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Kilchoman 100% Islay 7th Edition Review

28th April 2017
Kilchoman release the oldest edition of its lighter peated 100% Islay to date.

Kilchoman 100% Islay 7th Edition ReviewKilchoman has announced the release of Kilchoman 100% Islay 7th Edition. The 100% Islay releases are one release the folks at the Kilchoman farm distillery are particularly proud of with every single step of the whisky making process, from barley to bottle, completed on site at the Islay farm distillery.

The farm is based on the rugged west coast of Islay and nestled in the outbuildings is the distillery. They work throughout the year to grow, malt, distil, mature and bottle Kilchoman’s unique single malt using traditional farm distilling techniques not seen on Islay for generations.

This, the 7th edition of the annually released limited edition is a vatting of fresh and refill ex Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels filled in 2010 and bottled in 2017. This is the most mature expression released to date and as with all previous 100% Islay releases, all parts of the production process for the Kilchoman 100% Islay 7th Edition 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 Kilchoman releases, 100% Islay has a lighter, fresher feel to it with the bourbon cask maturation creating a fresh and floral balance.

You will find the new Kilchoman 100% Islay 7th Edition available from the beginning of May from whisky specialist shops such as Master of Malt

Kilchoman 100% Islay 7th Edition Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Pale gold.

Nose: A fantastic clean, fresh nose, vanilla and enticingly gentle sweet peat smoke, a little mild zesty lemon.

Taste: Gentle lemon drizzled peat smoke coats the palate, joined by some liquorice and oak spice.

Finish: Long, the sweet peat smoke is mellowed by the vanilla, mildly drying and lingering oak spice.

Comment: Another outstanding release of the 100% Islay, perhaps a little more oak and vanilla than was in earlier releases and still enough sweet Kilchoman peat to keep any peat head happy.

SMW Score 90/100

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