Kilchoman Machir Bay


Machir Bay

(0.75l, 46%)

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The New Kid on Islay.

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 premise. Furthermore, they grow their own Barley on the farm itself, whereas most other distilleries purchase it around the country (or even abroad). They use 30% of their own barley, and the balance is purchased from Port Ellen Maltings. It’s one of the smallest Scotch distilleries, with an annual output of 120,000 litres, and when you talk about artisanal, this is as good as it gets with Scotch Whisky. They've been rocking it ever since they started, and we should all be mega excited to see where it leads to next.

Machir Bay is their main product. It's a vatting of 4 and 5-year-old Bourbon cask matured Whisky, Oloroso-finished malt. The 2012 was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition, and it was also named Whisky of the Year at the International Whisky Competition. While the 2013 did not get as many awards, it's still one of the most exciting new Scotch releases out there, with a different style than you'd expect from an Islay Scotch. Still peated, mind you, but just different. It's more subdued, expressed differently. It's released once a year, so we're keen to see how they progress year-by-year.

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    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
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Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

creamy vanilla
white chocolate
lemon peel
black pepper
What does Kilchoman Machir Bay taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Kilchoman Machir Bay and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavour Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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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 / Colour
Light straw.

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Smoky, hay/straw, salted white chocolate, hints of sherry notes.

Flavour / Taste / Palate
Black pepper, butterscotch, very clean, light, with lemon peel, fresh strawberries and fruit punch.

Long, round and peated.
Ratings & Reviews
Very enjoyable dram from the youngest of the Islay family
Increíble producto.. súper recomendado ..!
I tried. Scotch is just not for me. I'll stick to Irish and bourbon.
Like a fine athlete cut down in his prime. I lament that this expression could not have developed fully. To call this scotch young would be like calling veal a steak. If you enjoy moonshine, you'll likely enjoy this. Still better than 2 Gingers radiator wash though.
Definitely on the young side, but there is so much going on here. Not as peaty as many Islays, but the peat is still appropriately present. Malt shines through as does many other notes (light fruit, sherry, and yes a hint of the ocean as others have posted). Every pour from the bottle reveals more complexity. This is one of my current favorites. I'm looking forward to the upcoming offerings from this distillery.
Really like it
Far surpassed my expectations. Great balance of peat and sweet. New top 5.
This is a delicious and satisfying Scotch that punches above its weight. A must buy for any Islay lover at this price. It smells heavenly and balances the sweet and peat perfectly on your tongue. Water of life indeed!
Lovely smooth flavour less peaty than the southern distilleries
Heavy on the smoke with a slight butterscotch overtone.
Young scotch, peaty without a lot of smoke. Nice pear like finish.
Not for the faint of heart, great smokey peat Flavor, not a rookie scotch. Complex and wonderful
A smooth young spirit great for an end of the day drink.
Like drinking a campfire. Too... much...peat
Wow! For such a youthful spirit it's got so much going on. Light peat with a punchy oceanic note. Grain and barley flavors interspersed with surprisingly fruity pear and grappa notes. Love this stuff!
Hail to the peat! Delicious.
Absolutely outstanding. From ordering, to receiving, to the first taste. Highly recommended
long live the peat
I've been drinking this as my go to since I found it about six months ago. Stewart
Supérieur !
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