Kilchoman Port Cask 2018
4 years old
Aged in ex-Bourbon casks and then finished in Port casks
Kilchoman has, in a very short time (2005-2018), became a high end yet affordable Single Malt Scotch. Since it’s opening, Kilchoman has made everything opposite to other distilleries : young whiskies (they don’t have much of a choice but still), simple marketing, and most importantly, almost everything is local. They put great attention to the details in their whiskies, producing a different range of peated, Bourbon and Sherry matured, cask finish and single casks.
Every year Kilchoman releases a special limited line of cask finished whiskies. In 2018, it was a Port cask, a re-toasted red wine and a Sauternes one.
Colour : ruby red.
Nose : a powerful blend of dry peat and blood orange. Vegetable odors are what strikes first, but after a few sniffs, sugar and spices with candy and cinnamon stand out more.
Palate : medium firm texture, slightly oily. Like the nose, the peat is clearly felt, very wet unlike the nose. After a few sips, you can feel a slight influence of Port wine with plum, wild berries and orange zest.
Finish : warm and slow, long aftertaste of peat.
Comments : is it good? Yes. Is it signed Kilchoman? Yes. Would I buy a bottle? No Unfortunately. It’s good, but the influence of port casks is not enough for me. Peat dominates the other flavors too much. I would have liked to see it more in the style of 100% Islay where it felt much fresher and lemony.
Not a bad dram at all in the end, just not standing out enough compared to other Kilcho and port casks whiskies.
Big thank you to Patrick Desjardins for the sample and the nice pictures 😀