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 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.
Member Reviews and Ratings of Kilchoman Machir Bay
A bit more smoke than I usually get, but still very smooth. A well rounded taste and a decent finish.
Way too much smoke for me, hard to taste other flavors.
This smelled and tasted like what I imagine cow urine would taste like after being strained through dung sodden straw.
If like smoke this one's for you. Very powerful nose.
Smells like transmission fluid - throws off any taste!
Very smoky with a lingering earthly taste
Too smoky and too much volatility for my taste. No one tasting it wanted to finish their wee dram.
Medicinal shoe leather.
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.
I like the peat after smell of this one. Will be on my list!
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.
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.
For a scotch, this was very drinkable. Admittedly, I'm more of a rye gal. Not a lot of depth.
Decent, but too peaty for me. Didn’t hate it.
Maybe I have yet to refine my taste but this was very bitter and
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
Did not enjoy it, overwhelming aromas that stayed with me hours after consumption... did not like it!
Really like it. One of the better scotches I’ve tasted
Too smokey and peaty. Not my type of scotch.
Not a good nose to me...first bite lingers a bit too long.
I'll admit, I have never heard of Kilchoman before my Flaviar membership. To me, this represents the right amount of peat and sweet.
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.
For someone who likes peat and smoke, this wasn't too bad. There is a bit of black pepper to taste
Coarse, sharp; tastes like burnt wood.
Didn’t like this one, a very unusual medicinal taste.
The worst scotch I've ever had. Smells like fuel and tastes terrible. I don't recommend this to anyone.
Great aroma. Im not into the Smokey Scotches, nice finish.
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.
to much smoke, to light and a peaty flavor
Unbalanced peaty smell and overpowering taste.
Undrinkable had to dump it! Feel like it was a joke to drink some kind of paint thinner
Was very smooth and very peaty. I highly
Smooth finish, but too much smoke
Way to peaty and smoky for me.
However....very smooth finish
Has potential. I think if this was aged longer it would have full and better flavor. Peaty, but lacks flavor.
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.
Not a fan of the sherry and smoke....
Was very smokey
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.
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.
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.
Worst scotch i have ever tasted. Smells of red wine and tastes like liquid smoke
The smokier and peatier the better for me.
Way too smoky.
More harsh than expected. Maybe as a mixer.?.
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.
Not good in my opinion.
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.
Smells like lighter fluid, agreed. Strong pepper start and smells like someone couldn't lite the charcoal as it was dowsed in gasoline
I’m normally a Lagavulin drinker and this is a really good cheaper (although slighty less amazing) substitute IMO. I would drink again.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The smoke overpowered everything.
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.
Very smooth and love Smokey finish.
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.
Very interesting! Light with bold peat and brine flavor. Would like a little more dimension and mouth feel but still very enjoyable.
Fantastic. Smoky like Lagavulin, but light and smooth. You taste the whisky not the cask.
Like many said, way to smokey. So overpowering for me that I could not get over it.
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.
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?
Way too smoky
To much smoke for me.
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.
Decent up front but an unappealing aftertaste.
Smells like gasoline and tastes like smoky ashes. Hard pass.
I love the aftertaste and aroma of bing cherries. Understated , and modest smoke flavor, with fruits blossoming after.
Excellent smoke, nice grassy aroma, lingering hints of having a good scotch. Fits well with my palate.
This could definitely benefit from more cask time. Not bad but, not great.
Very Smokey, and very spicy for a scotch in my opinion
Not a huge scotch fan but is is good. Really Smokey and just the right amount of peat.
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.
This stuff would cause person to give up the beverage arts.
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.
Can taste the smoky, which is likely good with bar-b-q.
This is what I imagine menthol infused gasoline tastes like... Not for me!
Too smoky for me.
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.
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).
A very easy scotch to drink. Definitely good for a first timer.
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.
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.....
First time trying. Heavy peat after taste. Will not be buying this.
I really have a hard time believing you all sent this out in the welcome box. It was brutal!
This was very offensive to me but it was my first scotch. I look forward to tasting more.
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.
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.
Medicinal Aroma is new to me it okay little bitter for my taste. Has a a bitter aftertaste as well.
scotch is horrible and adding it to the welcome box made me cancel my membership.
Well, it certainly has a smoky taste. Not crazy about this one.
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.
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.
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.
Very smokey and peaty. Not smooth enough for me
Scotch is an acquired taste but this one is just a little to Smokey and peaty for me.
way past my taste for peat. Peat with a little whisky mixed in...
