Kilchoman Sanaig

Kilchoman Sanaig

(0.75l, 46%)


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$66.99
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Kilchoman Sanaig smacks of smoke-infused, dark chocolate-covered raisins.
 
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 site. Furthermore, they even grow 30% of their Barley right there on the farm. It’s also one of the smallest Scotch distilleries, with an annual output of 120,000 liters. If you like "small batch" and "artisanal" Spirits, when it comes to Single Malts this is as good as it gets. They've been rocking it ever since they started, and they are racking up the awards to prove it.   

The first thing you have to always remember is that Kilchoman is — without a doubt — an Islay, with all that this entails. If you are new to the world of Whisky, this means that the malted barley is dried by or exposed to peat smoke. In the case of Kilchoman Sanaig, it is a mild wisp of smoke throughout the entire experience. That said, this is a really nice dram. 
 
"Sanaig" is the name of a little natural stream that runs by the distillery. And that make sense because Kilchoman Sanaig is light and fresh without losing its peaty Islay character. It’s aged 50% in ex-Bourbon casks and 50% in Oloroso Sherry casks, so it has the "rancio" and dried fruit flavors too. The net result is a smooth, young Whisky that tastes like eating dark chocolate-covered raisins next to a campfire on the beach.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    46%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS
  • Chill Filtered?
    No

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smoky
raisin
dried fruit
malted barley
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white pepper
white chocolate
vanilla
pineapple
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm amber    
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Cut grapes and pineapple, espresso, and peat. 
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Creamy summer stone fruits, figs, pepper, and chocolate. 
 
Finish 
Long, with peat smoke and salt spray.

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Ratings & Reviews
Graham
Graham,
Definitely Taste raisins. Very smooth finish.
 
Bob
Bob,
Very Smoky. No other taste or smells other than smoke. Smooth finish
 
Logan
Logan,
Very solid. Well balanced; I did not feel that anything pulled to hard in one way and the peat was balanced with the sweetness, syrup/dried fruit and subtle pepper. Finish is smooth.
 
Jerry
Jerry,
The smoke made the peat taste enjoyable. I usually am not a fan of Scotch due to the peat flavors but this one made for a great sipping experience. Kind of grows on you.
 
guest
guest,
Loved it. Super smoky with fruity flavors
 
Alphonso
Alphonso,
Smooth, peat with light smoke. Very nice dram.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Initial aroma of a little peat, ripe juicy plums, and even maraschino cherry. Comes off as very syrupy-sweet. Taste was not very complex - a little wood and caramel...astringent. After a dash of water...the fruit in the aroma dulled a little and more oak came out. Same with flavor plus a touch of maple and an earthy quality. Mouthfeel was nice...creamy and heavy. But overall, this one didn't do much for me at all.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
A slight Smokey flavor hidden by vanilla and an interesting sweetness. I’m not a big fan of smoke but o love this!
 
Jen
Jen,
Just like smelling a campfire but oh so smooth! Will definitely be buying this one.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Dried fruits notes are nice. Smoke is not super strong. A nice solid peaty scotch.
 
Craig
Craig,
Nice balance of flavors. Smooth sipping with little burn for the alcohol content. Loved it. my favorite of the three sailed l samples.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
I really liked this one. Got it in the tasting set and then ordered a bottle. Very nice balance between the peat and other flavors. High peat scotch can be overwhelming or one-note, this is not.
 
Dave
Dave,
Nice. Smooth. Would feel comfortable drinking out of a used shoe.
 
Jay
Jay,
My first taste of Peat style. I like it and would consider a bottle of Peat Scotch after I indulge myself in a few more tastings.
 
Derrell
Derrell,
not sure what everyone is talking about too smokey in the reviews. thought the peat was fine. it was all of the fruit notes that did not complement each other. my wife (who is a nurse) said it smelled like cadaver juice.
 
Nate
Nate,
While I enjoyed the Islay influence of this product, it paled compared to Laphroaig.
 
Derrell
Derrell,
you can smell and taste the fruit. obviously peated. however, i felt all of the fruit notes, raisins, vanilla, and white chocolate worked against each other. not a Scotch i would recommend.
 
