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Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Matured Review


19th October 2017
Review of the new Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Matured whisky.

Kilchoman Red Wine Cask MaturedKilchoman have just released just under 10,000 bottles of their latest creation, the Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Matured single single malt whisky.

Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Matured was distilled in 2012 and has been matured full term in red wine casks, from the Douro Valley in Portugal.

Previous Kilchoman full term wine cask matured limited release expressions such as the Port, Madeira and Sauternes matured expressions have been outstanding and I am sure this new Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Matured will be welcomed by fans of the Islay farm distillery.

Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder commented on the new whisky, saying: "We are delighted with the Red Wine Cask Matured, its unlike anything weve bottled previously, the full-flavoured influence of the Douro valley red wine casks have added depth, body and layers of rounded cooked fruits to the classic Kilchoman citrus sweetness and peat smoke character."

The Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Matured is of course non chill-filtered and has been bottled at 50% ABV, it has a RRP of 78.80 and will be available from specialist whisky shops such as Master of Malt
 

Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Matured Review


William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Gentle vanilla oak tannin and ripe fruits, a hint of peat smoke and woody spice.

Taste: Deliciously moreish mild Kilchoman peat smoke infused with ripe red berry fruits and a hint of rich oaky spice, a little bitter dark chocolate keeps the sugars in place.

Finish: A wonderfully long rich sweet finish bitters out leaving some mildly drying oak.

Comment: A different Kilchoman where the deliciously moreish fruit takes the lead but the gentle Kilchoman peat is determined and still has its say. A cracking young Kilchoman. I wonder just how good this would be after a few more years in the cask, hopefully the folks at Kilchoman have some more whisky in their warehouse still maturing in red wine casks from the Douro Valley in Portugal. Meanwhile I can say this is another cracking whisky from the Islay farm distillery.

SMW Score 92/100
 

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