Whisky Review: Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014

Tasting Notes:

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Edition ☆

Style: Maritime and Delicate Fruits

Nose:

Starts with sea-salt rubbed pineapple notes which offer fresh, sweet fruitiness and vibrant youthfulness, a touch of seaweed flakes, the saltiness and slightly peaty aroma has effectively masked the distant vanilla and pecan hiding behind the scene.

Palate:

Delicate first touch at the palate. The texture is so delicate and silky that not a particle is offensive when it reaches you tongue… The flavour slowly unwinds and we have some creamy coconut ice cream, freshly cut pineapple at the side, topped with a few drops of hazelnut oil and orange zest, delicious dessert! A small pinch of white pepper and spice was added towards the end of the course and the smoke and peat rolling in at the back to set in a deeper tone.

Finish:

The remaining peat mixes with dried apricots, faint hints of hazelnuts and vanilla oak. Light fruitiness and tender creaminess stays on long enough to enjoy.

Thoughts:

The Machir Bay is the very first Kilchoman that I have come across, the ultra-light character has made a huge impression on me. There is a wonderful character to this award winning dram, exceptionally light bodied whisky with sufficient flavours coming through. Light, lively and aromatic, slightly peated and smoked to give a lovely balance; the addition of nutty oloroso element makes the sweetness rounder and fuller… This is something that I recommend to those who haven’t tried it yet, remarkable stuff!

(2014/46%/OB/NCF/NC/LR)

-Esmond