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Kilchoman Machir Bay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 46%
Anthony Wills, Managing Director of Kilchoman adds “Machir Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches on Islay, close to the distillery. This expression will give continuity of supply to our customers around the world. Each year we will add more mature malt to the vatting.”
The house style tends towards a sweet, fruity and smoky malt.
Tasting note: Pale straw colour with a water like hue. Powerful opening scents of lanolin like peat, brine and white pepper. Second pass brings out hints of ripe citrus peel. Several minutes later fruit and nut chocolate comes to the fore. Typically complex. The palate is drier than the nose suggests, showing excellent concentration and lively spices. Citrus peel and dried fruit compete with lanolin and brine. Terrific balance. Concludes fresh, tangy, mildly peppery with a subtle kippery aftertaste. Invigorating and impressive. More peat than previous Kilchoman releases? 46% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews...Awarded Best Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Non Age Statement at the IWSC 2016.A nose of sweet peat and vanilla, undercut by brine, kelp and black pepper. Filled ashtrays in time. A smooth mouth-feel, with lots of nicely-balanced citrus fruit, peat smoke and Germolene on the palate. The finish is relatively long and sweet, with building spice, chili and a final nuttiness. An Islay classic in the making. 46% Alc./Vol. - www.whisky-pages.com ... I detect strong and defined notes of dried bay leaf, seaweed, cabbage, starch, and dry stone — it’s a bone dry, herbal, vegetal aroma pointing to a maritime location on Islay; secondary whiffs pick up sandy beach, arid calcareous soil/limestone, hemp/rope, textile fiber, shellfish. Entry is piquant, intensely nutty, slightly prickly, with tastes of dill, brine, pickles, almond paste, sea salt, and it’s so acidic that it cleanses the palate; midpalate highlights the salinity, dill and almond in a wonderful display of melded flavors that lead into the finish, which is medium long, vegetal, ultra-clean, tight, and efficiently delicious. This whisky has no rough edges or wasted traits or twists and turns. A nimble, compact Islay malt that’s economically forward and seaside-splendid. Highly Recommended - www.spiritjournal.com