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Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Release

(70cl, 46%)

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Release

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Machir Bay 2014 Bottling Note

The 2014 release of Kilchoman's Machir Bay single malt Scotch whisky is here! For the third release in the series, Kilchoman have produced a vatting of 5 and 6 year old ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts. The Machir Bay releases show everyone how Kilchoman and their whisky is developing, and from this dashing Islay single malt, we'd say it's all going rather splendidly indeed.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Initial peat reek gives way to lemon zest (a touch of orange peel too), Viennese finger biscuits and green apple with hints a jam and white pepper. Sticking plasters develop.

Palate: Consistent peatiness interplays with more fruit on the palate with some raisin, cassis and sweet hazelnut (more Oloroso influence evident here) as well as underlying vanilla and winter spice.

Finish: Rolled oats, fruit tang and peat smoke.

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Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014 Release Reviews

Yikes -- Bad --

Very very bad -- I can't drink it - seems like it's cleaning fluid -- I don't trust it -- 2014 malt -- yikes -- Bad --

24th January 2018

Subtle for an Islay

Surprisingly subtle. Nicely peated and not so medicinal as most Islay Single Malts.
A gem in my opinion.

30th November 2016

Pleasantly surprised

I am a lover of peaty malts. This one delivers on the peat but there is enough complexity underneath to make you want to keep sipping to discover new flavors. Perhaps not the best value but unique enough to make it worthwhile

16th November 2016

Too damn expensive... However:

I love the Kilchoman whiskies! Machir Bay is in their lower price range, but still a great dram.

They seem to sell out fast, at least here in Denmark. My advice; if you like islay peat and smoke, and you come across Kilchoman - try them!

21st May 2016


Very very bad.... i drink a lot of scotch, well i guess everyone in a forum like this can admit that. Anyways, this smells and tastes like industrial cleaning agents. I like taking chances at the neighborhood liquor store with scotch and trying new things. I'm referring it so much right now

20th May 2016

To those who reviewed it badly.

You lot aren't adding water are you?

6th February 2016

Young and overpriced, but lovely

This would be a 4 to 5 star if it weren't overpriced. The guys tasting notes are near spot on.

6th February 2016

Did not like

It tasted like left over water from putting out a fire. Charred smoke. Just awful. Poured it out.

22nd January 2016

Forego the cigar...or maybe not?

Heavily charred roasted potato skin right off the campfire coals.
Forego the cigar...or maybe not depending on the cigar's compatibility with Kilchoman's rich peaty smoke.
An utterly satisfying smoky experience that stays and refuses to fade out. Wow, so delicious. Perversely versatile: try some over good vanilla ice cream.

7th January 2016


Crack open the bottle and cover the smoke detectors. It smells like asphalt meets a campfire. Taste? Not much better. Your nose is gone. Your tastebuds are gone. Astringent flavors, overwhelming smoke. There might be other flavors there, but they're so far buried under the lump of coal you're drinking you would never be able to tell.

9th December 2015

thin, oily, antiseptic cat piss

This stuff is crap

7th December 2015

Sleeping outside tonight . . .

Let me start with the bad: Wife sniffs it and, "I hope you don't plan on drinking that." "Too late." "You can sleep in the other room tonight." "Why?" "That is an 8 on the scale of horrible smells. It does not smell like something that should go in your body." "..." "It smells like a 7 on the road tarring scale."

My family has no appreciation for peat. On the otherhand, my daughter sniffed it and said, "Good!" Then proceeded to try and take a drink. I look forward to her being old enough to drink with me.

Let me start with the good by saying this is not Laphroaig, which is good, because too many people associate peat with Laphroaig.

Machir 2014 stands right up and singes the nose hairs, without apology. You have to keep the beak at a distance, unless you want to clear out a few nose hairs. With the right distance, the peat, defined by a sweet, earthy, smokiness, reminds me of smoked honey ham. With a bit more distance you call feel the saltiness balanced with light notes of cocoa butter. What a well done orchestra of smell. Unfortunately, the peatiness is hot enough that it is hard to pull out anything more than that without a lot of careful nasal time. To get more, we have to move onto retronasal olfaction.

Retronasal olfaction starts with a snip. This comes with a menthol burn at first, which mellows out to a tingle on the tongue, the lips, and the back of the throat. That tingle numbs the mouth to the peatiness, which instead gives you a meaty umami flavor, like a smoked rib - yum! Great galavanting salt, mellowing out with vanilla and fruit. Love it.

Big mistake: don't sniff in through the nose, with nose in glass, while drinking. Burns it clear out. Have to wait a bit before trying again. This time, hold the breath so it just lingers in. Enough to make it burn at the back of the nasal cavity, but not overpower.

Sip and breath out. Peat, smoke, sweet is at the back of the throat, courses up the nose. Moves toward the front. The retronasal on this is awesome. Sweet smoke, like walking away from a hickory campfire and into deep, softy, piney woods while on the coast. Amazing, brings memories forward. Well done, well balanced. This is when the charcoal seeps through with more vanilla, an ocean breeze, coffee, cake, is that a little cumin. Love it!

Aftertaste is very clean. The mouth feels good, but has that smokiness that lingers after a single puff of a cigar. A deep sweetness relaxes in the mouth and blooms as the menthol disappears.

I would buy a bottle of this, if it wouldn't result in me sleeping on the porch every night in the winter ... Oh well!

Final Note: I am doing the 2015 advent calendar. As a result, I get one drink at it to decide if I like it enough to buy more. Sometimes I need to drink something three or four times to make up my mind. Thus, my rating is based on a one-time drink experience.

