Kilchoman Machir Bay 2018
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Kilchoman
  • Age 4 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Bottling date 2018
  • Maturation Bourbon & Oloroso Sherry casks
  • Alcohol 46%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • smoky
  • sherry
  • white chocolate
  • lemon peel
  • black pepper
  • strawberry
  • butterscotch
  • peaty
  • barley

Kilchoman

Machir Bay 2018 (0.7l, 46%)
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Character Goatson
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 Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Kilchoman
  • Age 4 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Bottling date 2018
  • Maturation Bourbon & Oloroso Sherry casks
  • Alcohol 46%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
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.
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  • smoky
  • sherry
  • white chocolate
  • lemon peel
  • black pepper
  • strawberry
  • butterscotch
  • peaty
  • barley
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
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