Kilchoman Machir Bay

Kilchoman

Machir Bay

(0.75l, 46%)


5.4/10
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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 and Oloroso-finished malt. Machir Bay 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. Definitely one of the most exciting Scotch releases out there in the recent years, 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.

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  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
  • Bottler
    Kilchoman
  • Age
    4 to 5 Year Old
  • Chill Filtered?
    No

Flavour Spiral™

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smoky
sherry
white chocolate
lemon peel
black pepper
butterscotch
strawberry
peaty
barley
What does Kilchoman Machir Bay taste like?

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most single malts are matured longer).

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Light straw.

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

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

Finish
Long, round and peated.
Ratings & Reviews
Tyler
Tyler,
This stuff would cause person to give up the beverage arts.
Sherita
Sherita,
I would imagine drinking this by a campfire would make for a better experience, and I’m sure to try it like that at some point. However, the Smokey, peaty flavor was so overwhelming for me it was like drinking liquid smoke.
Carlos
Carlos,
Can taste the smoky, which is likely good with bar-b-q.
Lawrence
Lawrence,
This is what I imagine menthol infused gasoline tastes like... Not for me!
Frank
Frank,
Too smoky for me.
Justin
Justin,
This was my first Scotch. I am not a fan of an over peaty drink. I had to water it a bit to bring the overbearing taste down.
Kelly
Kelly,
Black pepper and tar rubber. Not my Scotch profile, though not the worst Islay I've had either (Hence the "exta" star). For those who have never tried a Scotch before, Islay is not the place to look...do yourself a favor and start with a Speyside or Highland (12 year plus).
Dallas
Dallas,
A very easy scotch to drink. Definitely good for a first timer.
Aaron
Aaron,
Very, very smoky. A bit too smoky for my taste. Will not be drinking this in the future because it does not fit my preferences, but if you like a nice smokey Scotch, you might like this.
James
James,
SMOKE! From the time we opened it to the finally all that was there was smoke. It was overpowering and quite disappointing. We kinda wished we didn't open it.... I brought 18 bottles of Scotch home from Scotland and not one of them had this much smoke, overpowering and unbalanced. It gets 2 stars only because I didn't have to spit it out.....
Jake
Jake,
First time trying. Heavy peat after taste. Will not be buying this.
Rick
Rick,
I really have a hard time believing you all sent this out in the welcome box. It was brutal!
Guadalupe
Guadalupe,
This was very offensive to me but it was my first scotch. I look forward to tasting more.
Craig
Craig,
I love a peaty Scotch and this one didn't disappoint. On a peaty-"ness" scale of 1 to 10 I'd rate this a 7.
Jennifer
Jennifer,
If you don’t like peat,you won’t like this. Fully peat on the nose, but less on the palate. Vanilla and a bit of lemon come on the taste — add a drop of water or two if you are overwhelmed — leads to a smokey finish that lingers in a pleasing way. A polarizing flavor due to heavy peat. Reminds me a lot of Chichibo Peated for 10% of the price.
Robert
Robert,
Medicinal Aroma is new to me it okay little bitter for my taste. Has a a bitter aftertaste as well.
DAniel
DAniel,
scotch is horrible and adding it to the welcome box made me cancel my membership.
Christian
Christian,
Well, it certainly has a smoky taste. Not crazy about this one.
Craig
Craig,
Too Smokey for me but I enjoyed it. Added a touch of water and it helped. The longer it sat the more citrus undertones I got behind the smoke and peat.
kenneth
kenneth,
For not having a age date. This is smooth. No bight. Will buy a bottle to share and keep my older stock for those special time.
Matthew
Matthew,
I enjoyed the smoky flavor more than I usually do. I didn't find the smoke very present on the nose, and the onset of the smoke flavor is a bit delayed in the mouth. I didn't find it overpowering.
Rhea
Rhea,
Very smoky
Barbara
Barbara,
Awful.
John
John,
Very smokey and peaty. Not smooth enough for me
Natalie
Natalie,
Scotch is an acquired taste but this one is just a little to Smokey and peaty for me.
