Kilchoman Machir Bay 2016

70cl / 46%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Kilchoman Machir Bay 2016
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The 2016 bottling is the fifth release of Kilchoman's ongoing Machir Bay. It's a vatting of whisky matured in first-fill bourbon casks for around six years, married and then finished in oloroso sherry butts before bottling.

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  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Black Pepper Black Pepper
  • Lemon Lemon
  • Apple Apple
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Toffee Toffee

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2016 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by The Whisky Exchange

    Nose: Clean and fruity, with wood smoke, barley and lemon oil followed by vanilla and toffee.

    Palate: Alive with zesty citrus, aromatic peat, vanilla fudge, apple, pear and black pepper.

    Finish: Rich wood smoke balanced by clean citrus notes.

  • Tasting Notes by Stuart P

    Nose: Enticing aromas of wood smoke, barley and lemon oil. Clean and fruity, with richness in the form of vanilla custard and toffee.

    Palate: Whistle-clean, this is alive with zesty citrus fruit and aromatic peat with the balancing sweetness of vanilla fudge along with notes of apple and pear and a sprinkling of black pepper.

    Finish: The rich wood smoke is well balanced by the clean citrus notes.

    Comment: Lip smacking and refreshing, this is a delicious Islay single malt that is not only clean and fruity, but has the classic Islay peat character. A great introduction to Islay whisky.

12 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    24 July 2018

    A wonderful offering from a young new distillery. A perfect balance of peat, sweet and zesty citrus. Kilchoman seems to be doing things right.

  • 5
    27 March 2018

    Complex, elaborate, strong yet elegant Islay type wisky. Definitely one of my very favourites in this sector !...

  • 4
    4 September 2017

    excellent whisky, would've rated it 4,5 stars if i could..

  • 3
    14 August 2017

    Very good. Layered. Starting with a striking smoke which is reducing as the grain spirit takes more space on the palate. It shows little oak though and is a pretty nervous dram. Slight more time in the wood would perhaps bring another star to it.

  • 5
    8 August 2017

    Lovely whisky - surprisingly refreshing with a beautiful, smoky nose.

  • 5
    6 August 2017

    The Best

  • 5
    21 June 2017

    Its beautiful peaty and full of citrus aroma and taste. Wery nice islay whisky. One of the best i had.

  • 4
    4 February 2017

    Just a little bit to much smoke and peat for me but ok with a cigar

  • 4
    25 January 2017

    Surprising amount of smoke and peat taste deapite light color and zesty citrus nose

  • 5
    10 December 2016

    A lovely dram. The smoke hits before smooth sweet flavours kick in along with a dash of spice. The finish is long and smokey and very pleasant. I hope to come back to this again

  • 5
    5 December 2016

    As a massive fan of Islay malts, I had never tried anything from Kilchoman before. Machir Bay was my first introduction and I have to say it stands out as a great balance of many of my personal favourite characteristics of a peated whisky. Non chill filtered and natural colouring help assert an authenticity to the brand too.

  • 5
    21 November 2016

    Simply a beautiful introduction to Islays wonderful malts, this is to my mind and taste one of Islays best, very clean slightly zesty but with a beautifully balanced peaty note indicative of all good islay malts. All in all a wonderful whisky.