Whisky Review – Kilchoman 100% Islay 4th edition

Kilchoman 100% Islay 4th edition
50% ABV
Natural Colour
Non-Chill Filtered
£64.80 from Kilchoman Directly

From the website:

All parts of the production process for the 100% Islay have taken place at the distillery – from barley to bottle. The barley is grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled at Kilchoman making for a unique character. Bottled at 50% abv and peated to a lower level to that of other releases, 100% Islay has a lighter, fresher feel to it. Citrus and lemon notes come through with soft peat smoke and a long smooth finish.

Here’s my thoughts:

Nose.

There’s some light smoke, intense, but like a bonfire in the distance. This is peat of a bonfire variety, not so much medicinal, a good kindling and leafy fire, with some earthy dirty thrown in. There’s some biscuity malt. Some cereal grain, of a creamy nature. Lots of pepper and chilli. A smidgen of oak. There is a touch of citrus, but very hidden way out back.

Palate.

Lovely oily barley, very coating and rich. Creamy grain. Light vanilla, very silky. Complex citrus, sweet on the front of the tongue and bitter further back, some juice, pith and peel all in one. A little soot. As the development goes on more peat sweetness comes through with grassy earthy notes going into the finish.

Finish.

Sweet dirty peat. Fresh lemon crisp finish, quite long. Creamy oak aftertaste, tiniest sootiness hangs around. Good stuff. Very moreish.

Adding Water.

Adding a splash. Smoke is more pronounced now, the spices reduced and the citrus notes easier to identify. The palate is still very creamy, now it’s juicier though, with lots of citrus up front, and a little more tartiness to those citrus flavours. The finish remains crisp and palate cleansing, very refreshing in fact. With the citrus hanging around for a long while, and a little earthy grass and fresh hay at the very end.

Conclusion.

This is lovely stuff. Very summery in its nature, and I usually associate Islay drams with autumn and winter, but this is flavoursom, clean, and refreshing. Excellent for summer evenings.

Many thanks to Kilchoman for the sample.

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