The winter tasting at De Whiskykoning is almost the only time during the year that I drink Kilchoman. I’m not sure why, but this distillery hasn’t really connected with me yet. I do have a few bottles at home, including the inaugural from 2009, but I’ve only had one glass of it yet.
I did even buy a lot of their initial seasonal releases (the first four or so) but apart from this inaugural and the fourth one, which was from a bourbon cask, I sold them all. I just couldn’t be bothered.
According to the almighty interwebz the Loch Gorm, 100% Islay releases and whichever series they’re running currently (the amount of series from this distillery is almost like Highland Park’s!) are pretty great, which makes me want to try them, but not buy them. And since I never come across samples…
Anyway, a beast of a 5 year old, at 60.1% ABV should get things going, I guess. Let’s see what I thought.
It’s a lot more gentle than I expected. Still fierce, but not as sharp as many 60% whiskies can be. Sweet with some peat, but also not overly smoky. Grass, dried flowers and quite a lot of yellow fruit: apple, pear, banana.
Here the ABV is more clearly present, but I still wouldn’t have guessed this to be at 60%, more like 55% or so. Sweet and syrupy with banana and sweet, ripe pear. Pear drops, grass. It just keeps building in power though.
Here it gets more sweet even, although a bit more generic as well. Dried flowers, long and lightly smoky. Some salt too.
While this is quite a bit lower on the vanilla, and has more fruitiness, this still is fairly similar in profile as yesterday’s Bowmore. The same slightly floral lightly peated young whisky. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it just occurred to me.
Anyway, a nice dram but again, not overly spectacular. It tastes more mature than a regular 5 year old though. I guess this is kind of common for Kilchoman.
Kilchoman Feis Ile 2013, 2008-2013, 60.1%. Not available anymore, but you might get one in auction if you like. I guess it’d be around € 200.