Last summer I was enroute to Campbeltown for Springbank Whisky School 2022. Enroute, I detoured to Islay for a few days, specifically to check on my Kilchoman Single Cask pick. As it turned out, my timing was impeccable in that I was visiting the Kilchoman Distillery on Friday June 10th and my cask happened to be in Warehouse 1 where barrels are sent to be bottled. I got to taste it one last time before it got bottled on June 14th, 2022.
What a glorious taste it was! A much fuller palate and lingering finish compared to when I selected the barrel in earlier February. The nose of lemon citrus zest with vanilla coming from the ex-bourbon cask was followed by the palate full, sweet and creamy like custard, with salted caramel. The finish had a hint of black pepper and light briny peat with sweetness returning and hanging on for what seemed like an eternity.
Kilchoman has been a brand I have been very impressed with my first taste of the 2007 100% Islay edition and I never thought I’d ever get a single cask of it.
I’m looking forward to James Wills’ visit on March 7th, 2023 at Canterbury Liquors, for a meet and greet with an adoring crowd of Kilchoman lovers.
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