Kilchoman’s Summer 2010 release is in at last! This sprightly 3 year old was matured entirely in fresh bourbon barrels (which is a first for Kilchoman; the previous trio were all at least partially matured in sherry).
Here are our thoughts…
Nose: The top note on the nose is the Hovis factory in Gateshead on fire; huge toasty malted dough verging on fresh sliced wholemeal bread with cracking malt. This then rapidly develops into spruce sap and pine needles. Sweet and pungent with a white pepper tang. As it lingers and develops in the glass elements of seasonal veg and pan fried scallops come in. After a short time the high phenol complexity starts to release autumn fruits, crisp cox apples, limes and a mild element of Lanark Blue made by Humphrey Errington in Scotland!
Palate: Turkish baths, fresh eucalyptus, mild peppermint menthol and greenness are invoked on the first of many sips. This sweeps backwards on the palate and forms a viscount biscuit sweetness. Milk chocolate, malt biscuit crunch and mild creamy mint. This dram triggers a good amount of salivation.
Finish: Crisp and clean, with a medium finish. Would be a great whisky with food and, despite the high phenol count, we would place this with a starter.
You can even buy a sample…
– The Chaps at Master of Malt –