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Kilchoman Spring 2011 Release Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 46%
Beginning production in December 2005, this miniscule operation (one of Scotland’s smallest) is the first distillery to be built on Islay for over 120 years. The venture was the idea of a wine and spirit merchant, Anthony Wills who moved to Islay in 2000 after marrying a local. While Kilchoman is remarkably contemporary, it’s most notable for its adherence to old fashioned methods. There’s justification for Kilchoman’s slogan of “Taking whisky back to it’s roots”. It is essentially a ‘farm distillery’, as many were in the early nineteenth century. Just about everything to do with whisky production happens on site. Even the majority of the barley is grown and malted by the distillery - highly unusual nowadays when most are either purchasing barley from around Scotland or importing the raw materials. (Kilchoman do also purchase heavily peated malt (50ppm) from the Port Ellen Maltings on Islay). 80% of Kilchoman’s whisky sees maturation in x-Bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace distillery with the remainder aged in Oloroso Sherry butts from Spain. The house style tends towards a sweet, fruity and smoky malt.
Other reviews... A marriage of 3 and 4 year old whisky aged in first-fill bourbon barrels, with the 4 year old portion being finished in oloroso sherry casks. Among the best of the Kilchoman releases to date. The first-fill bourbon packs a flavor punch, while the sherry softens, rounds, and adds complexity. Barrel char, burnt raisin, boat dock, and tarry rope, softened by caramel and enhanced with notes of tropical fruit. Surprisingly mature for its age and very distinctive. Non chill filtered. 89 points - www.maltadvocate.com, (Vol. 20, #3) Reviewed by John Hansellsize>
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