Marcum
Marcum,
Warm, hints of pepper. Fruity flavors show up with more sips.
 
Laura
Laura,
Warm and smoky, lots of pepper
 
SCOTT
SCOTT,
Solid scotch if you like smoke and peat. Smokey vanilla on the nose, pepper raisin notes on the tongue. A bit hot throughout. A keeper but would not buy again.
 
Maria
Maria,
Richer smoke on the nose than the Machir bay. Old leather and smoke. Snooth, rich. Sweet, but not overly. Oily. A little bit of that medicinal, seaside tar flavor. Very nice. Tastes well-aged (not sure that it is).
 
Alec
Alec,
Smoky. Subtle vanilla and raisin. Solid scotch. Highly recommend.
 
Tim
Tim,
Light, feathery, rubber, white pepper, pineapple, light smoke
 
Ray
Ray,
Very drinkable wintertime scotch, warmer and richer than many with the fruit notes on the palate.
 
Steve
Steve,
I love the peat in this mash!
 
Dan
Dan,
What a smooth whiskey. Definitely a favorite now. Smokey & peaty taste.
 
Susanna
Susanna,
One of the best Islay whiskies I have ever tried.
 
Michael
Michael,
As with all Islay Scotches, heavy on the peat flavor, which I love, but overall it lacks the depth, complexity and body of some of the better Islays. For the money, a great buy.
 
Aman
Aman,
Delicious, peaty, reminds me of lagavulin
 
Matthew
Matthew,
After trying the Peat It, Peat It! Vol. 2 sampler, I have to say I'm not a huge fan of peated scotch overall. That being said, this was a fun new liquor to try and had a nice robust profile. You can definitely taste the peat and smokiness, but it doesn't overpower the hint of grape and sherry, presumably from finishing in the cask. It was an interesting flavor, to say the least, that opens up a bit with some ice or in a craft cocktail. Not my cup of tea, but definitely worth trying, especially if you've never done peated scotch.
 
David
David,
I’ll buy this, has character and I like the smoke balanced with the lighter tones.
 
Eric
Eric,
campfire, a lot of peat, oily and peppery...
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Heavy peat flavor and smoke. Great for end of night campfire craving.
 
Matt
Matt,
Some smoke and peat, but not overpowering. A nice transition from sweeter Sherry finish Scotches. Lately I've been enjoying more peat and briny flavors.
 
Sean
Sean,
Light peat
 
Michael
Michael,
The nose is outrageous! Peaty, and you can pick up the chocolate raisin that is in the notes. at 46%ABV, it does need a few drops of water to cut a slightly sharp alcohol taste. I'd go for Laphraoig 10 year which I really love for less money.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
I would love to have a bottle of this in my house all the time, it's simple, but does nothing wrong if you like a smoked whisky
 
Michael
Michael,
Fair to middling - I’d drink it but I wouldn’t buy a bottle
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Fruity, with a little smoke to it. My wife liked it and she doesn’t like scotch at all.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Grew on me as I continued sipping. Strong peat and caramel, but felt like it needed a layer or two more. Decent intro to a peat
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Just. Simple. AmaZing
 
Liam
Liam,
Nice full taste. Good peat and caramel flavor.
 
Bradley
Bradley,
This whiskey is your non classic Islay whiskey it has a exceptionally smooth smoke on the nose as you become acclimated and get past the smoke ( this is a very peaty whiskey all Kilchoman are) I smell wild flowers with a slight smell of fresh cut wheat. On the palate I get a very smooth peat smoke with a very mild black pepper. It is a sweet almost brown sugar taste once you get past the smoke with still just a mild black pepper in the background there is also a small butter not mixed in with the brown sugar and a slight toasted note nearing the at the end after the whiskey has been swallowed I really have a sweet sugary taste left in my mouth and the black pepper in the back ground faded away overall one of my favorite whiskeys its not overly complex but it keeps me coming back.
 
Randall
Randall,
Liked it quite a bit. Good peated love
 
Jesse
Jesse,
Enjoyed this the most from their sampler. Smooth finish and peaty flavor was not overwhelming. Will be buying a full bottle next time I'm in the store.
 
