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Kilchoman's Machir Bay is an excellent single malt Scotch whisky from the isle of Islay. The distillers use whisky which has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts, resulting in a well-balanced flavour profile, with highlights of vanilla biscuits, light fruit and wafts of warm peat smoke. A top expression from Islay's farm distillery.
Nose: Citrus zests, crumbly vanilla biscuits and layers of elegant peat smoke.
Palate: A generous burst of tropical fruit and dried raisin opens the palate. Warming smoke continues to waft playfully.
Finish: Sherried fruits and sprinkle of cracked black pepper.
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Great on all fronts, and a bargain for the money. A lot of warmth makes it past the peat, without obscuring the medicinal aspects of the palate. Nose is very akin to a well-made Smoky Bear cocktail. Nice satisfying mouthfeel and finish. Tropical notes abound, with vanilla, biscuit and pepper. Buy it, don't waste your time saving a few quid buying anything cheaper from Islay. Ardbeg and Kilchoman are where it's at.
21st April 2017
Almost as good as Ardbeg Uigeadail. Natural color, non-chill filtered, 46 and so smooth and oily. Amazing dram!
15th April 2017
By far the favorite whiskey in my cabinet. Warm, peaty, and welcoming. A complex blend of sensations from fruit and vanilla to pepper, with a peaty theme to tie it together. It invites you to slow down and think.
4th April 2017
I need to be sincere, I'm a real Islay fan and I tasted many expressions of these whiskyes but Kilchoman is going very far from the other. People looks at marketing, names and so on. Khilchoman is the best Islay whisky, I hope it will remain the same farm distillery.
21st February 2017
This whisky has something that big companies could not give to their whisky, and it is the real taste of something made by hands. You could recognize in its flavour this difference, this whisky is true, genuine, perfect. Thank you Kilchoman, go ahead like this!
20th February 2017
Nothing special. Better Lagavulin or Caol Ila.
17th February 2017
Does it all. Light, rollercoaster of various flavors that don't stop coming. Easy in, easy finish. I usually like speysides, but this by far is my go to favorite. New kid on the block is also the king
22nd December 2016
I visited Kilchoman in the summer of 2009 before they produced their first whisky. They sold samplers of 1 and 2 year old raw spirit which were Islay Rocket Fuel at their best. The Machir Bay lives up to this potent legacy with a nose like burnt cookies (I mean that as a compliment) with a saline hint--nothing on Islay is that far from the sea--with a boldly peaty palate that rivals the older Islay distilleries mixed with some fruitiness, ending with this smoky sweet finish, almost like a mild cigar in taste and a lingering smokiness. A wee bit of water softens the blow for those not acquainted with Islay whiskies or those who are willing to give them a try those does not diminish the experience. This dram brings me back to An Taigh Osda and makes me long for Islay. Perhaps Feis Ile in 2017.
8th December 2016
Smooth, peaty, and delicious. My favorite out of the calendar, so far. I loved it so much I bought a bottle!
5th December 2016
smokey with citrus, also a little bit buttery. the smoke worked well with the other flavors and didn't overpower... this is actually my favorite advent dram so far. Definitely would drink again.
4th December 2016
It is for sure pleasant, well balanced between the smoke and the citrus. The vanilla bit is quite interesting and rather original. It reminds me strongly of "smokey Joe", the vanilla on top of it. It is quite a good value for your money but if you can put more there are some stuff around (Lagavulin Distillers Edition, Smokey Joe) with greater complexity.
Loved the fact that this delivered a peaty punch! Well rounded with a vanilla extract aroma. I had it in a dram with a tinny titch of water rounding it out. I highly recommend!
High quality tasting whisky. Love the medicinal attributes, 100% win!
11th October 2016
Fantasy in yellow peat 😍Rich full pallete of fruit, barley and peatLove it
4th October 2016
This is a very nice whisky from Islay's newest distillery. Probably behind Loch Gorm in overall, but has a strong peaty flavour and slight antisceptic odour when neat. Add a little water and it becomes magnificent and left me craving for more. I'm off to Islay in February where I will hopefully drown in the fine stuff.
13th July 2016
Wow, buy one it´s just great!
15th May 2016
After one week of oxidation the malt has developed with underflavorings of butterscotch, cream, and, yes, beautiful vanilla.I cannot wait to hear from the age statements that this company will make in a couple of years. I fully plan on following these guys for every year and every bottling that I can get my hands on. This stuff is gold, and will rival even the best islays one has ever had in a couple of years.
4th April 2016
So this is the last of the Islay distilleries I haven't tried and I am a die hard Islay whisky fan so this is very exciting but also kind of bitter sweet because there aren't anymore to try but oh well I just need to try all of their bottling a I guess. Alright here we go ,right away love the smell peaty and oceanic the way whisky should be ,little fumey tho I'm assuming this is kind of young but it will probly get better in the next couple weeks. After sitting in the glass for a minute some vanilla and citrus notes appear time to taste, peaty but not ultra peaty like ardbeg or Laga but close enough to let you know it's an Islay , the peat fades to seaweed and limestone also slightly minty/herbal with a unique citrus flavor on the aftertaste almost reminds me of a slightly watered down coryvreckan. Giving it an 8 because it's a little young but for its age probly best whisky I have tried can't wait to try older offerings from Kilchoman in the future they are gonna be around a long time if they keep making stuff this good. The sugarbear
31st March 2016
What a great islay. Although from what I understand, kilchomin isn't technically on the Isle of islay. Nevertheless this is one that give other islays a run for their money. Kilchomin come out swinging with this expressionNose- the vanilla bisquits and Sherri ed fruit ARe very pronounced from a distance. As I get closer the peat notes waft in and grab you by the horns. Feels as of I am sitting by a warm fire in a leather chintz chair, and enjoying Sherried fruits with a nice pipe tobacco wafting through the air. Pungent, but delicious. Palate- the peat takes over pretty fast but subsides to a nice sherry flavor with hints of bourbon sweetness. Absolutely delicious. The taste if peat lingers and makes me want more.
24th March 2016
One of the best
3rd March 2016
Can't say enough about this single malt, definately gives the more established Islay malts a good run for there money! It's top of the list for me know!
29th February 2016
I'm a bourbon fan, but this this single malt could convert me. The smoke flavor from the char of the bourbon barrels is front and center. Like sitting by a fire on a fall evening.
30th December 2015