smoky
malted barley
chocolate
peaty
mint
sweet
spicy
candied
vanilla
Spiral Kilchoman 100% Islay

Kilchoman
100% Islay
Reviews and 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.
Price:
$111.99
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Kilchoman 100% Islay is adored for its smoky, malted barley, chocolate and peaty flavor notes.

This Scotch is carefully distilled at Kilchoman distillery, Islay.

Based on 407 votes, the average rating for Kilchoman 100% Islay is 7.2/10.

Top reviews for Kilchoman 100% Islay:

— Wow! Greatly exceeded my expectations from a young distillery. The nose is strong with smoke & peat, which I feared would overpower the flavor profile. To my wonderful surprise, it is incredibly balanced & complex. I added a few drops of spring water to experiment. It opened the nose and flavor profile, providing an even more intense experience. Kilchoman 100% Islay will be a permanent addition to my home bar!

— Kilchoman has replaced Ardbeg as my favorite whisky. Because it's a young spirit and a young distillery - Kilchoman was founded in 2005 - is much more edgy, much more playful than its more mature Islay comrades. Expect a vivid yet perfectly balanced combination of peat, smoke, salt seaweed, and meadow flowers. It's simply gorgeous, and in my humble opinion the best dram in the Kilchoman lineup.

— Smoke and peat on the nose and pallet, but finishes into delicious notes of fruit. Currently my favorite.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    50%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

Kilchoman 100% Islay

(0.75l, 50%)


7.2/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Kilchoman 100% Islay
Gordon
Gordon,
The peat smoke on the nose loudly declares it's from Islay. Well balanced with spicy chocolate notes with a sweet malty finish. Well worth buying again.
 
CHRISTOPHER
CHRISTOPHER,
Wow! Greatly exceeded my expectations from a young distillery. The nose is strong with smoke & peat, which I feared would overpower the flavor profile. To my wonderful surprise, it is incredibly balanced & complex. I added a few drops of spring water to experiment. It opened the nose and flavor profile, providing an even more intense experience. Kilchoman 100% Islay will be a permanent addition to my home bar!
 
Mark
Mark,
This is the 3rd Islay I've had. So I'm not well traveled with them yet. However, this is a solid scotch with the heavy smoke and peat you should expect from Islay. I still think the Laphroaig I had was better, but not by a ton. As others have said, I don't get the mint, but the rest of the tasting notes came through as expected. This is a solid offering from a newer distillery. Great to see "new blood" getting into the scotch game. And by extension giving us even MORE to choose from ;-)
 
Tue
Tue,
Kilchoman has replaced Ardbeg as my favorite whisky. Because it's a young spirit and a young distillery - Kilchoman was founded in 2005 - is much more edgy, much more playful than its more mature Islay comrades. Expect a vivid yet perfectly balanced combination of peat, smoke, salt seaweed, and meadow flowers. It's simply gorgeous, and in my humble opinion the best dram in the Kilchoman lineup.
 
Jasson
Jasson,
An excellent islay dram... Smoke/peat that doesn't overwhelm, floral notes at the back-end. And the sweet and spice mask the high ABV to make it very, very smooth. A high price-tag, but well worth it.
 
Eric
Eric,
My favorite Kilchoman whisky. Soft and lots of depth. Almost a little too floral but I'll take that over run-of-the-mill bourbon/carbon or overwhelming peat and smoke.
 
Bob
Bob,
This is really nice! Clearly an Islay - peaty, smoky - but you can really taste the mint, which is a nice addition. I've added this to my wishlist.
 
Jerry
Jerry,
Great smoky flavor with oak and medium spice. I tasted the mint with a hint of floral and then vanilla Carmel at the end. Worth the price taste more like an 18 year to me.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
herbal, surprisingly sweet without the cloying sweetness of an American bourbon; some hint of peat and very little smoke; light pepper - water tames everything - *not* what I associate with an Islay malt, but...okay? not bad, certainly
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Absolutely tasted the mint, even 10 minutes after sampling it. I think that the sweetness, combined with the mint, allowed me to rate it a 7. This is purely for my own personal tastes, as I like to get kicked in the face by a horse that has just ran through a peaty bog; a smidgen too sweet for my liking.
 
Logan
Logan,
This whisky is pretty good. The peat and smoke flavors are fairly dominant.
 
Justin
Justin,
Really enjoyed this whisky. Peaty and smooth.
 
John
John,
Good peat and smoke flavors, with just enough bite. Would definitely have again
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Very smooth and not overly peaty. Easy to drink
 
Jeremiah
Jeremiah,
Exceptionally peaty and smokey. Still a good Scotch but too much for me.
 
Justin
Justin,
Not sweet, nor spicey. More of a flat peaty flavor. More peat than smoke or phenol. I'm glad I tried it, but I'll try something new next time.
 
Amanda
Amanda,
So smokey. So good
 
Anthony
Anthony,
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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