Kilchoman K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

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Getting to taste fresh Kilchoman, right of the still, was one of the highlights of the trip this year for David and me. Something magical is going on inside this tiny farm distillery. Their formula is so delicious, even as a white dog, that it hardly needs much aging at all. However, we were very curious to see what five years in a first-fill sherry cask would do to soften up some of the spice. Sitting in the warehouse with manager John MacLellan, we tapped into one of the fresh butts and poured ourselves a sample. This malt is loaded with fresh earth, chewy oils, petrol and peat smoke, mossy, dried grass, and a maritime sea air note that really hangs on the finish. It's a beast of a whisky, showcasing everything we love about both Kilchoman and sherry-aged Islay whisky. Of all the Kilchoman whiskies we've tasted, this one by far had the most maturity and was precocious beyond its years. It was only a matter of seconds before David and I looked at each other, nodded, and added another distillery-direct cask to the list. Years from now, when Kilchoman is one of the most sought-after malts in the world, no longer bottling private casks, we'll look back and say, "We used to buy them right out the warehouse." These are heady days for Islay fans. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/17/2012 | Send Email
Every time I taste a malt from Kilchoman it seems to be better than the last product that I tasted from them. Kilchoman just keeps getting better and better. The Single Sherry Barrel has pronounced smoke with a mix of sweet malty aromas.It has round rich flavors a nice finish. There is a touch of creaminess to the malt if one adds a splash of water.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2012 | Send Email
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You don't see me reviewing Single Malt very often but when you do you should take note. This single barrel selection isn't about age it is about flavor and it has everything I look for in an Islay single malt. I enjoy the intense peatiness when it is supremely well integrated and the intense smoke in this spirit seems to be attached at the core. Powerful, layered and complex peatiness not a day old BBQ smell but saturated flavors that don't linger they camp out on your palate. Wonderful balance, not hot and with that hint of sherry wood it turns into something truly magnificent. You'll love it
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Alcohol Content (%): 59.4