Dram Review: Kilchoman Single Cask Release (For the Japanese market)

[59.9%・5 Years Old・Distilled in 2009・Bottled in 2015・Official Bottling・Cask No. 407/2009・Single Cask Release of 678 Bottles]

Nose:

Pungently brine-y, oily toffee with a hearty dosage of raisins and raspberries. The nose fares a tad earthy and dusty, with seaweed and ashes eased by fig syrup.

Palate & Finish:

More raisins coming through, maple syrup getting drizzled on black cherries as the oiliness of the stickily sweet toffee settles to the base. The vegetative note hits thereafter as sea water and the seaweed driven peat wash up.

A relaxed finish of brown sugar, pepper and menthol.

Thoughts:

Personally I think the Sherried or Sherry finished single casks from Kilchoman in the past few years haven’t really caught the wave on full stride, somewhat promising but also could use some poise. This is likely to change with their stock becoming more mature.

This cask is solid however at 5 years old, what it lacks in grace it shows in flair. Close to scoring a star.

✓ [Recommended if you like the distillery/style]

-Nicholas