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Machir Bay is a gorgeous sherry-finished malt from Islay's newest distillery, Kilchoman. This was released in 2012 and is made up of 60% 3 year old, 35% 4 year old and 5% 5 year old whisky. All were aged in first fill bourbon barrels, before vatting and finishing in an Oloroso sherry butt for two months.
Nose: Smoked and malty nose with notes of cured ham, oysters with lemon and red wine vinegar, a touch of TCP and citrus zest.
Palate: Oaky and bittersweet with black pepper, toffee apples, dark chocolate, aniseed and warm, spicy peat. Very complex, with a development of star anise.
Finish: Very long and salty with sticking plasters and blackcurrant.
Overall: Not the peatiest of the Kilchomans, but certainly one of the most complex - really very good indeed.
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I was a lucky enough gal to get an advent calendar from my father from Masters of Malt, and it included this exquisite single malt from a distillery I had never heard of before. I was skeptical and dubious due to it's very light colour and unknown name. But I was floored and amazed at it as soon as I opened the dram, it's scent wafted up and poked me right on the nose and I couldn't wait to delve in. Needless to say, that so far this is the most wonderful of the bunch (though I am only 6 days in) and it's peaty nature, along with the lemony anise and subtle chocolate notes were amazingly complex. Every time it rolled across my tongue, I feel like I noted another wonderful note combination and I savoured every drop. Thanks Dad and Masters of Malt!
7th December 2015
Never tasted anything like it out off this world never go near another malt again. PS Thanks.
31st July 2013
I can't believe that 3yo was as good as it is. This still tastes a bit "young" but I can't wait to taste Kilchoman 10+ yo version of this.
24th May 2013
Reminds me Ardbeg Uigeadail, except there is some rough edges because of very young age. This will be a amazing stuff in 10-12 year old.
16th March 2013
Lovely dram, has the roughness you would expect from such a young whisky, but there is a lot of promise there. I would like to correct the "Bottling note" from above. This isn't a mix of ages, it is a 3yo finished in sherry casks. At least, that is what my bottle, bought from here, says!
3rd January 2013
Kilchoman are firing out great quality whiskies and Machir Bay is a dream. A lovely sweet bbq nose and dark chocolate alongside punchy peat and citrus. Amazing stuff and full credit to the hardworking team at Kilchoman
20th October 2012