Kilchoman Machir Bay
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.
Mr J. Brown.
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