Kilchoman Machir Bay

Kilchoman

Machir Bay

(0.75l, 46%)


6.4/10
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$63.99
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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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  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
  • Bottler
    Kilchoman
  • Chill Filtered?
    No

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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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First-class Whisky is taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year

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
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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