Kilchoman is a relatively new player on the Islay distillation scene filling their first casks in December 2005. There is no way you could tell based on their whisky though, it is first class. The first one I tried was the Winter 2010 release. It had a very citrusy nose with great peat levels. Since then I've been meaning to come back and try further expressions. Thanks to my friend Joe I now get to review Kilchoman's latest No Age Statement offering Machir Bay!
Eye: Light honey
Nose: Yeah this is Islay, but it's delicate. Iodine, maritime, sweet stone fruits, and hints of ripe pear. The peat is hidden amongst all of this. For such a young whisky the nose has wonderful balance.
Palate: Sweet at first, pears and hints at citrus. Peat follows with a mouthful of seawater before it goes sweet again.
Finish: Good long finish. Turns to tar and sweet barley smoke. Hints of espresso.
Age: No Age Statement (4yr & 5yr)
This is a fantastic expression from the Kilchoman distillery. Sadly there is incredibly limited availability of single cask offerings in Australia from Kilchoman. As far as I am aware, none. Something I'm hoping that will change in the near future!
To go with this fine whisky we have a song from Gil Scott-Herron. Most famously known for his song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". If you don't know his music I highly recommend you get acquainted with it and his story. Gil Scott-Herron - Wikipedia.
The song I have picked to go with this post is from the final album recorded before he passed away in 2011.