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.


Image from Whiskybase

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.

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

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.


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


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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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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