Review: Kilchoman Coull Point Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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4-5 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Kilchoman (Rockside, Scotland)

Kilchoman is a very new Islay distillery - founded in 2005. It was the first distillery to be built on Islay in over 120 years, though there are new ones currently being build. It is a "farm distillery" - a proportion of the barley used in production is grown and malted at the distillery. Coull Point is a rugged outcrop of rocks on the west coast of the island. The whisky is composed of a vatting of a 4 and 5 year old single malt, with the 4 year old being finished in oloroso sherry butts for 4 weeks prior to bottling. I have been quite impressed with all of Kilchoman's bottlings.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Interesting on the nose - not that old, but not showing the perils of youth with some raw oiliness – though, with some time, this fades and towards the end of the bottle I didn’t notice it much. An intricate balance of dry smoke and fruit. The peat has a really nice amaro quality – quite like cynar, and still good minerality is shown – all balanced well with some creamy vanilla (some good bourbon casks here!). The palate isn't quite as impressive as the nose, but still very interesting, with, perhaps, some turnip! Grape fights the peat in the end...and the peat leaves some impressive dried vegetation on the finish. For a smoky peated dram that is still quite light – they do really well. Very enjoyable.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $112 (if you like peat, of course…)