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

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~6 Years; first-fill bourbon, oloroso sherry finish
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Kilchoman (Rockside, Scotland)

This Kilchoman is more towards sherry casks, as opposed to the bourbon-forward Machir bay. Looks terrific!

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: SAN 19:06:19 19/47

  • Bottling Date: 2019

Again, rich, farmy, medicinal Kilchoman peat – but there is some nice dried fruit sprinkled in here too. It’s well-balanced with vanilla creaminess. Ash, seaweed, burning leaves, vanilla, iodine, toffee, raisins, wet earth, biscuits, – still, quite the excellent nose. Nice nuttiness on the nose. The palate is rich, with a nice dose of wood, dried fruit, and spices alongside all the smoke and earth. Nice dried peat on the end, and some nice marmalade (with the bitterness). Quite a nice sherried peater, this. I like it more than its sibling, Machir Bay – this is a bit richer and deeper, but, I suppose, not as creamy.

Very Highly Recommended (19% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Average, at $120.