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Kilchoman 16 Years Old




Whisky Review: Kilchoman 16 Years Old

Tasting Notes:

Scotch single malt aged 16 years from cask mix of ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry; 50 ppm; 50% ABV; $300.
The glass has a lovely golden honey color, showcasing decadently thick legs and high viscosity.
The sweet smell of peat smoke greets me as my nose settles in. Within that powerful aromatic, other notes of warm summer grass, chocolate truffle, melting caramel, vanilla bean, and baking bread are present.
The taste of the peat pops quickly to the forefront, accompanied by many other tongue tales such as vanilla, light oak, buttery popcorn, strawberry, pumpkin pie, and warm baking spices.
This slides down nicely on the finish, offering a sweet smoke in my throat that is tantalizing and slow to fade.
This is one of the best Kilchoman releases to date. The balance of the peat smoke against the other flavors unmasked showcases a strong mastery of this distillery’s cask program, especially considering this is a global release. Get yourself a bottle or two.
Kilchoman 16 Years Old review
We review Kilchoman 16 Years Old, the oldest release from this Islay distillery to date that’s being distributed globally. (image via Kilchoman)

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Scotland’s Kilchoman distillery, founded in 2005, was, at the time it began production, the first new distillery to open its doors on Islay in many, many years. Distilling from grains grown on its island farm, the distillery team has churned out many fascinating releases as they showcase how a farm distillery can stand independently amongst its much larger and more well-known whisky neighbors.

One recent example of Kilchoman’s continued growth was the release late last year of its first 16-year-old to be bottled for global distribution. This means that the distillery now has enough older stock on hand to provide a bottling of this age statement on a worldwide level.

The Kilchoman 16 Years Old, which is what I’m reviewing today, is a combination of 21 casks maturing over 16 years. The cask mix is mostly ex-bourbon barrels, with a smaller number of ex-oloroso casks added in. It is peated at 50 ppm and bottled at 50% ABV, being non-chill filtered and of natural color. Pricing is set at $300.

“This is a landmark release for the distillery,” said Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder, at the time of its release, “the oldest global bottling we have done to date at 16 years of age. I look forward to Kilchoman fans around the world tasting this outstanding whisky and experience the evolving character of our single malt.”

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