This is a 4 year Kilchoman that was matured in a Madeira cask and bottled at 50% ABV.
Nose: Heavy peat with acrid/sour smoke, butyric acid, madeira barely noticeable here in the form of subtle, fermented grapes.
Palate: Big peat up front cut by a much stronger madeira presence with bold, purple grapes – earthy overall with rotted oak.
Finish: Grapes linger with fresh earth and slightly smoky peat.
Rating: 82/100 – A bit muddled, but the Madeira does add a bit of complexity in what would otherwise be a too young/uninteresting malt.
Value for the money: As with all Kilchomans, I find this absurdly overpriced as it retails around $140. I wouldn’t pay anything over $60 for a bottle of this.
This is a 5 year Kilchoman that was selected by Binny’s. It was aged in an ex-bourbon cask and bottled at 64.4% ABV.
Nose: Loads of butyric acid with extremely pungent peat bog. Campfire smoke, dried seaweed, stoneground mustard, and brine.
Palate: Very fresh peat with virgin oak notes alongside butyric acid and clay.
Finish: Mostly briny and peaty with fresh oak and burnt meat pieces.
Rating: 76/100 – A bit too much funk for me – especially on the butyric acid side.
Value for the money: This retailed around $100 I believe, and I’d pass on this one at that price. I generally find Kilchomans to be very overpriced based on their age/quality.
This is a PX cask matured Kilchoman expression that was bottled at 59.2% ABV.
Nose: Thick blanket of peat and fresh earth, buttery cookie dough, seems more port influenced than PX here as I can only get some subtle stewed dark fruits (no raisin type notes).
Palate: Thick peat and iodine with charcoal and subtle sherry notes – again wouldn’t have guessed PX as the sherry involvement is so minimal.
Finish: Smoky malt and peat with burnt black tea – no real sherry influence remaining.
Rating: 81/100 – The PX label here seems more marketing than actual impact on the whisky. I believe this was only 5 years, so it’s going to be hard to overpower the peat, but still, their Port cask expression had way more influence than this and PX is typically a very strong influencer on a malt.
Value for the money: Guessing this retailed around $100-$120, and I’d pass at that price. Would maybe pay $50-$60 tops for a bottle.
This is a 5 year single cask expression from Kilchoman that was matured in an oloroso cask and bottled at 57.9% ABV.
Nose: Dominant peat with a helping of sweet barbecue sauce – burnt brats with caramel, dried mushrooms, and a bit of tart fruits.
Palate: Peat overwhelming up front before mellowing as the sweeter sherry emerges with vanilla. Turns rather smoke heavy after a bit, but sherry continues to punch through.
Finish: Peat and vanilla linger with fresh oak and smoked brisket.
Rating: 85/100 – Pretty typical Kilchoman for me: young and brash with full-bodied peat and smoke with the sherry doing just enough work to become noticeable.
Value for the money: I’m guessing these retailed at $100-$125 based on their typical pricing, and I think at $100 it’s an ok buy, but not one I’d be highly motivated to seek out for that price. It would probably be a lock for me around $70-$80.
This is a 5 year single cask that was matured in an ex-sherry Oloroso cask, selected by Impex, and bottled at 57.9% ABV.
Nose: Very sweet barbecue sauce with a healthy dose of vinegar, burnt plastic notes abound yet oddly flowery at the same time.
Palate: Peat is overpowering up front with heavy ash side (almost eating out of an ash tray strong), rubber, soy sauce, and just a smidge of the sherry pulling through all that.
Finish: Develops into a heavier plastic profile with smoke and rubber balls.
Rating: 77/100 – The plastic/rubber notes abundant throughout were distracting for me and really detracted from the sherry’s influence on the ash/peat.
Value for the money: I think these retailed somewhere around $100, and like pretty much all Kilchomans, I find it overpriced for its age/quality.
This is a fairly young Kilchoman (distilled 2011/bottled 2014) that was matured in port casks before being bottled at 55% ABV.
Nose: Peat quite strong up front as to be expected for only a 3 year malt. Sweet cotton candy, loads of pepper and smoke, but very little port overall due to huge peat influence.
Palate: Peat and young oak with seawater and smoke. Slightly sugary from the port influence, but again it’s fairly minimal.
Finish: Still bold peat with oak and very subtle sugars from port.
Rating: 83/100 – The port maturation seems more like a novelty here as it struggles to overtake the peat in such a young malt.
Value for the money: These retailed for $99 which is too high for a 3 year old malt. I think this fits well around $50.