Neal
Neal,
way past my taste for peat. Peat with a little whisky mixed in...
Tristan
Tristan,
Definitely peat and smoke. The undertones greet you, but the overall experience seems... lacking. I'm a fan of smoke, but there are better scotches out there.
Kent
Kent,
Hells to the No! This was wretched stuff.
Springer
Springer,
This is fucking terrible. I cannot believe you sent it in the welcome package. This is not anywhere close to my "Flavor Spiral". I poured this garbage and rinsed my mouth with a cheap beer, thanks for nothing.
Eric
Eric,
Peat and smokiness fill the initial flavor profile with a citrusy finish. Really enjoyed this and by the end of the sample I wished there was another.
Menel
Menel,
Smelled and tasted like peat and smoked salmon to me. Smoke is too strong and taste won’t go away
HERB
HERB,
Terrible T.asted like varnish. Could mot even finish the small sample
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Decent enough for a peated scotch but I feel like there is a disconnect in the flavor combination. Flaviar's spiral is pretty accurate but it doesn't quite paint the right picture. The sweeter undertones do not blend seamlessly with the peaty and smoky flavors sitting on top. Both are good on their own but the transition between them is almost non-existent. Whether you prefer sweet or peat, there are better scotches.
Patrick
Patrick,
Ok
Sasha
Sasha,
I got the welcome box and this brand was one of the three selection. Not only was i disappointed with the samples in the box but also very disappointed i saved what wouldve been the best for last. Im a whisky fan, i was given bourbons and rye whiskeys that were all right, nothing id ever order. But the kilchoman, omg... I dipped the tip of my tongue because i couldnt stand the smell of paint and permanent marker and i wept internally, the only scotch you send me and its like drink acid battery with the smell of paint... Why? Im sorry whoever i pissed off for joining but stop putting this in your welcome box, thanks.
John
John,
Very clear. Intense Smokey flavor. Love it. Taste of pepper for finish. Easy drinking. Very nice.
Ian
Ian,
Nose: peat, vanilla, apples Taste: peat, honey, vanilla, grass Finish: smoke, wood A little young but very good. I enjoyed it a lot more after it had been open a few days.
Steven
Steven,
I am a bourbon guy and got this today. I must just not be a peat guy because I could barely get it down. Not for me.
Alice
Alice,
Split decision on this one--far too peaty for me, but hubby loved it. We both liked the smoothness.
Timothy
Timothy,
Smokey with a sweet honey finish.
Jill
Jill,
Couldn’t get past the smell of this to try it.
Alon
Alon,
I don't know why others don't like it. It's has a nice smokey flavor augmented with more than hints of chocolate and a nice peaty aroma. The sip is not particularly smooth but the aftertaste is wonderful - very complex and full and lingering. To me, good scotch is all about the aftertaste, and this scotch hits the mark. I would certainly consider buying a bottle and exploring other Kilchoman drams.
William
William,
Smell: Slightly sweet, "chemical" aroma, almost tequila-like. Taste: Hot on the back of my tongue, not a good flavor at all! Chemical after taste, bitter, bitter, bitter, smoky rubber licking a tire at a race! After: Smoky aftertaste. Lingers for a while. Overall: No thanks!
Kyle
Kyle,
Smells like a mixture of rubber cement and cigarettes that were rained on that you are trying to still smoke. Needless to say. I didn't like it
Scott
Scott,
By far the worst smelling and tasting liquor I've ever had in my life. I generally use whiskey stones for great whiskey, ice for decent, and only mix coke in with awful whiskey I got for free from someone who knows I enjoy whiskey but doesn't want to spend any real money on me. I gave it an honest try, but even an entire bottle of coke was not enough to cover up the burning mold flavor from my 1.75 oz sample. It reminded me of when I was a boy scout burning green grass to drive away mosquitoes. This is easily the worst drink I've ever had.
Corey
Corey,
I'm sure that some people like the smokey/peaty stuff, but I do not. It was very harsh and what someone else said before made me laugh because it was spot on. "...somewhere between a wet ashtray and burnt bandaids..."
