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:
$64.99
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Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Kilchoman Machir Bay
Jason
Jason,
Way too Smokey, taste like rubbing alcohol. It was so bad I thought it was just a bad bottle. After reading reviews I see I’m not alone.
 
Kaedi
Kaedi,
The oak aroma was a little strong for my taste
 
Chad
Chad,
It was the worst Scotch or the worst drink I ever had. Wouldn’t recommend
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Too Smokey. Can smell it from a few feet away
 
Wayne
Wayne,
Nope......Too smokey, too much peat... not for me.
 
Leanne
Leanne,
Not my style. Too smokey for my liking. Gave to a friend to try and they loved it.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Well I tried it...plus one other in the last year...anything using, looks like, or has peat in the flavor profile is a definite “no”
 
Ernie
Ernie,
I Do not like scotch. I smelled and tasted like the glue from a banaid.
 
Brad
Brad,
Love it!
 
Donald
Donald,
First time trying single malt and truly enjoyed it.
 
Phillip
Phillip,
I would have thought I were going blind by the pungent alcohol in this. Way over powered the smoky flavor I was looking for. Unfortunately not the scotch for me.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
I love Scotch and have yet to find one that I would consider awful. Until now, This is the worst Scotch I have had. Extremely smoky then sweet. It made for a horrible flavor profile. Would have preferred a different sample I bought my welcome box.
 
Jesse
Jesse,
Beyond the unpleasant Peat Flavor.. it was strident and oily. Took 3 washes to get the smell out of my glass.
 
Paul
Paul,
Another excellent, smoky scotch. I would not have tried it otherwise.
 
Quinton
Quinton,
Too smokey for my taste
 
Sonya
Sonya,
All the ash without the burn. It tasted like there had been a fire in my mouth.
 
Elizabeth
Elizabeth,
Not my favorite scotch. It's a little bitter for my taste.
 
Mark
Mark,
To a bourbon drinker, this was most unpleasant. Tasted like a combination of laundry detergent and medicine. Very disagreeable. Long burn was nice if it would have been something flavorable.
 
William
William,
Really liked this one. Smoky with a smooth peat finish. Slight sherry flavor. The peat is balanced by the lemon.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Heavy on the peat, came across very one note.
 
ramsey
ramsey,
Lots of smoke, brine and peat beautiful smooth earthy scotch, flavor profiles I always enjoy. Love this whiskey
 
William
William,
IT WAS THE THE WORST SCOTCH I'VE TASTED
 
David
David,
Wayyyyy too smoky and peaty for my taste.
 
Elizabeth
Elizabeth,
Did not care for the overwhelming Smokey flavor.
 
Michael
Michael,
Nose had predominant smokey aromas, with hints of dry grass underneath, along with some slight medicinal and brine-y notes. Flavors come in with big peat smoke up front, with very light berry accents following briefly before a medium-long, smokey finish. I'm a fan of peat-y Islay Scotch, and this is pretty service-able, though I found myself wishing for more complexity... I really think this could be much better given more time in the barrel to give it more flavors to balance out the peat. As it is, it feels a bit 'incomplete' or 'thin'- rather like Ardbeg 10 Year Old with half the palate removed. But there is enough evidence of quality work here for me to be willing to try more from Kilchoman... once their whisky gets more time to mature.
 
Michael
Michael,
Nose had predominant smokey aromas, with hints of dry grass underneath, along with some slight medicinal and brine-y notes. Flavors come in with big peat smoke up front, with very light berry accents following briefly before a medium-long, smokey finish. I'm a fan of peat-y Islay Scotch, and this is pretty service-able, though I found myself wishing for more complexity... I really think this could be much better given more time in the barrel to give it more flavors to balance out the peat. As it is, it feels a bit 'incomplete' or 'thin'- rather like Ardbeg 10 Year Old with half the palate removed. But there is enough evidence of quality work here for me to be willing to try more from Kilchoman... once their whisky gets more time to mature.
 
Shawn
Shawn,
Lot of smoke and peat. Couldn’t find any sweet.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Too much peat. Not a fan.
 
