Feis Ile 2013: Day 6 (Kilchoman) – Kikkoman VS Kilchoman


– He came from the planet of soy.


– The cool guy…


– Kikkoman!
…but who’s this foreigner disrupting the established order of things? Kilcho–man?! I guess we’ll just have to settle this the Harry Hill way…

Kilchoman vs Kikkoman



You’ll need to watch this to have any clue what’s going on here!

So with oysters… which to use?


Round 1: Kikkoman VS Kilchoman Machir Bay on oysters – Fight!!!

Ben eating oysters

Kikkoman or Kilchoman? Place your bets now!

We have a split decision ladies and gentlemen! The judge from England sees this round going to the soy sauce whilst the judge from Maryland has the Single Malt Scotch Whisky just ahead, what a suckers! It therefore all comes down to the judge from New York, who has marked her scorecard in favour of… Kikkoman!

Kikkoman 1 – 0 Kilchoman

– Gotta have soy sauce on oysters.

– Thank you, Kikkoman!

Ben eating a burger

– Which to use on burger, dammit?
– I SAID… gotta have soy sauce for burger, too!

How though, do they fare in a tasting situation?

Kilchoman and Kikkoman tasting

Round 2: Kikkoman VS Kilchoman Tasting – Fight!!!

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2013 bottling

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2013 – 60.1% abv


Kilchoman’s festival release is a vatting of casks 246 and 247, ex-bourbon casks where maturation took place for a period of 5 years. 500 bottles were produced.

Tasting note for Kilchoman Feis Ile 2013

Nose: Cookie dough, lime curd, custard. Fizzy apple sweets, cloudy lemonade.

Palate: Spirituous blueberry pancakes.

Finish: A touch of ice cream and peat.


Fizzy Apple sweets

Tingly, fruity, creamy.

Kilchoman Loch Gorm

Kilchoman Loch Gorm – 46% abv


‘Loch Gorm’ is Kilchoman’s new sherry matured range and 10,000 bottles of this first edition have been released. It is aged for 5 years in Oloroso butts before a finishing period of 2 months in Oloroso hogsheads.

Tasting note for Kilchoman Loch Gorm

Nose: Soy! How appropriate! A little honeycomb polish, burnt raisins, flour and even mushroom. Perhaps a hint of lemon.

Palate: Sweet wine, a little thin. Some old rich wood develops (as well as damp wood?) and clove.

Finish: Peppered without being too hot, a little peat, dark wood and spices.

Overall: For its age, this is tremendous sherried hooch.

Kikkoman soy sauce

Kikkoman Soy Sauce


Kikkoman soy sauce is brewed naturally over several months and is made of soybean, wheat, salt and water.

Tasting note for Kikkoman

Nose: Mushroom pinwheels! Deep savoury, saltiness – delicious!

Palate: Woah! BIG hit of umami! Struggling not to screw up my face, that’s punchy!

Finish: Brine and a little truffle. I don’t feel great.


Umami. Although as a beverage it’s… challenging.


I’m afraid there’s only one of those that I wouldn’t happily drink another glass of…


Kikkoman 1-1 Kilchoman

Kikkoman angry

This round goes to Kilchoman!


So who wins overall? We have it as a draw, what does your scorecard say?

It shouldn’t need pointing out of course that Japan does also make some of the best whiskies in the entire world, but some people do take their soy sauce pretty seriously! Don’t believe me? Watch this video and just imagine they’re talking about a malt whisky distillery at certain points:

Make haste slowly.

Kikkoman angry

…and finally, here’s a handsomely scarfed Poochie!



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3 comments on “Feis Ile 2013: Day 6 (Kilchoman) – Kikkoman VS Kilchoman”

  1. Lozzer says:


    Just a note, Loch Gorm is Kilchoman’s second sherry cask release; the first was a 5yo matured in Oloroso casks, bottled in 2012 and called the Sherry Cask release. Apparently 6000 bottles, sold out in 5 minutes and it was ACE.

    Excellent remote controlled cask by the way 🙂

  2. Argh! Right you are Sir. Right you are.

    The Caol Ila cask [i]is[/i] ace – I think Ben’s seriously considering one with a petrol engine for next year!

  3. Lozzer says:

    That would be coool- however my mate had a nitro car and it got up to about a million mph- not good if old ladies and dogs are about..!

    I’ve always thought that if i came into any serious money and didn’t have to work, i would spend my time and cash on hairbrained and dastardly schemes just for a laff. Sadly it’s not happened yet, however petrol powered casks would be just the sort of thing to keep my idle thumbs busy (on a related note i once saw a jet powered dodgem car) :O

    However, i keep looking out at lochindaal and thinking it would be good to "adapt" a dining set using whisky barrels on the legs, more barrels for chairs and have a dinner party at sea on a nice day (oooh! water ski-ing waiters!!). Once i get my shed sorted………

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