Kilchoman Machir Bay 2018

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2018

(0.7l, 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 liters, 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.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
  • Age
  • Chill Filtered?
  • Maturation
    Bourbon & Oloroso Sherry casks

Flavor Spiral™

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white chocolate
lemon peel
black pepper
What does Kilchoman Machir Bay 2018 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, though).

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.

Long, round and peated.

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Ratings & Reviews
Lovely, peat and nice
This is my first foray into a peated Scotch. Well worth the chance purchase. Nose: Smoky/peaty, vanilla, slightly citrus Palate: Sweet/vanilla, citrus on the sides of the tongue...all with a peat backbone. Finish: Long, smoky, and peaty Didn’t evolve as much as I thought it would, though.
Peat on nose, smoke in throat, length, sage, burned madrone, sherry
Loved it! Those who feel it's too smokey: it's way less so than Ardbeg or Laphroig or Lagavulin. I would say it's got a smokey backbone, but what stood out for me was the citrus overtones. Delightful...
Absolutely awesome. Love the Smokey/peat flavor
Pretty bad.
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