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