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Kilchoman Machir Bay

(70cl, 46%)

Kilchoman Machir Bay

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Kilchoman Machir Bay Bottling Note

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.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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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Kilchoman Machir Bay Reviews


This is a great dram no doubt, but do miss the oakyness of the 2013 predecessor.

18th December 2020

Makes for a lovely Old Fashioned

This is a go-to favorite of mine and it's presence on a bar usually signals a better than average scotch selection. Along with 12 year Caol Ila this sits prominently and perpetually half-full in my office. I like this neat or with a splash of water. Try this in an old fashioned - I don't think you'd regret it.

7th October 2020

very pleasant.

Based on smell, taste and drinkability, I can recommend this without hesitation.
Reading some of the negative comments below, I can only suggest that these people try adding cokeacola!!! Enough said.

14th September 2020

Reasonably good but Quarter Cask is better

It has been a while since I had a Kilchoman in my collection so seeing this in the sale made me think it was time to become reacquainted. yes, this is a decent NAS Islay malt @46% and non-chillfiltered. However, on the same evening I compared it to Laphroaig's Quarter Cask (which I bought for £33) - another NAS Islay malt this time @48% and ncf - and Quarter Cask, to my taste, was far superior. I'll enjoy the rest of my Kilchoman but next time I'll stick to the QC.

31st May 2020

Sufficiently different to ensure it’s market.

I’ve wanted to try this for quite some time, your recent offer made it a ‘must do’. I wasn’t disappointed, it’s an Islay, but not like any other. Notes of hazel nut/almond with an honey/Amaretto like finish, This is a bit special, the finish isn’t long lasting, but pleasant and satisfying. This is a very worthy addition to the Islay malts, and sufficiently different to generate its own following. Delicious!

30th May 2020

Classy but pricey

Spotted this in The Britannia pub, a short walk away from the Shard in London. Great pub with a huge range of whiskies, including this one. The merest splash of water opened it up, and there it was, smoky loveliness. Not overpowering or medicinal but smoky enough. A smashing dram, but at the price I would have been sneaped if it hadn't been. Lovely but fierce on the pocket.

27th February 2020

Brilliant drink

My husband, a long time Islay drinker, insists this is THE BEST one he has ever tasted.

13th February 2020

First dram is perfect but doesn't age as well

The first dram of this extraordinary, the smell, the colour, the taste. However, the second and third dram are less impressive. Something about it lingers a little 'thick' (for lack of a better word) in the mouth.

Still a cracker of a whiskey for the price, and a young distillery.

12th January 2020

A wonderful Islay dram.

Tastes warm and peaty. Not a lot of smoke on the nose but a little vanilla, and a touch of fruit. Nice finish with lots of peaty peppery goodness.

25th December 2019

a new word spoken on Islay - the latest distillery yet the most innovative

a 2-3 step beyond Islay's malts. Peat is gentle, and enhances the "basis", which reveals lots of parfums and flavours. A really different whisky, which confirms the Kilchoman's philosophy, a project well defined and better achieved. I tried the 100% Islay (either 8th Edition either Single Cask) and Sanaig, and all have a "soul", you feel (and taste) that Kilchoman's releases have something very special and different from the mass production which almost represents the whisky world today (production mostly for sales and profit = smooth and "sweet" malts everyone may like and buy). I thank KIlchoman owner who had the courage to start a new era and philosophy on whisky making, hoping he and his distillery would keep on making whiskies like the ones KIlchoman releases.

24th September 2019

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