Mike
Mike,
Aweful!
 
Gus
Gus,
Average scotch - needs more refinement. Too peaty and smokey. Please don't send anything but triple scotches.
 
Michael
Michael,
I do not like Scotch Whisky.
 
Corey
Corey,
I tried it. I just don’t like peat/iodine
 
Rachel
Rachel,
Definitely not for me, way too smokey. Like a tire fire.
 
Jesi
Jesi,
Way too Smokey. Made my clothes smell like a campfire.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Way to smokey for my taste. Smooth and oily on the tongue. Finish was smoke smoke smoke. Not my type of scotch.
 
Polly
Polly,
I love scotch whiskey and I enjoyed this one very much. It was all that smokey as others commented on - you really could smell the smoke from across the room, but I actually enjoyed that feature. I found enough complexity behind the smoke to make this a very intriguing and enjoyable dram- thank you for expanding my palate!
 
Matt
Matt,
Unpleasant taste. Likely will not finish vial.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Like drinking a campfire. Can smell the smoke from across the room. Once you power through the smoke, there are some interesting flavors lost in there... but they are just that, lost!
 
Marvin
Marvin,
Ok. Medium smoke/peat, but seems to be lacking something. Not a lot of body behind the smoke.
 
Michael
Michael,
Not good scotch, to much smoke not smooth. Very disappointed in my first taster box.
 
Patricia
Patricia,
I like some smoke in my scotch but this was very rough. Like chewing a piece of charred wood. Didn't finish vial.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Way too much Peat in this for me.
 
Sabrina
Sabrina,
This is a very smokey whisky.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Last tried Scotch about 35 years ago, Chivas Regal Silver Salute if I remember correctly and was not a fan, after tasting this still not a fan, smoother then the 25 year Chivas, but did not enjoy the flavors.
 
Adam
Adam,
Absolutely disgusting, all smoke and soil. Couldn't finish it. This is too divisive to be in the 'welcome box.'
 
William
William,
Very smokey, not sure if I like it or not. I would not say bad but different. For someone like me not use to the higher price bottles it was nice to taste
 
Shawn
Shawn,
Really enjoyed the smoke flavor would be great with my smoked brisket and ribs
 
ERIC
ERIC,
Tastes like charcoal. All I got was smoke. Couldn't finish.
 
Ed
Ed,
Wicked
 
Jake
Jake,
Good for a newer Islay malt. Nice amount of peat.
 
David
David,
Very smokey and the peat flavor hits harder than I expected. It was ok, but nothing to write home about.
 
Charles
Charles,
I enjoy a good single malt. This was a little to peaty for me. Several of the Mcallans would be my first choice.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
It totally depends on your mood - on a cold, damp day, it’s a smooth “campfire spirit” - very smoky, but satisfying.
 
Kali
Kali,
This may be good for people who like single malt. But I hate single malt.
 
Paul
Paul,
Turpentine
 
Samantha
Samantha,
Way to smoky for me
 
Steven
Steven,
It tasted like I was drinking rubbing alcohol, not a fan at all
 
Jim
Jim,
Sorry I can’t do peat.
 
Sam
Sam,
The smell alone was worth the 1 star rating. I can’t imagine someone liking this.
 
Mark
Mark,
If you enjoy smokey Scotch, this is worth a try. Fortunately I do, I enjoyed it.
 
Aleece
Aleece,
Very Smokey!
 
Donald
Donald,
Nose - Vanilla, dark chocolate, butter, Carmel. Palate - Sweet, earthy, baked apples, brownie crisp, grassy knoll. Finish - Peat smoke, oak, red pepper, long lasting.
 
Marissa
Marissa,
Very smoky. Peat is subtle.
 
Kerry
Kerry,
Could not bear even the first sip! Dirty
 
Jesse
Jesse,
Not a fan of pest in general.
 
Edward
Edward,
I loved it. Finest scotch I ever had!
 