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.
Hells to the No! This was wretched stuff.
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.
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.
Smelled and tasted like peat and smoked salmon to me. Smoke is too strong and taste won’t go away
Terrible T.asted like varnish. Could mot even finish the small sample
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.
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.
Very clear. Intense Smokey flavor. Love it. Taste of pepper for finish. Easy drinking. Very nice.
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.
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.
Split decision on this one--far too peaty for me, but hubby loved it. We both liked the smoothness.
Smokey with a sweet honey finish.
Couldn’t get past the smell of this to try it.
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.
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!
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
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.
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..."
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.
Didn't like it .
The smell was somewhere between a wet ashtray and burnt bandaids. Somehow the taste wasn’t worse than that, but still tough to swallow.
Very Smokey.. I think this would taste amazing in a mint julip.
Loved it, nice and smokey/peaty. Very Smooth, you can smell the smoke before you taste it. It's perfect for me.
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.
Stuff was worse than battery acid. Just god awful.
Tasted like smoked moss and iodine.
Smoky yet light, very smooth. Great for sipping!
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.
I can't imagine anyone drinking this.
It's like drinking a bonfire. Way too smokey. Not enjoyable.
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.
Way too much Smoke and peat flavor, can’t imagine anyone would actually enjoy this.
Not something I tasted before, light whisky but might have been a a little too complex for my palette
Smokey, spicy, and a bit peaty.
Absolutely Love This! Huge Peat guy
The smoke flavor is very over powering. It is smooth, so maybe hard core scotch lovers would enjoy it.
Probably good for the real scotch drinkers, but I like the clean non-peaty taste. Way too much peat for me.
Too much smoke, a little too intense on the tongue.
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.
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.
way too smokey. didn't like at all. not a fan at all. good color.
Not bad, but a bit to smoky for me. It overpowered the other flavors.
Not a fan, thought my esophagus was incinerated
A bit too smoky which overwhelmed me
Did not enjoy. Too smokey, too peaty, too hot.
Too smokey on the after taste for me.
Love the smoke with an unexpectedly smooth finish.
Not a fan of scotch , it tastes like paint thinner to me , sorry didnot like it .
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.
Isleys are an acquired taste. Balanced amount of Smokey, but a little heavy on the after taste. Not a social drink IMO.
Can taste the butterscotch and smoke.
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!
Do you like tasting burning tires in liquid form? This ones for you.
Smokey nose and palate. No sherry came through. Did not like the finish at all.
Really smokey- great when appropriate- Perfect with a nice grilled steak. I need a bottle.
Not a fan. At all. But I generally don't like Islay, peaty Scotches.
Too smoky for me
If you love laphroaig, you’ll love this whisky. Hot and fiery, campfire in a bandaid! Not my style.
Very smoky, hints of pepper, but much smoother with an ice cube.
Peat could take some getting used to.
That's gonna be a no for me, dawg. Not a fan of peat.
We didn't care for the iodine/band aid smell and taste.
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.
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.
tasted like a shoe
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.
Good.... actually surprisingly given the other ratings
Tasted like Smokey rubbing alcohol.
Tasted like peated perfume
I love this stuff! It was surprisingly smooth for such a strong smell. Definitely getting a bottle of this stuff
Tasted like isopropyl alcohol. Worst scotch I have ever had.
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.
The smoke flavor is over powering and stays in the glass afterwards.
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.
Smells and tastes like embalming fluid.
Too much peat for my liking. Never tasted anything like it. Almost had the same finish as if I had smoked a cigar.
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.
Hate peaty scotch.
I could barely get this scotch past my nose and when I did it tasted like gasoline.
Maybe just my taste but hated it
Smoother than I expected, based on the smell, but still way smokier than I care for.
The smokey flavor was really overpowering.
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.
If I could give 0 stars I would. Terrible
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.
Tasted like burnt rubber
Very musty and old taste and smell, with a smoke type that I had trouble getting past
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.
Great taste...if you can get past the overwhelming smell of formaldehyde. Felt like I was in anatomy lab.
Nice dram, love the amount of peat in this one, yet smooth the entire time.
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.
Nice, smooth Smokey flavor!
Not overly smoky or peaty. Nice balance of the two. Smooth finish. Very nice.
Peaty but not overly more than I care to have but very smooth
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.
