70cl / 57.6%
10 Year Old TWE Exclusive
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
- Liquorice root
- Iodine (tcp)
Kilchoman 2006 Reviews
Tasting notes by Jack Hanlon (SDL)
Nose: This whisky greets you with a storm of sea spray and the classic peated vapour rub scent of Kilchoman. On a second sniff, there are subtle vanilla undertones and a warming scent of malted milk biscuits dunked into a fresh, smoky cup of lapsang souchong.
Palate: A beginning of cinnamon spice, clean-cut chilli and eucalyptus honey leads seamlessly to citrusy grassy notes and vanilla apple crumble.
Finish: Long anise spice and white pepper linger on the tongue helped by the rich oily texture.
Comment: Just like the balancing of salted caramel, Kilchoman has found a well-tamed marriage of sweet bourbon-cask vanilla with Islay's fresh sea-spray saltiness.
Tasting notes by Billy Abbott (TWE)
Nose: Sweet vanilla, oatcakes and barley sugar float on top of a sea of medicinal peat – Vicks Vaporub, TCP, freshly unwrapped bandages, sea spray, damp rocks and seaweed. Hints of spicy speculaas biscuits, candied lemon peel and gravelly smoke build as the whisky sits in the glass. Water brings out big green notes – damp autumn leaves and stacks of freshly cut grass – as well as more TCP.
Palate: Spicy, with green chilli and cinnamon leading the way to a rich and peaty centre of liquorice, honey and lemon Lockets, green eucalyptus and rich earthiness. As the spice calms on the palate, Granny Smith and Cox's apple give a sweet-and-sour character with a background of barrel char and burning leaves. It swims well, with a good slug of water holding back the initial spice and revealing more barley-sugar sweetness. The spice doesn't stay tamed for long, rolling back in with more leafy smoke and rich, smouldering peat.
Finish: Long and spicy, with a cinnamon-and-white-pepper tingling followed by damp leaves, aniseed, menthol and lingering Dutch liquorice – sweet with a touch of saltiness.
Comment: Age has started to mellow this dram, but not too much. It's distinctly Kilchoman, with cask-strength power but some of the smoke rolled back to reveal more medicinal peaty notes. A tasty milestone.