Fred
Fred,
Nice and smokey! Not too smokey, just the right amount. 👍🏻
 
Kristin
Kristin,
This is a great scotch for people who like smokey, peaty scotches. If you like Islay scotches this is a good one. If you dont like smokey, peaty scotches this isn't the one for you. However, it is fairly tame in comparison to some Islays I have had. It goes down very smooth and the balance of peat and sherry is great.
 
Douglas
Douglas,
Definitely not my kind of Scotch. Too much peat and smoke. Just flattened my taste buds.
 
Chad
Chad,
Way to much charcoal taste for me it overpowered e everything else.
 
Lilith
Lilith,
The smoky flavor overwhelms everything else.
 
Ken
Ken,
Very smoky and peaty. Better than a lot of scotchs I've had but not my personal flavor profile.
 
Susan
Susan,
I did not like the scotch! The tasting boxes should contain samples of products I want to tast!
 
Michael
Michael,
Love it. Like the woody flavor and was really smooth.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Smoky, unpleasant finish.
 
Mark
Mark,
Initially too smiley but paired well well with smoked Gouda
 
John
John,
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a firefighter before the invention of the personal respirator? Eating smoke day in and day out, usung your beard for a filtration system. Well, look no further. Drinking the scotch will give you the idea.
 
Lorrie
Lorrie,
Not a scotch guy by any means, but I found the flavor interesting enough. Very smoky and complex, but lacking the rich body of a good American whiskey. Enjoyed sampling, but wouldn't buy it.
 
Matt
Matt,
I'm not (as of yet) a scotch guy, but I thoroughly enjoyed this. As others have said, it has a distinct peat aftertaste. I sensed a smoke flavor up front, not oak, I couldn't place it though.
 
Tracy
Tracy,
I didn't care for the smokey/peat flavor. Just not my kind of whiskey. Too strong and the after taste was nasty.
 
Nora
Nora,
Smoky taste. Bad after taste.
 
Adam
Adam,
Very smokey and Peaty. Smooth. If you like the peat/smoke flavor it is good, but not what I would normally drink
 
Jon
Jon,
Not for me. Strong charcoal odor followed by tasting like charcoal.
 
Jake
Jake,
Tastes like dirt - I've really tried, but I just can't get on board with the peaty stuff
 
ROBERT
ROBERT,
Smokey-Peaty: decent flavor.
 
Peter
Peter,
Didn't really care for this one; too peppery for my taste. Scotch whisky really isn't my preferred drink.
 
Todd
Todd,
Tasted like dirt that was held over a fire for days! Not a fan of Smokey flavor but otherwise decent
 
Tanya
Tanya,
Terrible. Maybe use for paint removal
 
Mike
Mike,
Hate it...smells like old plastic and has a spoiled taste. I have no idea how this is whiskey! :-(
 
neal
neal,
Smooth and smokey i enjoyed this
 
Kristina
Kristina,
I am not a fan of peat and smoke.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Terrible. Taste like biting into a cask.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
I prefer diesel fuel.
 
Jordan
Jordan,
The smoke in this one a little to strong for me and my friends only 1 out of 6 enjoyed it. The after taste though was pretty good
 
Anthony
Anthony,
just the right amount of peat and smoke
 
Michael
Michael,
Smokey acetone 😑
 
Ezra
Ezra,
Do not recommend, unless you like the peaty flavor and smell
 
Wesley
Wesley,
A tad too strong for my tastebuds
 
Susan
Susan,
Not a Scotch fan but this is the best Scotch I’ve ever had. Not overwhelmingly Smokey.
 
Jason
Jason,
Not for me. The strong odor was to much to look past. One sip and the rest was poured down the sink. It is very rare for me to not at least finish.
 
Brent
Brent,
Kilchoman Machir Bay is my first scotch, and it has an extremely peaty flavor that overpowers the other characters.
 
Christie
Christie,
Extreme peat flavor. It was hard too get past the smell to even taste it but the taste wasn't much better. If you like peat this one is for you!
 
Greg
Greg,
Peaty, smoky.... it’s all there in abundance. I enjoyed the creamy vanilla and got a hint of the white chocolate notes. I do not prefer peat or smoke so this is not for me.
 