Jack
Jack,
Did not have a pleasant whisky smell. First sip was smooth and then I was backhanded by an extremely bitter aftertaste. It was so bitter it curled my lips against my will.
Scot
Scot,
Didn't like it .
David
David,
The smell was somewhere between a wet ashtray and burnt bandaids. Somehow the taste wasn’t worse than that, but still tough to swallow.
Torre
Torre,
Very Smokey.. I think this would taste amazing in a mint julip.
Darryl
Darryl,
Loved it, nice and smokey/peaty. Very Smooth, you can smell the smoke before you taste it. It's perfect for me.
joe
joe,
was not very happy with the first taste of this since it was in a welcome box. seeing how low of rating this has I can see why. not a good first impression for the membership.
Dennis
Dennis,
Stuff was worse than battery acid. Just god awful.
Drew
Drew,
Tasted like smoked moss and iodine.
Jordan
Jordan,
Smoky yet light, very smooth. Great for sipping!
Duane
Duane,
I was disappointed with this one. Very smokey, earthy, almost moldy smell/taste. Had a mossy/peppery aftertaste. I wouldn't ever desire trying this again. Not impressed at all.
Dale
Dale,
I can't imagine anyone drinking this.
Oscar
Oscar,
It's like drinking a bonfire. Way too smokey. Not enjoyable.
Daniel
Daniel,
Way too smokey for me. If you were to burn a pile of plastic and somehow capture the smoke and convert it to liquid, that's what this tastes and smells like.
Alex
Alex,
Too peaty
Jake
Jake,
Way too much Smoke and peat flavor, can’t imagine anyone would actually enjoy this.
Philip
Philip,
Not something I tasted before, light whisky but might have been a a little too complex for my palette
Ryan
Ryan,
Too smokey.
Austin
Austin,
Smokey, spicy, and a bit peaty.
Kevin
Kevin,
Absolutely Love This! Huge Peat guy
David
David,
The smoke flavor is very over powering. It is smooth, so maybe hard core scotch lovers would enjoy it.
Craig
Craig,
Probably good for the real scotch drinkers, but I like the clean non-peaty taste. Way too much peat for me.
Sean
Sean,
Too much smoke, a little too intense on the tongue.
Matthew
Matthew,
I’m new to scotch but this a bit too overpowering for me. If I let it sit on my tongue I can get a bit more appreciation for it.
Michael
Michael,
Not a fan of this one, I think it was way to smokey and overpowering. I am usually not a fan of the "lighter in color" scotches, because they are overpowering so much.
michael
michael,
way too smokey. didn't like at all. not a fan at all. good color.
Bob
Bob,
Not bad, but a bit to smoky for me. It overpowered the other flavors.
amanda
amanda,
Not a fan, thought my esophagus was incinerated
Michael
Michael,
A bit too smoky which overwhelmed me
AMANDA
AMANDA,
Did not enjoy. Too smokey, too peaty, too hot.
Timothy
Timothy,
Too smokey on the after taste for me.
Steve
Steve,
Love the smoke with an unexpectedly smooth finish.
Marcus
Marcus,
Dont buy
Brian
Brian,
Not a fan of scotch , it tastes like paint thinner to me , sorry didnot like it .
AJ
AJ,
I'd be all over it if my name was Peat, but it ain't. Equally brutal in terms of immediate peat and smoke. If thats your thing, you'll like this one.
Alexander
Alexander,
Isleys are an acquired taste. Balanced amount of Smokey, but a little heavy on the after taste. Not a social drink IMO.
Roy
Roy,
Can taste the butterscotch and smoke.
Maureen
Maureen,
Very peaty with a sweet finish. A bit one dimensional in this respect. I'd prefer a Laphroaig 10 yr for the same wheelhouse/price point. And at that, the Laphroaig is cheaper. Alas, this was fun to try and if you are into peat, you should!
Cory
Cory,
Do you like tasting burning tires in liquid form? This ones for you.
David
David,
Smokey nose and palate. No sherry came through. Did not like the finish at all.
Steven
Steven,
Really smokey- great when appropriate- Perfect with a nice grilled steak. I need a bottle.