Paulo
Paulo,
It's a good whisky that is not too complex but enough to keep one entertained. Surely not going to knock anyone's socks off.
 
Peter
Peter,
Most impressed. I think this is the best tasting for under $70. It's dark in color, which I normally steer clear of, but this has great palate. Strong peaty tones, a nice drop of tipple....
 
John
John,
Nice peat from start to finish. Sweet, smoky, and peaty on the palate. Lingering heat is softened with some water. The finish is all peat with sweet.
 
Pierre
Pierre,
Smokey and a little harsh. Adding a few drops of water makes it sweeter and takes away some of the sting.
 
Jack
Jack,
Peaty and smooth. Slight alcohol burn on the nose. Sherry barrel notes lend sweetness and vanilla that balance the smoke well.
 
Robert
Robert,
Tits.
 
Jason
Jason,
Taste like sore throat spray, has a annis flavor
 
Santiago
Santiago,
Peaty, earthy, and a smooth finish.
 
Isak
Isak,
Lovely peaty Irish whiskey twist. Pineapple finish is divine and unique. Wanting of more flavor on mid-palate, but all in all a very nice whiskey.
 
Tamara
Tamara,
Smoky, earthy nose. Sweet lingering notes. Excellent for sipping. I'd buy again.
 
Mitchell
Mitchell,
Excellent and smooth, similar to lagavulin 16.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Very tasty. Interesting how the smoke/peat note is more towards the back of the pallet pushing the other notes forward, unlike a lot of Islay where the other notes are hidden within the smoke/peat.
 
Larry
Larry,
I'm a fan of smoky, peaty scotches, like Lagavulin and Laphroigh, but my immediate reaction to this scotch was that it was way too strong on the nose. It almost burned my nostrils when I took a good whiff and that was a real turnoff. When I added about 1/2 an ice cube it took on a whole new life and the flavors really came out. It does pair well with a strong cheese however. For a few dollars more I will probably stick with my favorite....Lagavulin 16 yr. You just can't beat it for the price!
 
Paul
Paul,
Nose is strong peat, earthy with a hint of sherry. Taste full bodied, strong peat but not overpowering. Slightly salty but not unpleasant aftertaste.
 
Jason
Jason,
Incredible flavor. Smooth with a little smoke.
 
Matt
Matt,
Smokey and abrupt. Hits hard and jumps around. Definitely got pineapple and pepper. The Sherry cask is noticable once it opens up a little.
 
Günter
Günter,
I think the fruity taste and the sherry cask taste are overriding the peaty Islay taste which makes for an interesting and complex package. Not bad at all
 
Robb
Robb,
Peaty of course. Long and smooth finish. Definitely raisin forward. Reasonable intro to the world of peat.
 
Robyn
Robyn,
Pretty good. Not super distinct or notable, but a solid dram.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Nose: Smokey with medical cleaner tinge. Taste: Smokey with barely bearable burn. Smoke overwhelms all the sense. On ice: smoke still strong, no other flavors. Burn more bearable. After: quick dissipating burn. Warmth lingers.
 
Melissa
Melissa,
Complex and interesting. Has a hot, woody flavor.
 
Scott
Scott,
Strongly smoky and peaty, with a little subtle sweetness out of this very nice offering from Kilchoman. A little more robust and powerful than something like the standard Ardbeg and not as much of that pure smoke flavor. A little richer and full bodied.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
So smoky, so good, like drinking liquid smoke right out of the bottle.
 
Matt
Matt,
Incredible peat flavor, not something I enjoy.
 
Justin
Justin,
Quite smoky/peaty with a nice nose, but there's a high note of ash and oak that interrupt the enjoyment of the depth of the scotch.
 
Eli
Eli,
This is an underrated scotch IMO. If your like Ardbeg and Laphroaig, you should give this a try.
 
Lawrence
Lawrence,
Toffee nose. Raisins. Smoke. Gentle on the tongue. Hint of oil. Long finish with pepper and peat. Earthly
 
Jason
Jason,
Pound cake, heavy ash on the tongue, vanilla bean and black pepper
 
Dan
Dan,
Really like it. Nice balance of smoke in it.
 