Ilene
Ilene,
Peppery
 
Jahzel
Jahzel,
I usually enjoy a peaty drink but this one seemed to have a little too much peat for my liking. I did like the lingering sweetness it had on my tongue after the drink.
 
Sean
Sean,
Hated it
 
Uriel
Uriel,
I loved the strong peat flavor, but I hated that it seemed to be the only flavor in the bottle. Like someone just dropped some peat into a water bottle and shook it up.
 
Melissa
Melissa,
Love it. Such a wonderful clear flavor. Looking forward to sharing with my friends.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Lots of peat aroma.. I'm not a fan of peat so this is bog water. Kinda smokey. This is the type of scotch I had that made me turn away in my bourbon days years ago. I am currently a Speyside junkie thats trying to expore. I still have hope that ill find a peat to like but this isn't it.
 
Martin
Martin,
This whisky is a solid 7.5 out of 10 for me, but im giving it 10 stars to balance out the mindless 1 star reviews left by people who A) outright admitted they've never had a scotch before or B) stated they hate smokey whisky. It is an ISLAY whisky; of course it is going to be smokey! That's like giving a filet mignon a 1 star review reasoning that you hate red meat...so why did you try it in the first place, clown? I read somebody describe it as "medicinal shoe leather" as if that was a bad thing. Maybe its a bad thing if you shave your chest and exclusively wear floral scents and neckerchiefs. This whisky is smoke in a bottle, and I love that. It pairs with english tobacco like a dream. Kilchoman, Frog Morton in my briar, and reading some Chesterton; pretty dram good scenario.
 
Bryan
Bryan,
The worse 🤮
 
Oliver
Oliver,
Peaty. Not TOO peaty. But peaty.
 
Beth
Beth,
I’m not generally a Scotch person, but did enjoy this. Quite smoky and, to me, peaty, but smooth.
 
Stacey
Stacey,
The peat is overwhelming providing a just licked the ash try flavor instead of enhancing the smoke flavor.
 
Sean
Sean,
Horribly smoky. To me it tasted like something melted into a campfire. If some people prefer this flavor, I'm more than happy to send them this sample sent in my latest selection. Otherwise it will be going down the drain!
 
Norm
Norm,
Did not care for the taste at all
 
Richard
Richard,
Nice but a little too smoky for my taste.
 
James
James,
Love Islay scotch, but this is single note, just smoke, no depth
 
Matt
Matt,
Sorry to be harsh... but nope nope nope nope.... Smoke took over EVERYTHING... Then the “smoke” taste lingered forever... it tasted like burnt plastic.
 
Robbie
Robbie,
Very smooth but the smokyness is overpowering. Didn't taste many other flavors.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
I’m new to Scotch, but I really enjoyed this! Initially a bit smokey, but mellowed out nicely. I was surprised how easy it was to drink! (I sampled it on the rocks)
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Way to smokey for my taste. And the smell was very overpowering.
 
Stefanie
Stefanie,
The pepper is overpowering for me. Couldn’t get past that and the smoky notes.
 
Edward
Edward,
A complicated spiciness to it with a not too heavy handed smoke, compared to other peaty malts. Though it was flavorful I am not a fan of the overly smoky variety which i placed this into.
 
Ron
Ron,
I thought it was good!!!
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Not having drank much scotch in my time, so my pallet is untrained, I found this scotch to be quite enjoyable when poured on the rocks!
 
William
William,
Has a great smell. To begin with it’s smooth, then a burn kicks in as you swallow it. I truly enjoyed it. It’s one of the few scotches I’ve liked so far.
 
Jeremiah
Jeremiah,
The smokey/peaty smell was way too strong for me. For all practical purposes, I plugged my nose and tried it. Relatively smooth if you can get past the aroma.
 
Justin
Justin,
Smoky flavor. I’m not an expert so take it for what it is worth.
 
Michael
Michael,
Wow this stuff smelled and tasted like I poured it from a gas can. Very clean finish though. It doesn't linger on the palate very long.
 
Tim
Tim,
Way too smoky/peaty for me! The smell alone turned me off of it but I wanted to try it to be sure. I didn't like it.
 
