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.