Kilchoman 100% Islay

Kilchoman 100% Islay

(0.75l, 50%)


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Kilchoman (pron. Kil-Ho-Man), is the first distillery to be established on Islay in over 124 years. It was started in 2005 by Anthony Wills, who ran an independent single cask bottling company for 8 years and was immersed in building the ultimate farm distillery where he’d take Whisky back to its roots.
 
The Kilchoman distillery is unique for several reasons. It's one of only six Scotch distilleries to carry out traditional floor maltings, and one of only two to do the malting, distilling, maturing and bottling on site. Furthermore, they even grow 30% of their Barley right there on the farm. It’s also one of the smallest Scotch distilleries, with an annual output of 120,000 liters. If you like “small batch” and “artisanal” Spirits, when it comes to Single Malts this is as good as it gets. They've been rocking it ever since they started, and they are racking up the awards to prove it.   
 
The first thing you have to always remember is that Kilchoman is — without a doubt — an Islay, with all that this entails. If you are new to the world of Whisky, this means that the malted barley is dried by or exposed to peat smoke. In the case of Kilchoman 100% Islay all the barley they use for it is grown beside their distillery… Now that is awesome! Aged in casks that held Buffalo Trace Bourbon for 6 years this Islay malt is really something more.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    50%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

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smoky
malted barley
chocolate
peaty
mint
sweet
spicy
candied
vanilla
What does Kilchoman 100% Islay taste like?

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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called a Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color 
Medium amber.
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell 
Smoke with lots of chocolate. Barley is also quite strong and there are some sweet sensations tingling around.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The peat really comes alive but in a gentle, right way. Put some spices on top and you get one hell of an Islay ride.
 
Finish 
Some menthol-like freshness evolves in this clean long peaty, smoky finish.

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Ratings & Reviews
Renee
Renee,
So smokey. So good
 
Tony
Tony,
Smoky peated vanilla quickly giving to a long, peaty spice middle, with a smoky vanilla end that dies quickly. Overall a flavor pattern that I’m starting to be the default of Scotch.
 
Ben
Ben,
Just not a huge fan of the peaty smoky scotch
 
Christine
Christine,
The chocolate in the aroma as well as added spice in the flavor make this a different twist on an Islay malt. I did add a cube of ice (which I rarely do with Scotch) and that helped bring out the slightly herbal flavor as well. You can tell it's young, but there is still depth to it.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Honestly, peat and smoke is not my flavor combination. So this sucked for me. The combination of the peat and smoke and whatever after taste there may have been, it tasted earthy (which I'm being polite and not using the word dirt but I should)
 
Steve
Steve,
I thought this was great. Nice flavor and very smooth. Very easy to drink and enjoy
 
Brittany
Brittany,
Absolutely loved it. Everything an Islay should be. Two thumbs way up!
 
Gordon
Gordon,
Very subtle aroma that leaves one wanting to taste. Comes on a bit strong but settles to let the peat and other flavors through. Surprisingly no flavors stood out to me other than a light sweet finish.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Strong smoke and peat. Nice finish that stays in the mouth.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Too burnt
 
Drake
Drake,
Smoke and peat on the nose and pallet, but finishes into delicious notes of fruit. Currently my favorite.
 
Sabrina
Sabrina,
I personally didn't like it, but my friend loved it.
 
Michael
Michael,
If you like smoke and peat - you'll love this one.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Harsh due to the imbalance of peat and other flavors and has an absinthe quality to it. Redeeming long finish.
 
Megan
Megan,
Peaty/smoky with vanilla. Smooth mouth feel.
 
BRAD
BRAD,
I'm not a big scotch or peat guy. But this has a nice heavy smoke to it and is very smooth. Finishes sweet, I like it. It's on my wish list!
 
Alon
Alon,
I like it. I drink it regularly. But I like the Sanaig more. This one is a little more earthy and you can taste the barley more. It's a young scotch, and it tastes fresh and eager to overwhelm the senses. Overall, a very enjoyable scotch.
 
Yang
Yang,
Add other Kilchoman, it's really peat and Smokey. A bit more complex than the brand's other varietal though. I can taste a bit citrus after the smoke resides. Good alternative to Glenfidich.
 
Jackie
Jackie,
Terrible, taste like throat spray
 
Seth
Seth,
As far as the Islays go, this is middle of the road for me. Nice and smokey and peaty, but the finish loses me quite a bit.
 
Kortland
Kortland,
I have come to the conclusion that I am personally no fan of Peat in any way possible. With that being said, this a very smooth and crisp smoke and floral hinted drink.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Not a fan of Peaty Scotch
 
Paul
Paul,
I really enjoy the smoky flavor, a very unique and flavorful Scotch. I don't believe that I have ever tasted anything quite so unique. Definitely will become part of my bar.
 
Gary
Gary,
Islay Scotches are my thing. This one is no exception. I like it a lot and will add it to my list of Islays.
 
Brian
Brian,
This is some of the best scotch I have had yet, absolutely love it
 
David
David,
Not my taste at all. Too sharp.
 
Adam
Adam,
Ech. The peat ruins this beyond repair. Like cherry cough syrup mixed with iodine.
 
guest
guest,
If you're an Islayphile like me, this 100% Islay is fantastic. And if you're an environmentalist like me, you love the fact that this expression is straight barley to bottle. Great job, Kilchoman!
 
Erik
Erik,
I liked but the smoke flavor was a little to much for me.
 
Enoch
Enoch,
A very smooth, high alcohol scotch, the flavor profile is way too peaty for my taste. But there is no question that this is a quality scotch. If the depth of flavor was a little deeper and not governed by peat and smoke from start to finish, this could be a great glass to pair with a sweet and savory meal.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Highland smooth with a really nice dose of Islay smoke.
 
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