Michael
Michael,
Some smoke, some sweetness. It’s like Lagavulin. . . Lite! It’s not worth the money. I like more body and complexity in my scotch.
 
Christine
Christine,
Far too smoky for my taste. I prefer single malts & thought I’d stretch my palate on this blended—I certainly didn’t intend to stretch all the way back to my parent’s 1970s ashtray. I’d probably enjoy it far more if the peat strength swapped with the smokiness for presence & either the sweet or creamy vanilla tones evened things out …
 
Michael
Michael,
I know I'm not a big scotch drinker so I was hoping this might be a bit more approachable as part of my "intro box" but no. Way too smoky/peaty for me - could not drink it. Definitely a taste you'd have to like or be something to build up to.
 
Tawnie
Tawnie,
Didn’t enjoy it.
 
Monica
Monica,
I enjoyed the peaty nose and taste and surprisingly didn't find it smoky. I would enjoy having this one in the summertime.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
If you like Smokey this is your whiskey. I do and it’s just a bit much for me. It’s very light bodied other than that.
 
William
William,
Not a fan but maybe be due to my lack of experience in scotch!
 
Peggy.
Peggy.,
Waaay too much peat for me!
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Not a fan of this myself. Too bitter for my tastes.
 
Tony
Tony,
Not a big fan of the strong smoke flavor. Also the after taste on the back of the tongue stuck around for a good while.
 
Piotr
Piotr,
Not as peaty as typical friends from Islay. Very nice for the evening... a little too young probably, because I can fell alcoholic spicy and some plastic-soap aftertaste.
 
BRAD
BRAD,
I'm rather inexperienced with scotch and not a a big fan of many like Johnny Walker. But this is way different. Loved the smokiness and peat, has a sweet finish. I will be adding this to my bar. Can't imagine how good this would be with a nice rare steak smothered in butter and mushrooms!
 
GERALD
GERALD,
Not good
 
John
John,
Peaty and Iodine taste. Not a fan.
 
Richard
Richard,
My wife and my first try at a scotch. I did not know what to expect. At first the smokyness was too much but since my wife liked it the best of the welcome box (what a surprise that was) I kept sipping. I grew to like it. I’ll have to try other scotchs to compare and make sure.
 
Heather
Heather,
Fantastic islay. Peaty without being overwhelming. A great introductory islay.
 
Rahul
Rahul,
I generally like Islay malts but this one is just too harsh. All you can taste is the peat. Adding a bit of water helps but all in all this is not great by any means!
 
John
John,
Very peaty flavored. Perhaps the strongest smokey taste I have encountered thus far. For those who are having trouble adapting to the taste, try it on ice or pour a little purified water into your glass, it may bring out other flavors and mute the smokey flavor.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
As far as I can remember this is my first scotch, so rating it was tough. Ultimately I set the rating based on the bourbon & whiskey it came with. Overall, it was ok but it wasn't anything to get excited about.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
A lot of the reviews on this are based off the fact that this bottle was included in the welcome package and not everyone that received it enjoys peaty whisky. For an Islay scotch it’s actually not bad, but there are better alternatives for the price. Ardbeg 10 is a far better option in my opinion for this price range.
 
Terry
Terry,
Nasty!! Smell and taste matched!! Can’t believe this is part of a tasting box, would be a better as a floor cleaner!!
 
Kathleen
Kathleen,
I am a novice for the most part, but I never expected the smell or taste on this. It was like they made a alcohol version of liquid smoke. I couldn't even get past a sip. I don't know if it's because my tastes are not yet refined perhaps, but from reading the reviews, it looks like I am not the only one who feels this way.
 
Joe
Joe,
Vial arrived broken. I contacted customer service, and was requested to send a pic of the broken vial. I did not keep the broken glass once I opened the box. I understand the need for validation on certain situations. To be honest to spend $200.00+ on a membership and be questioned on a $2.00 sample is disappointing. Joe Palermo
 
Susan
Susan,
Appreciated the peaty essence. But the aftertaste reminded me of what a Band-aid smells like. Won't be drinking this again.
 