Brian
Brian,
Not a fan. At all. But I generally don't like Islay, peaty Scotches.
Tyler
Tyler,
Too smoky for me
Nicki
Nicki,
If you love laphroaig, you’ll love this whisky. Hot and fiery, campfire in a bandaid! Not my style.
Collin
Collin,
Very smoky, hints of pepper, but much smoother with an ice cube. Peat could take some getting used to.
Mike
Mike,
That's gonna be a no for me, dawg. Not a fan of peat.
Catherine
Catherine,
We didn't care for the iodine/band aid smell and taste.
Benjamin
Benjamin,
An incredibly bright and light-colored scotch might not be what you expect from Islay, but the smoky peat on the nose lets you know you're on the right track. As it slipped smoothly over my palate I experienced pepper, wood, and a hint of iron. The finish is a slow, sweet heat. When I opened it up with a few drops of water, it oddly became more bitter, accentuating the smokey notes.
Kalin
Kalin,
I very much didn’t like this, however I am not a fan of peated whiskeys. It is a very strong peat smell and taste.
Cassandra
Cassandra,
tasted like a shoe
Thomas
Thomas,
Not the worst I've had but still wow it was bad I couldn't get past the smell I sipped it just so I gave it a proper go.
Matt
Matt,
Good.... actually surprisingly given the other ratings
Brian
Brian,
Tasted like Smokey rubbing alcohol.
Thomas
Thomas,
Tasted like peated perfume
Cord
Cord,
I love this stuff! It was surprisingly smooth for such a strong smell. Definitely getting a bottle of this stuff
Jon
Jon,
Tasted like isopropyl alcohol. Worst scotch I have ever had.
Kevin
Kevin,
yuck
Zechariah
Zechariah,
Not what I would expect from a scotch. But it’s uniqueness is what draws me in. With its creamy mouth feel and sweet finish. The strong smokey bite doesn’t last long at the beginning.
Jason
Jason,
The smoke flavor is over powering and stays in the glass afterwards.
NICK
NICK,
Aroma is dominated by peat. Flavor is mildly sweet initially but transitions to lemon and bitter. There is some smoky flavor. Wouldn't spend any money on a bottle of this.
Jason
Jason,
Smells and tastes like embalming fluid.
Cody
Cody,
Too much peat for my liking. Never tasted anything like it. Almost had the same finish as if I had smoked a cigar.
Andrew
Andrew,
I thought it must be my unrefined nature - but it smelled like gasoline and tasted like smoked peat. Which, if that is what you're going for the I'd give it 10 stars. But for my personal preference - not so much.
Ghaison
Ghaison,
Hate peaty scotch.
Brian
Brian,
I could barely get this scotch past my nose and when I did it tasted like gasoline.
jeff
jeff,
Maybe just my taste but hated it
Matt
Matt,
Smoother than I expected, based on the smell, but still way smokier than I care for.
Josh
Josh,
The smokey flavor was really overpowering.
Chris
Chris,
I am not one to go for a peaty Scotch. I much prefer a speyside, but I was surprised at this. It is an easy drink.
Ryan
Ryan,
If I could give 0 stars I would. Terrible
Terrance
Terrance,
My first go with an Islay, very interesting. The peat steals the show in the first breath but further tasting reveals a warm flavor which make you feel like you're at a campfire. Worth a tasting and it may lead to a full bottle purchase.
Clint
Clint,
Tasted like burnt rubber
Steve
Steve,
Very musty and old taste and smell, with a smoke type that I had trouble getting past
Matthew
Matthew,
I love a good Islay, and this one doesn't disappoint. This is not like a Lagavulin--it's bright. The Machir Bay has everything expected of a typical Islay--smoke and peat--but they are rounded out with citrus and cherry. It is a lighter pour, but a great sipper.
Adam
Adam,
Great taste...if you can get past the overwhelming smell of formaldehyde. Felt like I was in anatomy lab.
ROBERT
ROBERT,
Nice dram, love the amount of peat in this one, yet smooth the entire time.