Ray
Ray,
Heavy smoke initially, an ice cube opens some of the subdued sweeter notes. A nice drink and much more appreciated with the ice.
 
Alex
Alex,
A peated malt my wife enjoys. That’s an endorsement in & if itself! The smokiness reigns supreme, yet does not overpower the drinker. It warms the throat and is a perfect whisky by the fire. If you’re not a fan of peated whiskies, give this one a try anyway, you may just like it!
 
Brian
Brian,
Heavy peaty nose but surprisingly lower on the pallet. Sweet bright finish with chocolatey, malty notes!
 
Scott
Scott,
Too much smoke and peat overwhelms anything else.
 
Angela
Angela,
Way too smoky for me.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding, delicate, Single Malt Scotch Whisky with an aromatic birth; while a creamy & fresh life that leads to a long & smooth death with notes of rancio, peat smoke & salt spray.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
More peat than their base machir bay, but still please t to drink
 
John
John,
I like the raisin and sweetness, but the Pete and smoke are too much for me.
 
chris
chris,
peaty with some smoke on it
 
Greg
Greg,
I typically don't love the smokey ones, but this is terrific! Quite a bit of smoke on the nose but it sure doesn't taste like smoke. Very nice flavor with very little smokey after taste. If you're interested in smokey Scotches and typically enjoy more "basic" flavors, give 'er a whirl!
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Way too smoky for me.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Wow is it smoky. Not accustomed to such powerful smoke. Interesting but not my favorite right now.
 
Allison
Allison,
Great smoke
 
Paul
Paul,
Interesting; very Smokey and earthy almost tobacco scents and flavors. Bold. Dry fruit and long finish. Too cigary for me, but it’s interesting.
 
Alex
Alex,
Perfect amount of smoke and peat flavor. It's there, but it doesn't overpower the other flavors.
 
Elson
Elson,
Heavy smoke flavor, comes in at the end and stays. Too much smoke for me. Like drinking a campfire.
 
James
James,
Love the smoky aroma. Nice warm finish. I'll be purchasing a bottle of this.
 
Eric
Eric,
Wow - this is the most smoke I have ever gotten from an Islay, and yet the peat is still there as well. I really like the smoke being up front on this one rather than the peat - this one is an interesting change. Really liked this dram - I immediately ordered a bottle to continue experimenting with it.
 
Paul
Paul,
Yes just peaty enough. not heavy on the nose. and lovely finish. I think I found my next bottle to purchase
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Mmmm mildly peaty
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Smooth, great finish, just peaty enough, would recommend and definitely buy again.
 
Robert
Robert,
Peatie and smooth, but with a little kick. Good choice for your "Go-To" bottle.
 
Alon
Alon,
A truly outstanding scotch. Perfect neat or with 1 cube of ice. Has strong smokey smell but the flavor is much more complex than that. A little peat, a little spice, a little fruit, a wonderful aftertaste - I bought the 100% Islay, which I also like (although the Sanaig is my favorite) and liked the Machir Bay as well. This new distillery will become a major force once their vintage (aged) releases become more plentiful and easily found. You can't speed up aging, so I'll wait patiently.
 
Trevor
Trevor,
Beautiful scotch. An instant classic and in my top 10.
 
Paul
Paul,
A new favorite. Light yet complex.
 
Jody
Jody,
Awesome flavor! A drink for special occasions for sure!
 
Michael
Michael,
An instant winner with me. I love Islay's, and the Sanaig belongs among the best.
 
Michael
Michael,
Decent whiskey but Kilchoman has better options available.
 
Boyd
Boyd,
appreciate the subtle peat, doesnt overpower
 
guest
guest,
Sweet and smoky
 
Glenn
Glenn,
To smoky for my taste.
 
guest
guest,
Instantly one of my favorites. If you haven't tried it yet, you must.
 
Simon
Simon,
A nice whisky with a bit of smoke. Perfect for social occasions.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Top notch Islay whisky that ticks the boxes for full flavor, sweetness, peaty, and richness. I love, love, love it!
 
Phillip
Phillip,
Great taste just a little to smoky for my taste
 
guest
guest,
This immediately contends with Laphroaig Quarter Cask as my Desert Island choice.
 
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