Whisky Review: Kilchoman Madeira Cask Matured

Tasting Notes:

Kilchoman Madeira Cask Matured

Style: Sweet and Smooth

Nose:

Grind black pepper over toffee and fruit cake. Honey, chocolate and sugar plums with a touch of acidity. Briny peat smoke swiftly follows but in a rather modest fashion. Nice balance of sweetness, mellow spice.

Palate:

Juicy ruby grapes sails through on the forefront. Again the sweetness is pleasantly weighted. Silky chocolate with a light sip of smoky water. Sultanas with an oily texture, going slightly soapy. More peat undertone unwraps at the back.

Finish:

Extra sultanas as malt vaguely visible on the horizon. A slight hint of smoke and dryness towards the end.

Thoughts:

My quick impression on this is the integration of flavours is excellent – another sipper in my opinion. Nice sweetness and quite smooth that I did not feel it is a 50% abv. Although I feel the smoky signature of Kilchoman is slightly subdued when compared to the others, if you have a sweet tooth but testing water with peaty, smoky whiskies, I think this is a new alternative malt you can try.

[50% •  2015 •  Original Bottling •  Non Chill Filtered •  Non Coloured •  Aged 3 to 5 Years]

-Esmond