smoky
sherry
white chocolate
lemon peel
black pepper
butterscotch
strawberry
peaty
barley
Spiral Kilchoman Machir Bay
Kilchoman
Machir Bay
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
Price:
$63.99
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.

  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
    Islay
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
    Kilchoman
  • Bottler
    Kilchoman
  • Chill Filtered?
    No

Kilchoman

Machir Bay

(0.75l, 46%)


7.8/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Kilchoman Machir Bay
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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