Kilchoman Distillery is a small and young distillery first established back in 2005. They are the first distillery to open its door on the Island of Islay in 124 years. So far, I’ve had two of their whiskies, Machir Bay, which was quite impressive, and most recently and what this post is about, the Port Cask Matured.
It’s been about two years since I first posted about Machir Bay; in that amount of time the Kilchoman range has increase. Their range now includes: Machir Bay, 100% Islay, Loch Gorm, Vintages, Single Cask, Port Cask Matured, Original Cask Strength and Madeira Cask Matured. You can read more about Machir Bay and the Kilchoman Distillery in the link above.
The Port Cask Matured is bottled at 55% abv and is fully matured in ex Ruby Port Casks, which to me not only contributes to its mahogany color but also to the taste.
Nose: smoke, fruit and lemon
Palate: peat smoke, cinnamon, slightly sweet with notes of cherry
Finish: smooth with a smoke and earthy oak finish
I love this whisky! It was excellent and I found the earthy notes balanced well with the sweetness the port casks brought along. You also can’t miss the peat smoke notes, which are definitely the signature of an Islay whisky and helps elevate this dram.
I’m extremely impressed with Kilchoman and what they have managed to achieve in such a short amount of time. It’s a no-age-statement whisky that is elegant and tastes amazing. I would definitely recommend trying.
The bottle is over $100, with the average price being around $110-$120. It is a bit pricey but I would definitely pay that. The taste and quality is definitely worth it.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.