Walter
Walter,
It is scotch, I'm not trying to be rude. If hits that basic scotch taste, feel, and smell. I got old mossy forest as the sun goes down and nature is starting to cool smell and taste from it. Last thing in the Welcome pack and it is good that it came last because nothing in the pack could stand against it. It reminded me of the old guys from Trading Places.
Drew
Drew,
Nice pour
Jon
Jon,
Nice, smooth Smokey flavor!
Clayton
Clayton,
Not overly smoky or peaty. Nice balance of the two. Smooth finish. Very nice.
John
John,
Peaty but not overly more than I care to have but very smooth
Zachary
Zachary,
Quite possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever tasted. I’m all about smokiness. But this just tasted like a burning auto parts store.
Robert
Robert,
I really enjoyed the smoothness of the initial taste of this one
Mat
Mat,
A very weird spice or chemical aftertaste. Smokey but not a good smokey. Very hard to drink and the more you drink the odd taste gets more prevalent
Alex
Alex,
A lot of smoke and peat if thats what you enjoy then go for it
Jay
Jay,
Exceptional. Complex yet light w amazing nose and smokey tones.
Jenna
Jenna,
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I don’t often seek out Islay scotches but this one I thought was very mild peat compared to others in the same area
Breandan
Breandan,
No thanks
Paul
Paul,
Very heavy peaty whisky! Not for the faint of heart! It does get more palatable as you drink it but it is harsh at first
Brian
Brian,
This really was a shock to the tastebuds for me. I am not sure if what the harshness or the smokiness...it did start tasting better the more i drank but I have come to the conclusion this one is not for me.
Sean
Sean,
Way too much smoke.
Zachary
Zachary,
Very shocked when I took the first sip of this. Very harsh and smokey. As my palette adjusted I began to enjoy towards the last couple of sips. Would not be my first choice but I did enjoy the experience of trying something I would not normally put in my shopping cart
Michele
Michele,
The peaty flavor give a dust on the farm feel to it. Brings back old memories.
Troy
Troy,
smelled like B.O., and tasted like paint stripper.
Chris
Chris,
Not a fan. Too harsh of a Smokey finish.
Eduardo
Eduardo,
Not a peat and smoke kind of guy. Not for me...
Scott
Scott,
Too much smoke for me. Finish is rough.
Christine
Christine,
Love the smoke aroma and flavor, but didn't enjoy the overly medicinal finish.
Kelcey
Kelcey,
Very smokey /peaty but with an unpleasant medicinal finish, like drinking bactine spray
Russell
Russell,
I like 'em smoky.
Brian
Brian,
Too much smoke flavor for my liking.
Dan
Dan,
This was really Smoky. Not my favorite.
Daniel
Daniel,
sweet and smokey with some peat and boy do you taste all of those. The smoke definitely liners with a slight earth and sweet. This is a good one if you enjoy smokes and sweet.
Josh
Josh,
For some reason I had low expectations but this is not bad! Nose is smoky, buttery, creamy. First taste I get a cool creamy butterscotch followed by smoke. Lacking depth but looking forward to trying more Kilchoman, especially aged offerings.
Donald
Donald,
Peat. First taste was all peat. Smooth, pleasant, flavor built with each sip. I absolutely loved it.
Allen
Allen,
Not a fan of scotch, they tend to be too bitter. This was pleasantly smooth and complex. The smokiness was apparent well after the finish. Very unique.
Mary
Mary,
Peaty. Nice intro to Islay whisky. Smoother when you add just a bit of water.
Alexander
Alexander,
Well it does have a very smoky aroma the aftertaste is very complex, spicy and slightly sweet. I'm not much into scotch but think I'm going to have to dive in a little bit more.
Scott
Scott,
Not my favorite. Not very smooth.
Danny
Danny,
Too Peaty for me. Nice notes of creamy vanilla but is overwhelmed by smoke
Matt
Matt,
Gross. Felt like drinking a campfire.
Justin
Justin,
If you like the taste of house fire, this has it written all over it!
Pedro
Pedro,
It does have a bitter aftertaste. Smoky.
