Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Matured

Peated Single Malt

Kilchoman // Islay, Scotland

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  1. whines12345

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    110.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Jose-Massu-Espinel

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    I have yet to taste a bad Kilchoman. The youngest of islay distilleries, at least to put whisky on the shelves, has proven me, on my third expression ever tasted, that they know how to make wonderful drams. This is the case of this young whisky, which was distilled on 2012 and bottled on 2017, using only red wine casks to mature it, and bottling it at a 50%abv strength. The first result of this type of maturation is wonderful chesnut color on it. Lets get to business, On the nose, it is a prophecy of what is going to come in the palate. Peat, grassy peat. Earthy. But just for a second. Then a sweet explosion comes to the game. Red fruits, cherries, strawberries. Herbal peat and rosemary. After first sip, sweetness intensifies into this maraschino cherry syrup, blackberries and starwberry notes. On the palate, it is a very interesting dram. On the middle of the tongue you'll get cherries and cinnamon, but surrounded of gun powder, sulphur and ashes. It all happens at the same time but in different parts of the tongue. The aftertaste, is also great. Smoky, super pleasant, but it definitively doesn't feel like 50%abv. Prune peel. Powerful salt and beach profile. Overall this is a very delicious dram, as well as an interesting one. Very balanced, 23 points on each criteria, makes this a 92 over 100. Sláinte!
  3. decocar1

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
  4. gschulmeister

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  5. Phorc3

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Strong tastes. Very smooth. Nice subtle smokey after taste
    25.0 AUD per Shot
  6. Snuff_D_Rooster

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    distinctive and you can definitely taste the wine cask coming forward. peaty on the nose, light on the finish, briny on the tongue.
    The Blind Donkey
  7. dolamroth21

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
  8. Reverend357

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Damnit I got lazy with tasting. Haven't had any whisky in months. I blame the unusual high temperatures for that. Sometimes you are just not in the mood for a drink. Got time today, so I picked something at random. Mostly. Didn't want to get back into the game with a peat bomb or something north of 65%ABV, and this one is somewhere in between. Shame it is sold out everywhere, but yeah. The nose has a pleasent peat note that you expect from Kilchoman. Enough to be noticed, but not so much that it burns out your brain just from sniffing it. That's what Laphroaig is for. There is also a salty air to it, a load of stewed prunes that you kinda expect with red wine casks, an interesting wiff of cinnamon and nougat chocolate. Almost like those plums that are drenched in rum and covered in dark bitter chocolate if you know them. The taste is pleasently complex, and also kinda weird. In a good way. Reading off my notes, some of those flavors don't sound like they should work together, but for some reason they do. Peat, salt and dark fruits up front, so far, so good. Honey cereals take a bit of a back seat, but are still very clearly there. What is really damn weird are the spices and herbs that are in between the other tastes. Pepper ok, that's the peat usually...but oregano and basil is not something I expected. Gives it a nice fresh edge. Interesting. The aftertaste is peppery honey with salt and touch of fruit. Doesn't last all that long. All in all, Kilchoman gets it right. I usually prefer their offerings that got close to any sort of (foritfied) wine cask to their others. This is no exception. And now, back to another couple months of tasting hibernation. Probably. Gonna be back with an andvent calendar at the latest tho. Some traditions are worth keeping alive. Cheers.
    89.0 EUR per Bottle
  9. scary

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
  10. kneuf88

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
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