||~6 Years; first-fill bourbon, oloroso sherry finish|
||100% Malted Barley|
|Distiller||Kilchoman (Rockside, Scotland)|
I really enjoy Kilchoman. Machir bay is named after a bay near Kilchoman on Islay, a beautiful white sand beach.
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2016
As I review this, it is summer – 90% of my peated single malt consumption happens in the winter. It’s a nice time for a peated dram. Islay peat is special....
The nose is full of smoke, tar, cinnamon, and some really fascinating notes of bright orange zest and bubblegum. It is rich and it is balanced. The palate is full with rich BBQ smoke throughout, caramelized lemon, and rich earth, cinnamon, and clove. Still, quite bright – the citrus works really well. There is rich BBQ smoke (hardwood) on the finish, and throughout the centre of the palate. Palate is also full of earth and lemon.
Sweetness balances everything really well, too.
Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Average. Par for the course, in terms of value for whisky taste, at $96. Especially (or only?) if you like smoky whiskies.