Whisky Focus - Kilchoman 100% Islay 13th Edition Review

Kilchoman 100% Islay 13th Edition Review

22nd September 2023
Review of the Kilchoman 100% Islay 13th Edition which this year is a combination of  44 bourbon barrels.

Kilchoman 100% Islay 13th Edition
Kilchoman has announced the release of Kilchoman 100% Islay 13th Edition.

The 100% Islay 13th Edition was distilled from Publican barley grown on the farm at Kilchoman in 2012, 2013 and 2014, it was then matured for a minimum of 8 years before 44 bourbon barrels were selected to marry for this year’s release of 100% Islay, so notably there are no sherry casks in this years mix, something we haven't seen in the the 10% Islay releases for a few years.

Kilchoman Distillery is located on a sprawling 3,000-acre farm nestled along the north-west coast of Islay. The majority of this expansive terrain consists of rugged and unforgiving land, suitable primarily for robust cattle and sheep breeds. However, within this expanse, there exists a precious 200-acre oasis of fertile soil that encircles the distillery. It is here, amidst this rich earth, that Kilchoman cultivates the barley essential for crafting their annual 100% Islay editions.

The journey of their barley doesn't end with cultivation; it continues within the distillery's very heart. Once the barley reaches maturity, the distillery's skilled team takes charge of the malting process using time-honoured floor malting techniques. They carefully nurture the barley, allowing it to germinate and then subject it to the smoky embrace of local Islay peat. This peat-infused process imparts the distinctive smoky character that defines Kilchoman's whisky.

Each passing year, Anthony Wills, the visionary Founder of Kilchoman, meticulously handpicks a unique combination of casks. In the current year's selection, Anthony has chosen 44 bourbon barrels from three different age groups, with the youngest barrels being a vibrant 8 years old. The result of this painstaking craftsmanship is the Kilchoman 100% Islay 13th Edition, available for purchase at an approximate price of £85.50 in the United Kingdom.

You will find the
Kilchoman 100% Islay 13th Edition available from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Kilchoman 100% Islay 13th Edition Review

Bottled at 50% ABV. 13,000 bottles

Producer's Tasting Notes:

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

Taste: Sugared charged, gentle lemon drizzled peat smoke coats the palate, some vanilla toffee accompanied by some liquorice and oak spice.

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

Comment: This is all about the sugars, oak, vanilla and peat as you would expect from this years cask selection, another cracking release from Islay's farm distillery.

SMW Whisky Score 88/100

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