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Machir Bay 2013
Produced at the artisan farm distillery Kilchoman, Machir Bay 2013 is a delicious vatting of five year old bourbon-matured whisky, and four year old bourbon-matured and Oloroso-finished malt. The 2012 edition was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition. We're predicting big things from this one.
Nose: A smoky, smouldering nose with sticking plasters, marmalade, lemon zest and hints of white wine.
Palate: Sherried and oaky palate with notes of cracked black pepper, butterscotch and apple peel. Cocoa butter, star anise and peat smoke.
Finish: A long, spiced finish. Hints of iodine and cassis.
Overall: A rich, intense whisky with a great deal of complexity.
First try at Kilchoman
I am just starting with whiskies, have tasted some Laphroaigs like qc, 10yo etc, Ardbegs like Uigeadail, 10yo and Caol ila 12yo to name few. This is the first and only bottle I've bought so far and I have to say it's the best I've got into my mouth. So smooth and sweet with just enough smokiness. Very good for the price, I recommend if you still find this somewhere.
26th October 2014
9th October 2014
After big words of my friends after visiting the distillery, this one was on my list...and it does'nt disappoint.
Openening with the smell of and old Islay fisherman's wife's spice rack with open pepper-shakers comes to mind...but then the 10 year old sherry in the cabinet of that fishermans that has been influenced by the smoke of his vintage pipe takes the upperhand...lingering to sweets dish that was since ever on the table of the pipe-smoke filled living room.
The finish has a mouthfull of iron and a fruity desert.
I'm sold...time to sourche a few other bottlings.
19th June 2014
The "vintage doll" review pretty much hits the nail on the head as far as this one goes, way better than the official "Tasting Note" above. While peaty, it's a bit livelier(?) than the traditional, southern Islay malts. But the liveliness is a bit of a guilty pleasure too, as there's some reminiscence of "Hot Damn" and other various coming-of-age liqueurs to be noted. Definitely worth a try, but probably not a staple. Certainly curious to see what else comes out of this distillery though.
12th June 2014
Has quite a different personality from other Islay scotchs. Quite an interesting experience, I highly recommend the experience!