Kilchoman 2010-2015, 4yo, PX finish, 58.3% – OB for The Whisky Exchange

In my seemingly endless stash of samples (I really should stop buying bottle shares…) I recently found this sample from The Whisky Exchange. It somehow got in the back of the box and I can’t really keep track of each and every Kilchoman that comes by. There’s quite a lot of those…

Anyway, a very young Kilchoman finished in a Pedro Ximenez cask, which means it can’t be a long finish either. Four years of maturation doesn’t really warrant finishing for years, so I expected this finish to be a thin layer over the bourbon cask base of the whisky.

In a way, according to the SWA this is an illegal whisky, but this rule has never been enforced as far as I know. According to information I got from them in 2012 (via Gal) a single cask can only be called a single cask if it’s been in the same cask from distillation to bottling. With a finish, that’s never the case.

I’m not trying to get this stuff off the market since I don’t really care what the SWA thinks about many things. In fact, apart from doing legal battle in, for example, India to protect the name and reputation of Scotch Whisky, I don’t agree with much of their regulations and I think they inhibit progress and innovation.

What does matter, is how good this whisky might be.

Sniff:
There’s lots of untamed peat on the nose and a light hint of wood. Some malt and quite a bit of sweetness and smoke. The sherry is, as expected, not very big and the bourbon cask influence is maybe still bigger than the PX. Some red fruits.

Sip:
The palate is rather sharp, hot and peppery. Sweet fruits, sponge cake and sherry trifle. Some fruit mix, the canned kind, and bread. The heat keeps building.

Swallow:
The finish really shows typical Kilchoman notes. Peat, smoke, fruits. There’s also the more uncommon notes of the fruit mix and trifle.

As I expected the bourbon cask is more present than the sherry finish. The latter has nicely added a bit of sweetness and some other fruits. This combination of flavors makes for a slightly more interesting release from the tiny Islay distillery.

However… There’s always a ‘however’…

However, with the plethora of Kilchoman bottlings out there, it doesn’t really stand out. With 273 different whisky releases (not counting the spirit) in less than 8 years it’s hard to find a truly unique bottling, and this one isn’t it.

Keep in mind that this is far from a bad whisky! It’s just a bit, well, forgettable. And not just the sample sitting in the back of your cupboard.

84/100

Kilchoman 2010-2015, 4yo, PX finish from cask 679/2010, 58.3%, OB for The Whisky Exchange. Available there for € 115.

Thanks to The Whisky Exchange to give me a sample!

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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