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).
We’ve already reviewed the Autumn 2009 Release and Spring 2010 Release and we loved them both, so we’ve got high expectations for this one.
Here are our thoughts…
Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release
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 –