Kilchoman Machir Bay 2015

Peated Single Malt

Kilchoman // Islay, Scotland

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  1. Slainte-Mhath

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Islay's youngest distillery (ESTḌ 2005) presents its 'Machir Bay' NAS expression with 46% ABV, natural color and non-chill filtered. Fairly simple on the nose, you get earthy, dusty peat smoke with lime juice and honey. The arrival is fresh, slightly spirity but well-composed with sweet spices, dry peatiness and some salted peanuts. Tasting briny, peppery and aromatic in the development, the finish is clean with slowly fading notes of dark chocolate and smoked ham. Kilchoman is definitely getting there, though rather expensive for such a young whisky. RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    41.0 EUR per Bottle
  2. down2pound69420

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
  3. 4Man

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
  4. Darko

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
  5. Mikael8212

    Tasted
    2.0
    2.0 out of 5 stars
  6. The_Rev

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Out of the entry level medium peat Islay offerings, this is possibly my favorite. It noses beautifully, if a bit deceptively - only a little bit of smoke present, but plenty of vanilla and sea air, with hints of sawdust, damp earth, tropical fruit, and black pepper. The palate is at once sooty, sweet, and salty, as an earthy peatiness plays off the vanilla and sea salt, with a bit of tropical fruit salad off in the background. The finish is moderately long, slightly dry, and brings in those sawdust and pepper notes from the nose. Well worth seeking out!
  7. Broc-Nelson

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
  8. AlexNaud

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
  9. LeeEvolved

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    It seems like it's been awhile since I've reviewed some new whisky so I set aside some time on this uncharacteristically warm Saturday in November to remedy this chore. I have a nice 2oz sample of Machir Bay supplied by a friend. It's a single malt blend of 3,4 and 5 year old scotch from the New Kids on the Islay block, Kilchoman. It's non-chill filtered, no color added and comes in at a pleasant 92 proof. As it rests in the Glencairn tasting glass it's a very light, straw colored offering that coats all sides of the glass with a nice, oily slick that settles slowly while producing some nice and silky thick legs. It's been sitting about 10 minutes and the first nosing is very, very interesting. I was expecting a good bit of peat, but it's very muted in the background. It's overshadowed by some nice lemony zest and vanilla frosting sweetness. I believe this was only finished in sherry casks for about 2 months, so I wasn't looking for much there. I expected oak and peat. Surprise, surprise. The first sip surprises just like the nose. There's a nice hit of orchard fruit, a pop of lemon that's quickly overrun by peat and youthful oak vanilla. It's a very lively and juicy experience. The finish is the only thing that leaves a bit to be desired- it's pretty hot (as expected due to its overall youth) and that really wipes away everything in one fell swoop. There's a bit of burn that lingers and gives it a less than desirable finish, but the overall flavor profile is nice. Closer to 3.75 than 3.5 stars for sure. I think these guys will definitely make their mark among the heavy hitters of Islay once their juice has rested 10 to 15+ years along the shores of Machir Bay. This is a very nice start and coming in under $60 a bottle it's worth your time and money to help get them on their way. Cheers.
  10. bpiano

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
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