Kilchoman Feis Ile 2013, 2008-2013, 60.1%

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.

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2013. Image from Whiskybase

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2013. Image from Whiskybase

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.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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4 Responses to Kilchoman Feis Ile 2013, 2008-2013, 60.1%

  1. Gal Granov says:

    Tasted many, but not the loch gorm… I like them, but do find them a bit too much $$$ for their age and not very complex…
    having said that the new 6 yo 2007 vintage is really nice. i could buy me a bottle .

  2. Pascal says:

    Hmm, hier staat nog de gesigneerde feis ile 2011, nog in de kast, ik zal die eens in het nieuwe jaar opentrekken op een avondje met paar liefhebbers. Zelf heb ik hem daar geproefd in de wachtrij.

  3. Pingback: Caol Ila Feis Ile 2013, 56.5% | Malt Fascination

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