Kilchoman Sanaig
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Kilchoman
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 46%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • smoky
  • raisin
  • dried fruit
  • malted barley
  • peaty
  • white pepper
  • white chocolate
  • vanilla
  • pineapple

Kilchoman

Sanaig (0.75l, 46%)
Price $68.99

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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 Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Kilchoman
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 46%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
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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  • smoky
  • raisin
  • dried fruit
  • malted barley
  • peaty
  • white pepper
  • white chocolate
  • vanilla
  • pineapple
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Character Dogson
The visitor center of the distillery was built before the distillery itself.
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
Unlike any other distilleries Kilchoman had a distillery pig instead of a cat, her name is Lucy.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
The visitor center of the distillery was built before the distillery itself.
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
Unlike any other distilleries Kilchoman had a distillery pig instead of a cat, her name is Lucy.
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