BTC 2016, sample 3: Kilchoman 5, Sauternes Cask, 50%

Diminishing returns, already. But at least I’ve got another couple of points. 13, just for the ABV this time. I expected this whisky to be a Longrow because of its minerality, but it turned out to be a wine cask matured Kilchoman.

Image from Whiskybase

Image from Whiskybase

Sniff:
A slightly salty smoke, with some slate and brine. Quiet typical for the second brand of a famous Campbeltown distillery. Quite gentle with some barley, oak and licorice.

Sip:
Peppery on the palate, and slightly stronger than I expected on the nose. Although, yesterday’s 43% whisky says I have no idea anyway… The palate is smoky and briny, with some salt, sea and sand. Quite some oak and the smoke tastes like a combination of peat and wood smoke.
After a while it gets a bit more fruity with sweet apple, and some apple crumble like flavors.

Swallow:
The finish is very gentle, with the sweet apple but with a bit of salinity to it as well. With the brine it gets slightly fishy, but not in a bad way.

I liked this one quite a bit, which isn’t too surprising since I also really like Longrow and Springbank and such. A very nice dram, but at almost a hundred euros (currently) I do find it too expensive.

86/100

Kilchoman 5, Château d’Yquem Sauternes Cask, 50%

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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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