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Kilchoman Sanaig

(70cl, 46%)

Kilchoman Sanaig

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Kilchoman Sanaig Bottling Note

A handsome release from Islay's newest distillery, Kilchoman Sanaig is an enjoyably peaty single malt which has been vatted from both bourbon and Sherry casks. It's named after a small, rocky creek rather near the distillery on the west coast of the island. Look out for plenty of fruit and earthy peat coming through on this one, with a touch of dark chocolate-covered raisins.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Pineapple chunks and white grapes. Hints of fresh coffee carry the earthy, subtly spicy peat. Toffee cubes.

Palate: More light fruits (this time of the peach variety), with dark chocolate raisins and a whisper of red berries. Peat grows and grows, with a little black pepper too.

Finish: Quite long with coastal peat lasting.

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Kilchoman Sanaig Reviews


Just received my bottle from Master of Malt , what can I say , for a no age statement the colour is remarkable , I guess the sherry cask maturation Is quite long and the bourbon cask pretty short but taste wise it's very good ,dark fruits ,slight citrus ,chocolate ,smoke, decent finish , great stuff.

6th May 2021

Rich and intresting

Really intresting, can't figure anything I've tried that tastes like this..

18th March 2021

The best Kilchoman

This is a fantastic whiskey, complex, solid, sherry cask background. layers of peat and harmonious smuchinous. Get this thing its one of their cheapest and the best of their good selection and I've got most of them and none are bad.

21st December 2020


You can really taste the elements of this fantastic whisky. A full, rich, spicy, peaty mouthful. It’s assertive and demands your attention. It’s getting better and better the further down the bottle I’m drinking. The quality of the ingredients and care put into making this spirit shine through. Excellent.

23rd September 2020

Pleasant enough but in a competitive sector of the market

Peaty notes take time to emerge, but earthy in nature.
Initial hot is from the Olorosso sherry cask with the American White Oak hidden for a while, but vanilla starts to emerge. The colour betrays the dominant assertive nature of the Quercus Robur cask, with the high porosity initially overwhelming all else. Usual sultanas raisins dried apricots, apples, pineapple, banana, dried orange and lemon peel. Currants and figs also. American Oak difficult to identify sometimes.
Can't say this is well balanced but it is pleasant and very sweet. Salty taste initially accompanied by spices. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Certainly mouth coating.
Finish is very nice, sweet yet peaty and earthy.

12th August 2020


Opens with delicious rich, raisiny, coffee/chocolatey notes, warm and spicy in the palate with a superb peppery sweetness building with dark chocolate pudding flavours and finishes long with spice, pepper and creamy, smokey oak vanilla. Quite fantastical!

9th August 2020

Superb no age peated whisky

a superb peated whisky. It have a wonderful and very rounded palate.

7th August 2020

Very nice but not the best in its class.

Darkness of colour suggest Oloroso cask ACE, especially since NCA, not sweet, waxy oily enough IMO for PX.
Viscous, reflecting NCF.
Peat initially, but not overwhelmingly so. Keeps waxing and waning in peatiness. Occasional hint of smoked meat but again dissipates rather rapidly.
Certainly chocolate, raisins, hint of pineapples.
Youthfulness shows through as slight hint of acetic acid but rapidly
15 minutes airing the raisins sultanas and figs all strengthens as the peatiness recedes.
Very nice, but has to compete with Ardbeg Uigeadail. For me, the latter wins.
Still very pleasant.

27th June 2020

Young but full and satisfying peat.

Very good.
Kilchoman have at least two things going for them with this dram: First a full bodied peat, that's very welcoming and avoids the stingy and stinkier peat notes that some young whiskeys have. Second, a very careful cask selection of good active casks, that seem to really add a lot of good flavor and fullness. This was made by a perfectionist and easily worth the relatively high price-point.

5th June 2020

Kilchoman - a brilliant new age on Islay

Sanaig is a sherry expression released by Kilchoman. I suggest to get it together with a bottle of Machir Bay, which is actually the counterpart of Sanaig (in the sense that whereas Sanaig is a sherry expression, Machir Bay is more on the "bourbon side"). Both are lovely, and it's really nice to switch between a sip of each other. If then you want to go over, try also Kilchoman 100% Islay (made with Rockside Farm barley and entirely processed at Kilchoman's). You will get the idea of how in this world dominated by profit someone can still think about a different philosophy pointing to creativity and making something special starting from the raw material (barley and malting) and further processing technique. I love all Islay malts but Kilchoman to me is the most interesting and worthy distillery

24th September 2019

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