Cruiz
Cruiz,
Nice taste overall but it is on the smokey side, does have a nice small hint of butterscotch. The smoke taste is not as strong as the smell but over all could enjoy in small doses.
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Very strong smoke notes on the nose is a little intimidating, but the smoke taste wasn't nearly as strong. It's there, but it is nicely balanced. I agree it tastes more like a smokey Irish whisky than a typical Scotch but I really liked it, and I'm more of a bourbon person. Light bodied.
Jesse
Jesse,
This tastes like an Irish whiskey that someone added liquid smoke to. Then they added more, and more, and then some more. If you like the smokey taste this has more than a cigar.
Ken
Ken,
The smell of smoke is one thing...I don't want to feel like I inhaled a campfire. I like scotch and this is highly disappointing.
Thom
Thom,
Notes of citrus, pepper and caramel. Not heavy. Classic Islay smoke. Well balanced.
Thee
Thee,
Peaty, but I don't think it as smokey as claimed by many. Very peppery and lively butterscotch on the front. Not as much depth as an older malt. Will be looking forward to more mature offerings from Kilchoman.
Brandon
Brandon,
Very peaty. Smells like a campfire. Long aftertaste of campfire. Reminds me of camping.
Jason
Jason,
Not sure if I got a bad batch, but it smelled and tasted like formaldehyde. It was the worst I've ever had bar none. Undrinkable.
Chris
Chris,
Tasted like drinking liquified burnt plastic. I could not even finish the sample.
Gabe
Gabe,
Very Smokey smell but great taste offsets peat.
Adam
Adam,
The aroma was reminiscent of wet tobacco, and the taste was exactly the same. Bitter aftertaste with a good bit of oil on top. The mixture of peat with smoke was overpowering and destroyed the palate. The oily layer coated the tongue and made for a difficult to stand few minutes. After trying straight up, I tried on the rocks, and with a small bit of distilled water to remove the oily top. Neither method changed or improved the taste. For a scotch lover, this was just poor. Had quite a similar taste and aroma to Lapsang Souchong tea. Did not deliver on the typical earthy tones or nuttiness of a peat. Seems to have been laden with too much smoke in an effort to create a lasting experience. The experience certainly lasted, but this smoke was overwhelming and poorly received.
Edward
Edward,
Could definitely taste the straw and hay along with the pepper and lemon and smoke
Jon
Jon,
Smoky, but not overpoweringly so. It has a warm flavor, but not dull at all. I has a sweet-ish aftertaste that is somewhat like dark chocolate. One of my go-to scotch whiskies.
Thaine
Thaine,
Like drinking a campfire. Warms you right up. BUT. For the same price, I would go for the Laphroaig Quarter Cask.
Steven
Steven,
Very nice smoky flavor, very smooth.
Craig
Craig,
I loved it. A nice, light, peaty whisky that is perfect for a crisp, cool, sunset.
Nate
Nate,
Yuck. Don't care for this at all. The smoky plus peaty just doesn't taste good. The after taste isn't good and lingers for a very long time. After taste reminds me of Band-Aids. Full disclosure: I tend to dislike smoky liquors in general.
Gabriel
Gabriel,
I really like this whisky, definitely a good representation of an intro to islay. Smokey, peaty, with a sweet touch after breaking through the smoke. This, however, is not a good intro to scotch. If you have not had scotch, start with a Highland or Speyside. Stay away from Islay, or peated whisky, until you are ready for a kick in the pants!
Guillermo
Guillermo,
Sweet taste to it, smoky, some pepper taste, and it’s a bit peaty but not to peaty. I don’t like peaty whiskeys but this one I like. It’s smooth.
Kim
Kim,
Clearly I don't care for peaty.
Nathan
Nathan,
Was wonderfully smokey, but not as smokey as Laphroaig, There was also a hint of sweet sea salt on the end. Really surprised by this one.
Gerry
Gerry,
Love it, really like the idea of the tasting sample
Jason
Jason,
Unique and delicious
TYRONE
TYRONE,
Love it
Scott
Scott,
Super smokey and peating !! I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone... But it is de' bomb for me !!