I really enjoyed the smoothness of the initial taste of this one
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
A lot of smoke and peat if thats what you enjoy then go for it
Exceptional. Complex yet light w amazing nose and smokey tones.
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
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
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.
Way too much smoke.
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
The peaty flavor give a dust on the farm feel to it. Brings back old memories.
smelled like B.O., and tasted like paint stripper.
Not a fan. Too harsh of a Smokey finish.
Not a peat and smoke kind of guy. Not for me...
Too much smoke for me. Finish is rough.
Love the smoke aroma and flavor, but didn't enjoy the overly medicinal finish.
Very smokey /peaty but with an unpleasant medicinal finish, like drinking bactine spray
I like 'em smoky.
Too much smoke flavor for my liking.
This was really Smoky. Not my favorite.
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.
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.
Peat. First taste was all peat. Smooth, pleasant, flavor built with each sip. I absolutely loved it.
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.
Peaty. Nice intro to Islay whisky. Smoother when you add just a bit of water.
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.
Not my favorite. Not very smooth.
Too Peaty for me. Nice notes of creamy vanilla but is overwhelmed by smoke
Gross. Felt like drinking a campfire.
If you like the taste of house fire, this has it written all over it!
It does have a bitter aftertaste. Smoky.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Notes of citrus, pepper and caramel. Not heavy. Classic Islay smoke. Well balanced.
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.
Very peaty. Smells like a campfire. Long aftertaste of campfire. Reminds me of camping.
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.
Tasted like drinking liquified burnt plastic. I could not even finish the sample.
Very Smokey smell but great taste offsets peat.
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.
Could definitely taste the straw and hay along with the pepper and lemon and smoke
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.
Like drinking a campfire. Warms you right up. BUT. For the same price, I would go for the Laphroaig Quarter Cask.
Very nice smoky flavor, very smooth.
I loved it. A nice, light, peaty whisky that is perfect for a crisp, cool, sunset.
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.
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!
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.
Clearly I don't care for peaty.
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.
Love it, really like the idea of the tasting sample
Unique and delicious
Super smokey and peating !! I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone... But it is de' bomb for me !!
The peat was so strong, I was still tasting it almost an hour after drinking it.
My favorite scotch so far. Seemed a bit smoky or peaty but I liked it!
This was terrible. Smells and tastes like cough syrup.
Bold, touches the nose. On the rocks, has the faint odor of wet tobacco.
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.
Fantastically party. Great aroma. Smokey taste lingers for hours.
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.
This was the most unpalatable thing I have ever tasted.
That was harsh.
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.
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!
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.
Very poor flavor with no back end. It tasted like the hearts were just put into the bottle with no aging.
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.
Far too smokey for my taste...
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.
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
Very tasty. Love the smoky taste. It does not stand out over other Islay scotches but still very good.
Too much pete and smoke for me. A bit harsh on the pallet.
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.
Too smokey for my taste. Will not order this one.
0 stars if possible. Absolutely disgusting
Very peat forward, smokey with a long finish. Hard if you don’t like that flavor combination as it lingers
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.
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.
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.
Not too much peat. It’s a very nice Scotch.
I personally felt is wasn't very well balanced and at times just finished with an artificial taste
Definitely not a fan of the Smokey/peat flavor
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.
Tasted like it needed a few more years in the cask
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.
I couldn't stop smelling it. Great scotch!
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.
Love scotch. But one comment in here sums it up perfectly for me... like drinking a campfire.
Maybe it’s good scotch but I couldn’t tell you because I hate scotch I tried it but couldn’t do it
Did not like this at all. Way to smokey and not a fan of the peat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Very enjoyable dram from the youngest of the Islay family
Increíble producto.. súper recomendado ..!
I tried. Scotch is just not for me. I'll stick to Irish and bourbon.
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.
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.
Really like it
Far surpassed my expectations. Great balance of peat and sweet. New top 5.
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!
Lovely smooth flavour less peaty than the southern distilleries
Heavy on the smoke with a slight butterscotch overtone.
Young scotch, peaty without a lot of smoke. Nice pear like finish.
Not for the faint of heart, great smokey peat
Flavor, not a rookie scotch. Complex and wonderful
A smooth young spirit great for an end of the day drink.
Like drinking a campfire. Too... much...peat
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!
Hail to the peat! Delicious.
From ordering, to receiving, to the first taste. Highly recommended
long live the peat
I've been drinking this as my go to since I found it about six months ago.