Jody
Jody,
I am a novice when it comes to rating stuff. This is actually my first sample rating, so hear it goes. I normally drink Jack Daniels, an that is my baseline for rating things. This was very smoky, which I could almost deal with. But there was another taste in it that was almost like a strong medicine. I assume from reading the other reviews it was peat. I joined the site to learn more about different alcohols, and today I learned I do NOT like peaty drinks!
 
Tom
Tom,
Got a sample in a tasting box. Could not bring myself to drink it. Too smoky and peaty. I like Laphroaig and Lagavulin but this is off the charts - not in a good way.
 
Brian
Brian,
Too much peat and reminded me of other heavy peat Scotches I have tried.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
What can I say - I'm not a Scotch guy. But this was really good compared to most Scotch I've tried (and I've tried really cheap to really expensive). I generally don't like peaty Scotch, but this had a good balance of peat; it was definitely there, but not overpowering. If I had to drink Scotch again, I might just order this one!
 
Tony
Tony,
Too peaty for me. It was like drinking a campfire.
 
Peter
Peter,
Enjoyed the Smokey peet moss flavor.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Wow I can't express how much I hated this. This just affirms for me my hatred for peaty stuff. UGH
 
Lena
Lena,
Loved the balance of light smoke with the sweet. It opens up nicely with a little water.
 
Karen
Karen,
I enjoyed this. It opens nicely with a bit of time and I felt the smoke was nicely balanced. If you don’t care for the peaty taste this won’t likely make your list.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
I’m sure for Scotch fans this is a good one, but I just don’t do Scotch Whiskey, apparently.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Way too much smoke for me. It was ok after I diluted it a bit with some ice, I just did not enjoy it.
 
Shane
Shane,
Great Peated scotch without TOO much Peat. Very enjoyable!
 
Jason
Jason,
Wow! I love Smokey and this was Good. Not quite as Smokey as I usually drink but still a satisfying amount of Smokey flavor. So good!
 
Dawn
Dawn,
I would pass on this. Too much smoke without much body behind it. I found it had a bitter finish. Not to my liking.
 
Dwain
Dwain,
Way too much smoke for me. Not a fan.
 
Greg
Greg,
A lot of smoke on the nose but don’t let that scare you away. I’m not a smokey Scotch lover, but this is much better on the tongue and in the finish than I anticipated. It was part of my taster pack and I’m glad it was. I wouldn’t have ordered it and that’s kind of the point of the club. I enjoyed trying it!
 
Lindsey
Lindsey,
With a little water and a little time in the glass, this one opened right up. Can definitely smell the salted white chocolate on the nose. Some lemon on the palate, with slight peat and a lot of peppery heat in the finish. This one might be a little rough around the edges for some, but we enjoyed trying something new and were pleased with how the whisky opened up. Not bad.
 
David
David,
A bit more smoke than I usually get, but still very smooth. A well rounded taste and a decent finish.
 
Mario
Mario,
Way too much smoke for me, hard to taste other flavors.
 
Sharron
Sharron,
This smelled and tasted like what I imagine cow urine would taste like after being strained through dung sodden straw.
 
David
David,
If like smoke this one's for you. Very powerful nose.
 
Kristi
Kristi,
Smells like transmission fluid - throws off any taste!
 
Scott
Scott,
Very smoky with a lingering earthly taste
 
Lynn
Lynn,
Too smoky and too much volatility for my taste. No one tasting it wanted to finish their wee dram.
 
AJ
AJ,
Medicinal shoe leather.
 
Angela
Angela,
Smoky doesn't come close to describing this. It sufficiently killed any and all other flavors within the drink, as well as my tastebuds. I felt like I tasted something that had been left to burn in the smoker for a day too long.
 
sheldon
sheldon,
I like the peat after smell of this one. Will be on my list!
 
Alan
Alan,
This was honestly one of the worst scotches I have ever had and has me questioning if I want to remain a member. Why would you put something so bad in the welcome box? The color looks more like gin and the peaty taste is far too strong. Just really bad.
 