Michael
Michael,
The peat was so strong, I was still tasting it almost an hour after drinking it.
Laura
Laura,
My favorite scotch so far. Seemed a bit smoky or peaty but I liked it!
Marcus
Marcus,
This was terrible. Smells and tastes like cough syrup.
H.
H.,
Bold, touches the nose. On the rocks, has the faint odor of wet tobacco.
Pete
Pete,
I can’t imagine what kind of palate you’d need to have to think this tasted good. I thought I was drinking a liquid hockey puck for all the rubbery / polymer flavor I was getting from it.
Yang
Yang,
Fantastically party. Great aroma. Smokey taste lingers for hours.
Brianna
Brianna,
If I could give it 0 stars, I would. I felt like I was drinking mulch. There are no words to describe quite how terrible this tastes.
Jeff
Jeff,
This was the most unpalatable thing I have ever tasted.
Barry
Barry,
That was harsh.
Michael
Michael,
Holy smokes! This was a peat bomb and went really well with some korean beef ssam. Definitely a malt you would want to pair with some good bar b que. Although this isn't something for me, my father in law would love this.
Aaron
Aaron,
I guess I do not like peaty. This was awful. I have never poured out alcohol before but this was the first. Smelled... almost medicinal plasticy? Everything tasted burnt and charred smoke, but so overwhelmingly that any other notes were lost. Choked out I probably should say.. Steer clear Flaviar please remove this trash from your welcome taster!
Linda
Linda,
This was nasty. The first observation was that it smelled like a wet ashtray - that's not a good 'smoky' aroma. The taste wasn't much better.
Dustin
Dustin,
Very poor flavor with no back end. It tasted like the hearts were just put into the bottle with no aging.
JAMES
JAMES,
Islay single malts are either love 'em or hate 'em. There doesn't seem to be an in-between. I love this whiskey. It is spectacular and very much what I'd expect from an Islay. It will be fun to see what comes out of this distillery once they've been around for a while. They're still pretty young, yet.
Gerald
Gerald,
Far too smokey for my taste...
Paul
Paul,
Abso-f-ing-lutely not. Undrinkable. I hate this kind of scotch - not anyone's fault - but you hit on the one thing I hate to drink. I would rather drink mineral spirits. I didn't get the smokey taste - this was pure peat with a chemical aftertaste. I like campfires, and smoke (I make a wicked smoked brisket), but this is simply an affront to good smoke. One could perhaps say that this is my grand-mothers luggage left in the airport for too long. It reminded me of that. Also, I rarely rate anything a one star - and remember this is my taste preference. But, I can't be un-biased. This type of scotch is awful.
Taku
Taku,
Nearly undrinkable... I never would have tried this but it was part of the starter set... There was a forest fire on the same day I tried this... I found the air outside to be refreshing after smelling this ash tray
Kevin
Kevin,
Very tasty. Love the smoky taste. It does not stand out over other Islay scotches but still very good.
Michael
Michael,
Too much pete and smoke for me. A bit harsh on the pallet.
Eugene
Eugene,
There was a lot of smokey taste, but it is a disgusting drink. Tastes and smells like some awful medicine that has a very powerful aftertaste. Not worthy.
John
John,
Too smokey for my taste. Will not order this one.
Edgar
Edgar,
0 stars if possible. Absolutely disgusting
Winnie
Winnie,
Very peat forward, smokey with a long finish. Hard if you don’t like that flavor combination as it lingers
Marvin
Marvin,
For sure one of the best tasting Smokey scotch I've ever had. The flavor doesnt hit you hard but it is the first thing you'll taste. Personally I am not a fan of this much smoke and I wouldn't purchase this. But it is very good, and I surely enjoyed the drink. This is perfect with a cigar.
Taylor
Taylor,
So far I am 0/2 on liking scotch. May not be my thing, or maybe I haven't found a good scotch yet. This tasted awful to my group of family and I when we tried this in a sampler.
Devin
Devin,
Not really my thing at this point but I am new to be fair. Taste a bit too medicinal for me. If that is what people mean by “peaty”, then I don’t see it working for me. Got better with a little water added though.
