Kilchoman 2007-2016, 8yo, Feis Ile 2016, 56.6%

During November’s Winter Whisky Tasting at De Whiskykoning there are bound to be some Feis Ile bottlings. He does try to get some drams in that I don’t already know and while that sounds awfully entitled, I book the entire tasting so there’s always going to be some discussion about the line-up.

Generally, I’m somehow not a huge fan of Kilchoman. I have tasted some incredibly awesome drams from the distillery, there have been some merely okay ones too. What also really turns down my liking for a distillery is when there are hundreds of single casks out there in under a decade. There’s just too much randomness.

The tiny Islay distillery is on the short-list for our planned visit in 2018. Things might change then, and I might come back loving the place. It wouldn’t be the first time for something like that to happen (like with Bruichladdich).

Anyway, this year’s Feis Ile bottling was drawn from a single Oloroso Sherry Butt and resulted in 634 bottles of cask strength whisky.

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Image from Whiskybase

Sniff:
The nose is sharp and the first thing to hit you is the barley. There’s a rather light smoke with some fruit. It’s slightly dry with peaches and apricot. Also, there’s a whiff of vegetable like sulfur.

Sip:
The palate brings a gentle fruitiness too, with sharp, fierce smoke and peaches.

Swallow:
The finish suddenly is ashy with sharp, medicinal smoke. Hints of oak, dried peaches and a general sense of dryness.

Well, while this is a fairly straight forward whisky, it is actually rather tasty. I like the finish most with the more ashy and medicinal notes. It’s never too complex and actually doesn’t do anything unexpected, its quite tasty and if I would have picked up a bottle at the Feis I’d be happy. I’d never pay the € 200 it’s going for now, though.

88/100

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2016, 2007-2016, Oloroso Sherry Butt 429/2007, 56.6%

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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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2 Responses to Kilchoman 2007-2016, 8yo, Feis Ile 2016, 56.6%

  1. I bet that’s an awesome dram. I had quite a few Kilchomans so far and there was never one I didn’t like. It is indeed crazy though how drastically the price goes up once a limited release is sold out from the distillery.

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