Chris
Chris,
I can’t drink it. Tastes like burnt wood, bad burnt wood. Then add a toxic factory chemical burn. It’s like I accidentally drank something that might kill me. Might use it to clean auto parts.
 
Jeannine
Jeannine,
For a scotch, this was very drinkable. Admittedly, I'm more of a rye gal. Not a lot of depth.
 
Rudy
Rudy,
Decent, but too peaty for me. Didn’t hate it.
 
Justin
Justin,
Maybe I have yet to refine my taste but this was very bitter and
 
Rob
Rob,
I did not like, however I friend of mine explained it’s the style I don’t like. So to be fair to Kilchoman, explaining my score
 
Joe
Joe,
Did not enjoy it, overwhelming aromas that stayed with me hours after consumption... did not like it!
 
Alex
Alex,
Really like it. One of the better scotches I’ve tasted
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Too smokey and peaty. Not my type of scotch.
 
Joesph
Joesph,
Too peaty
 
Will
Will,
Not a good nose to me...first bite lingers a bit too long.
 
David
David,
I'll admit, I have never heard of Kilchoman before my Flaviar membership. To me, this represents the right amount of peat and sweet.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Smoky and oeaty are so up front in the smell that you automatically assume that's all you're going to taste. That is not the case. Sweet taste on the front of the tongue with a lingering sherry, fruity undertone. After you get a few flavors to unfold you get the smoke and it remains with you for a little bit afterward.
 
JOSE
JOSE,
For someone who likes peat and smoke, this wasn't too bad. There is a bit of black pepper to taste
 
Peter
Peter,
Coarse, sharp; tastes like burnt wood.
 
Sarah
Sarah,
Didn’t like this one, a very unusual medicinal taste.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
The worst scotch I've ever had. Smells like fuel and tastes terrible. I don't recommend this to anyone.
 
Jesse
Jesse,
Great aroma. Im not into the Smokey Scotches, nice finish.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
imagine you are on a camping trip. At night a campfire is set and everyone enjoys the warmth and companionship it provides. Later that night a heavy rain blows through your camp extinguishing the fire and leaving the embers and burnt wood in a soggy wreck. Ash is mush but charred wood pokes out like tombstones in the gray desert landscape after a rare Spring rain. You bend down over the vanquished pyre, inhale deeply, close your eyes and smile. Kilchoman Machir Bay is kind of like this...very nice.
 
Peter
Peter,
to much smoke, to light and a peaty flavor
 
german
german,
Unbalanced peaty smell and overpowering taste.
 
seth
seth,
Undrinkable had to dump it! Feel like it was a joke to drink some kind of paint thinner
 
Ryon
Ryon,
Was very smooth and very peaty. I highly Recommend.
 
Gordon
Gordon,
Smooth finish, but too much smoke
 
Robert
Robert,
Way to peaty and smoky for me. However....very smooth finish
 
Mark
Mark,
Has potential. I think if this was aged longer it would have full and better flavor. Peaty, but lacks flavor.
 
Nancy
Nancy,
Little too heavy on the smoky note. It overpowered. If it was cut in 1/2 to balance the flavors it would be great. Nice smooth finish.
 
Josh
Josh,
Not a fan of the sherry and smoke....
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Was very smokey
 
Allen
Allen,
This is my last sample out of my welcome kit, and I give it a 6 star rating, because in my opinion it was just ok for my liking with a little too much smoke smell and smoke taste and the smoke taste washes over the other flavors listed on the card. I will say there is no burn on the lips or no lingering after taste.
 
Scott
Scott,
Not a fan of overwhelming peat to begin with...so this is tough to get into. Good smokiness and some nice subtle flavoring but not enough to redeem the harshness.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
After the initial burst of flavor that can seem overpowering the scotch takes on a new flavor slowly changing as you drink. Definitely a sipping drink. Interesting mashup of flavors which I have never tasted.
 
Glenn
Glenn,
Worst scotch i have ever tasted. Smells of red wine and tastes like liquid smoke
 
Jason
Jason,
The smokier and peatier the better for me.
 
Michael
Michael,
Way too smoky.
 