7th December 2015


I've been wanting to try something from Kilchoman for a long time now, so I'm very excited about this. I'm a big lover of Connemara peated whiskey so I have high hopes for this.

I could smell this all day long. The peat reminds me of home. There's some fruity thing going on in there as well.

I'm very surprised by this. I thought it was too young, but it's not at all. This is very light, it's already quite soft. It's oily, smooth, vanilla and some sort of spice. Peat of course.

It's a short finish as expected. Peat and fruit.

I'm very surprised at how good this is. A solid 8/10 from me. Amazing work.

7th December 2015


I love whiskey, I really do, and I have a pretty broad tolerance for different flavors. This is the first time I have ever not been able to take more than one sip. Tastes like turpentine and feet.

7th December 2015


Tastes like antiseptic wipes..... Awful

6th December 2015

Let's see in another 5 years

Not bad per say, the "sticking plaster" tasting note is right on, very phenolic. Peat smoke, earth, very woody, not in a bad way just...not ready. I get that new distilleries have to sell these sorts of blends while waiting for the real thing to be ready to make ends meet, but Islay scotches need time. And this one's time has not yet come. 5-7 more years? We might have something very interesting indeed.

6th December 2015

I'll keep looking....

I must be missing something. I love a good whisky but i cant get in to this one. Medicinal, chemical tones ruin it for me. Very smokey...fine. Flavours seem to be fighting each other. Perhaps someone in need of a change from the usual would appreciate it more.

6th November 2015

getting better and better

I have been following this malt since first edition at 6 year old it is a treat please keep up the good work

4th November 2015

One of the best

This is a fine complex whisky. I am a huge Islay fan. This is Ardbeg Uigeadail slightly toned down. Uigeadail is all time favourite. But this is very special. Love it.

13th October 2015


I love my Islay scothes and was excited to finally find this in a store. The nose is a sweet smoke and the taste is the same. This reminds me of Ardbeg Uigeadail. My first sip felt like I was drinking a Caol Ila and then Uigedail. This has a very long finish that you can enjoy the whole night.

27th September 2015

Superbly complex

A hugely complex array of flavours, not for the novice. Anyone looking for something interesting, stimulating, deeper on the senses... give this a try. To those below who did not like it, stick to bourbon and coke or a supermarket blend for your once a year tipple.

29th August 2015

Another Islay gem

Very nice. Enjoyed it immensely.

15th May 2015


Clean, can tell they put their heart into this release. High quality start to fin...Just finishing up my 1st bottle and will be getting more. Starts out great, opens up beautifully. Maritime all the way, nicely peated yet clean and crisp. Iodine with long-grain buttered rice on the finish...a most welcome addition to Islay. The quality of the malt is excellent, they know how to grow their grains- and well...need I say more?

9th March 2015


When you open the bottle you get an overpowering smell of some kind of disinfectant. The taste is exactly as the smell would suggest. Have had three tries at drinking this stuff and even my son, who also enjoys a good whiskey said he couldn't drink it.
Had high hopes, having read some reviews but if you take a dram "purely for medicinal purposes", then this would be your poison but may be better applied topically rather than swallowed.

1st March 2015

Fantastic Islay Malt!

Truly one of my favorite single malts, and another from great one from Islay! if you like peat, you'll love this whisky!

20th February 2015

Very special indeed

Tried a drop of this for a gift last summer, it stayed with me to say the least. Received a bottle at christmas and wow! This is better than I remember. Fresh islay crisp air in a glass. Can't wait to sample this years offer. If this is the start. Something truly special in the series to come. Ray.

10th January 2015

getting there

I am About to start my third bottle of Machir Bay and it is growing on me
all my favourite malts are from Islay I think this will be up among the best of Islay offerings

19th December 2014


-I had never heard of Kilchoman until I tried the mini airplane bottles on special for $12 at a premium shop in Los Angeles. I instantly fell in love with this Beautiful spirit called Machir Bay. I have already purchased 3 750ml bottles in the last 2 months. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS.
Bright, Sea Summer Sky, Salt Air in Atlantic Sunny Day, Warm complexity of deep notes of being on a beach as a kid. If there ever was a Scotch that will just blow your mind. This is it. PERIOD. 10/10.

14th December 2014

Not ready.

It's certainly very peaty and ... erm, not a lot else. Reminds me of Ledaig which is less than half the price. Halfway through my bottle now and it remains pleasant but has not improved. I will wait a few years before trying another.

6th December 2014

Truly exceptional

The Kilchoman founder, Anthony Wills, is an Englishman. I guess all the Scots needed to go from making very good whisky to making exceptional whisky, is an Englishman to show them what to do.

14th October 2014


I've been a fan if Islays for some time. But, till yesterday, not tried a Kilchoman. This a fabulous, even better than Ardbeg! Very drinkable, in fact too drinkable

13th October 2014

Lovely young dram

Tremendous value- complex full upfront flavour, long peaty finish. This really grew on me

5th August 2014

Something very special about this

Haven't tried the 2012 or 2013 but decided to give this a go, given the excellent reviews the 2012 got. An amazing experience, I'm a lover of Islays finest and rarely stray from them. Amazed by the composition of this. One of the best palates I've had for a very long time and much peatier on the nose than expected, although very welcome. Takes a teaspoon of water very well. Hard to find words that do it justice, simply awesome...

12th July 2014


Just purchased my third bottle of this - its that good! This one should really shake up the more established Islay malts. I guarantee you wont be dissapointed with this one

24th June 2014

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