Andre
Andre,
Not too much peat. It’s a very nice Scotch.
Rafael
Rafael,
I personally felt is wasn't very well balanced and at times just finished with an artificial taste
David
David,
Definitely not a fan of the Smokey/peat flavor
anonymous
anonymous,
Peaty isn't my thing, but this is pretty good. Smoky. Tastes like it's drinkable in a high end bar with big plush chairs.
Travis
Travis,
Tasted like it needed a few more years in the cask
Joe
Joe,
Contrary to what others say, I love the smokey taste and smokey flavor. I can smell fruity notes, but can't exactly taste them. The after taste isn't smokey and does stay with you for a bit. I'd say this is an enjoyable everyday Scotch that can use to tune the day out. I added a small ice cube to define it more on the relaxing side.
Charles
Charles,
I couldn't stop smelling it. Great scotch!
Peter
Peter,
Horrible, with a nauseating aftertaste. I had to check twice to confirm I want drinking something better suited to cleaning paintbrush or at the very least a pine cleaner.
Leonard
Leonard,
Love scotch. But one comment in here sums it up perfectly for me... like drinking a campfire.
Paul
Paul,
Maybe it’s good scotch but I couldn’t tell you because I hate scotch I tried it but couldn’t do it
Josh
Josh,
Did not like this at all. Way to smokey and not a fan of the peat.
Rob
Rob,
Love! I can't stop smelling it! Smoke, butter, salty air, ocean, peat and more. So complex. Then the taste, peat, smoke, salt, hay, caramel, rich mouth feel. This tastes far more mature than it's relatively young age.
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Enjoy the smell of the smoke. The pepper hung on my tongue and I got a little of sweet when came down. Nice, but is my first scotch taster, so will wait then make decision on purchase.
anonymous
anonymous,
Can't figure out what it is but this one didn't appeal to me. Too strong. With a little water, the flavour came through without the strength and it was nice but still not my favourite.
Eric
Eric,
Surprisingly complex, given the pale colour. Strong smoke on the nose, but not nearly as harsh on the palate. A very smooth, clean finish, with a pleasant amount of smoke lingering. A good introductory whisky for someone looking to dip their toes into the smoky waters.
anonymous
anonymous,
I literally cannot get enough of the smell of this fine whisky. I feel kinda weird saying this, but I huff it because it's so good. But lest you think that it's all fumes, I guarantee that the taste is at least as good as the smell!
victor
victor,
nice
Scott
Scott,
I purchased this one day as I was looking for a well priced Islay. While this is a midrange for most scotches of this year, I felt the flavor and peatyness was excellent. I just picked up a second bottle. YUM!
Craig
Craig,
Very enjoyable dram from the youngest of the Islay family
anonymous
anonymous,
Increíble producto.. súper recomendado ..!
Muktesh
Muktesh,
Stellar!
Jon
Jon,
I tried. Scotch is just not for me. I'll stick to Irish and bourbon.
Brandon
Brandon,
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.
Jeff
Jeff,
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.
Will
Will,
Really like it
Jim
Jim,
Far surpassed my expectations. Great balance of peat and sweet. New top 5.
Ricky
Ricky,
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!
Graeme
Graeme,
Lovely smooth flavour less peaty than the southern distilleries
James
James,
Heavy on the smoke with a slight butterscotch overtone.
anonymous
anonymous,
Young scotch, peaty without a lot of smoke. Nice pear like finish.
Shane
Shane,
Not for the faint of heart, great smokey peat Flavor, not a rookie scotch. Complex and wonderful
Graham
Graham,
A smooth young spirit great for an end of the day drink.
Alex
Alex,
Like drinking a campfire. Too... much...peat
Cheyne
Cheyne,
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!
Thomas
Thomas,
Hail to the peat! Delicious.
Michael
Michael,
Absolutely outstanding. From ordering, to receiving, to the first taste. Highly recommended
anonymous
anonymous,
long live the peat
Stewart
Stewart,
I've been drinking this as my go to since I found it about six months ago. Stewart
anonymous
anonymous,
Supérieur !
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