Amanda
Amanda,
More harsh than expected. Maybe as a mixer.?.
 
Ivan
Ivan,
I do not like this scotch. Very Smokey and the aftertaste just lingers. I'm gritting my teeth after taking a sip. The scotch whiskey is in there somewhere but all the smoke and pepper is overwhelming.
 
Mike
Mike,
Not good in my opinion.
 
stephen
stephen,
Not a Fan! The after taste was a mix of tobacco spit and diesel fuel. very harsh not smooth. could not detect and smoke which i look for. sorry.
 
Peter
Peter,
Smells like lighter fluid, agreed. Strong pepper start and smells like someone couldn't lite the charcoal as it was dowsed in gasoline
 
Lee
Lee,
I’m normally a Lagavulin drinker and this is a really good cheaper (although slighty less amazing) substitute IMO. I would drink again.
 
David
David,
Definitely all Islay. Peaty, smokey, and a long finish. There are slight hints of sweetness, maybe from white chocolate or vanilla. Interesting NAS and awesome concept from the distiller.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Pleasantly surprised with this dram! Once you bust down the door of the famous Islay intensity and burn (which I LOVE), it leads to a drink-ability comparable to it's Laphroaig cousin. Peppery, hints of an after dinner wine (sherry maybe?) with the all too familiar Islay deep and smokey finish. I will definitely purchase a bottle in the near future!
 
Michael
Michael,
If you enjoy spice and peat this one is for you - not on the same level as Lagavulin but still a nice spice and lacking in the burn of a young Laphroig - a good everyday sipper.
 
Rich
Rich,
Initial aroma reminded me of my mom using mercurochrome on an aching tooth. I could only stomach one sip and had to pour it out. I am thankful I never purchased an entire bottle.
 
DOUGLASS
DOUGLASS,
The smoke overpowered everything.
 
Richard
Richard,
This is a patient sip. Poured and let it settle under my nose a few times. Several small sips to prep my mouth. Smoked, peppered and clean.
 
Chris
Chris,
Very smooth and love Smokey finish.
 
Shaun
Shaun,
The smell is the same as the taste. Not a great starter in our first pack as I'm leary of what may come,next.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Very interesting! Light with bold peat and brine flavor. Would like a little more dimension and mouth feel but still very enjoyable.
 
John
John,
Fantastic. Smoky like Lagavulin, but light and smooth. You taste the whisky not the cask.
 
Lynn
Lynn,
Like many said, way to smokey. So overpowering for me that I could not get over it.
 
Shannon
Shannon,
You can tell immediately from the smell what you are getting into. Strong smokey smell and intense peaty flavor. Subtle vanilla and caramel finish but the peat is overpowering. If you like peaty/smokey scotch this is for you.
 
Adam
Adam,
Why would you send this to people who are trying to decide if they made a good decision to stay members or if should cancel?
 
Chris
Chris,
Way too smoky
 
Eric
Eric,
To much smoke for me.
 
Alex
Alex,
Initially, smoke forward. It then opens up into more smoke followed by a strong smoke aftertaste. I think this might be an appealing spirit for someone who enjoys artificial bacon flavor.
 
Michael
Michael,
Decent up front but an unappealing aftertaste.
 
Kelly
Kelly,
Smells like gasoline and tastes like smoky ashes. Hard pass.
 
Marc
Marc,
I love the aftertaste and aroma of bing cherries. Understated , and modest smoke flavor, with fruits blossoming after.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Excellent smoke, nice grassy aroma, lingering hints of having a good scotch. Fits well with my palate.
 
Roger
Roger,
This could definitely benefit from more cask time. Not bad but, not great.
 
David
David,
Very Smokey, and very spicy for a scotch in my opinion
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Not a huge scotch fan but is is good. Really Smokey and just the right amount of peat.
 
David
David,
I keep smacking my mouth. Oily for sure and a little smoke, but I just can't seem to taste much else. Really strange & don't like it.
 
John
John,
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.
 
Cory
Cory,
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.
 
Nick
Nick,
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
 
Matthew
Matthew,
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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