenager with long hair in the prep school where the well-groomed students wear uniforms, but he insists on growing his hair to his shoulders and wearing Flaming Lips t-shirts over his mandatory Izod shirt. Machir Bay is clearly an Islay malt, but it has a style all its own. All the familiar saline and smoke notes are evident on the nose, but they’re ushered in on an unlikely rush of peppermint. Eccentric. That mint aroma manifests as a cooling sensation on the palate. Against that backdrop, hits of lemon rind and chocolate roastiness pop through. But those pops are short-lived and they leave without a trace. You’re left with a saline tang that reminds you exactly where this malt comes from."