It’s always fun getting a sample of a Kilchoman single cask by surprise. That’s exactly what happened last week, when a wee samples arrived courtesy of the famous whisky fairy. I was not aware of this new cask bottle for Abbey whisky, and later that day sat to explore it. The “dry” facts say it’s 5 years old , distilled in 2009, matured for over four and a half years in a fresh bourbon barrel before being transferred to a Pedro Ximénez cask for a further four months maturation. It’s been a while since I’ve tried a PX finished Kilchoman and this was going to be an interesting one , for sure.
Nose: rRich and thick. Sweet and very peaty. A good balance of sherry and peat. Hot cinnamon pepper and vanilla with a gentle earthiness.
Palate: Earthy and peppery on entry with a lot – and I mean a lot of thick sherry sweetness. This is a Peated candy. Burnt sugar. Dates and sultanas. Huge alcohol bite. Mouth watering stuff for the peat lover. Amen. A bit of water (it takes water rather well) makes it even sweeter and more earthy.
Finish: Very long : sweet smoke. Peat reek. Sugar. Leather. Tobacco leaves.
Spectacular young Kilchoman. I love the sherry effect here. Sweet and wonderful. Clearly an after meal winter dram.
Another cracking youngster from Kilchoman, not surprising as I quite love this distillery. 80 quid for a 5 year old may seem a lot to some, but with current whisky prices, and the demand for Kilchoman, a single cask for this price is not cheap wherever you go. Highly recommended for peat heads who enjoy sherry too.
Official sample provided by Abbey Whisky