Kilchoman Readies Fourth Edition Of 100% Islay Expression - The Whiskey Wash

Kilchoman Readies Fourth Edition Of 100% Islay Expression

By Nino Marchetti / May 9, 2014

10300232_687388047975100_2174615779896276125_nThe Kilchoman distillery in Islay is known, among other things, for being one of the only to do most to all of its production process on site. This barley to bottling approach has helped create a raft of fans for this operation, and now the latest whisky set for release May 12 from them is the fourth edition of its limited 100 percent local barley offering.

Known as 100% Islay 4th Edition, the barley for this expression “is grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled at Kilchoman,” making for what the distillery says is “a unique character.” It is only lightly peated compared to other Kilchoman offerings, and is bottled at 50% ABV.

Pricing for around $110 USD per bottle, the fourth edition draws from 40 first fill bourbon, 32 five year old and 8 four year old barrels. Tasting notes from the distillery are below. It is the third major release for Kilchoman for this year, following on the heels of its Loch Gorman offering as well as a travel retail release.

Nose: Subtle, light smoke, pear drops and citrus fruit.

Palate: Long and sweet with light smokiness going on and on.