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Kilchoman Fis le 2021 DNA Tasting Pack Review


9th May 2021
Review of the Kilchoman Fis le 2021 DNA Tasting Pack which you can join Kilchoman to taste live online at 12.00pm on Thursday 3rd June.

Kilchoman Fis le 2021 DNA Tasting Pack - Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021 Edition, Machir Bay Cask Strength, 100% Islay 2021 Preview Sample and Sanaig Cask Strength

Fis le 2021, Islay's annual festival of music and malt, is fast approaching and as with last year due to the ongoing Covid pandemic the 2021 celebrations will be online. This year Kilchoman distillery are planning a packed schedule of events for their Fis day on Thursday 3rd June, everything from fully immersive 360 degree interviews with the production team to behind the scenes Q&As, Live Tastings and Food Pairings.

Kilchoman has made three special Kilchoman whisky tasting packs available for whisky fans to enjoy and to join in with live tastings if they wish from the comfort of their own home.

The first of those packs is the Kilchoman DNA pack which contains four whiskies from the Kilchoman core range of single malts, but with a twist! Before reducing batches of their signature peated single malts of Machir Bay and Sanaig to their regular bottling strength of 46%, they have bottled them at their natural cask strength to appreciate the full power and character of their core range whisky. This pack also contains the latest edition of Loch Gorm and a preview of the yet to be released 100% Islay 11th Edition.

You can join Kilchoman to taste the Kilchoman DNA pack live at 12.00pm on Thursday 3rd June, I was lucky enough to get hold of the Kilchoman DNA pack and this is my thoughts on the four whiskies in it:
 

Kilchoman Machir Bay Cask Strength Review


Machir Bay is Kilchoman's signature peated single malt, a vatting of Kilchoman matured in a high proportion of bourbon casks with a small sherry cask influence. This cask strength expression was bottled at 58.9% ABV, non chill filtered and naturally coloured.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Gentle peat infused with a little sweet honey, vanilla and lemon citrus is slightly rounded by a touch of raisin and sultana fruit from the sherry casks in the mix. A little pear and some floral hints lurk in the background

Taste: The delivery brings slightly honeyed peat smoke infused with a sugared raisin and sultana sherried juiciness this is quickly joined by some butterscotch and lemon zest and some lovely late oak spices.

Finish: Deliciously long, mildly sherried sweet peat slowly fades leaving a little citrus zest and some drying oak spice.

Comment:  What can I say, to put it simply this is the outstanding Machir Bay with a cask strength flavour and pleasure boost.

SMW Score  93/100
 

Kilchoman Sanaig Cask Strength Review


Although also matured in both sherry and bourbon casks, Sanaig has a high proportion of Oloroso sherry influence, giving a vastly different character to the whisky. This cask strength expression was bottled at 58.9% ABV, non chill filtered and naturally coloured.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Enticing peat smoke infused toffee, some raisin and sultana sherried fruit brings a sherried fruitiness and this is joined by a mix of orange, pear and honey.

Taste: Delicious slightly earthy sweet peat leads the charge and is quickly followed by sweet chocolate raisin, sultana and cherry. Then some gentle orange and lemon citrus, a little vanilla toffee, a touch of cinnamon and sweet oak spice.

Finish: A deliciously rich long finish simply echoes the palate, the raisin and sultana is more sugared now, the orange and lemon citrus is hanging in there also, the cinnamon is a wee bit more pronounced, a wee touch of coffee now and the sweet peat stays to the end.

Comment:  More strength, more flavour and more pleasure, this has a really delicious Oloroso sherry influence.

SMW Score  92/100
 

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021 Review


This is a popular annual limited edition release from Kilchoman, the Loch Gorm range is always matured entirely in Oloroso sherry casks. The 2021 edition is a vatting of 24 Oloroso sherry butts filled in 2011 and 2012. Bottled at 46% ABV, non chill filtered and naturally coloured.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Gentle earthy peat smoke infused with lemon citrus and rounded by the slightly gentler sherry fruit, some toffee and a wee touch of spice.

Taste: A delicious slightly salted earthy peat and sweet raisin and sultana infusion leads, closely followed by some gentle orange and lemon citrus, a little vanilla toffee, just a touch of cinnamon and some lovely sweet oak spice.

Finish: A deliciously long finish with lingering sweet oak spices and sherry infused sugar cured gentle smoky bacon peat, a late touch of pear and some dark chocolate.

Comment: As always a delicious balance of Kilchoman's earthy peat and sherry, as modest as they are the sweet oak and sherry spices build after a few mouthfuls adding to the pleasure. I just love the fact that each Loch Gorm release is subtly different from previous Loch Gorm releases as billed and 2021 is another fantastic balance of Kilchoman peat and gentle Oloroso sherry. If you enjoy sherry with your peat then this is hard to beat, it is another well put together creative mix of Kilchoman's peated whisky matured in quality sherry casks.

SMW Score 91/100
 

Kilchoman 100% Islay 2021 Preview Sample Review


This a cask strength preview sample of the upcoming release the Kilchoman 100% Islay 2021 11th Edition. Distilled from Kilchoman's 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 barley harvests, the 11th edition is matured for a minimum of 9 years in 26 bourbon barrels and 7 Oloroso sherry butts. This cask strength preview was bottled at 56.5% ABV, non chill filtered and naturally coloured.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A fantastic clean, fresh nose, gentle sweet peat smoke infused with vanilla and a little mild zesty lemon. A little salted toffee and honey lurk in the background

Taste: Lovely sugared peat smoke fills every corner of the mouth, a little lemon zest, green apple and pear, also a touch of sweet raisin and sultana fruitiness, vanilla, toffee and some oak spice.

Finish: Toffee and lemon zest leave first, the sweet peat lingers for an age before fading out to leave a touch of rich sherried fruit and a little mildly drying oak spice.

Comment:  The delicious sugary sweet peat is the star of this show but the touch of sherried fruit adds to the peaty pleasure.

SMW Score  91/100

The Kilchoman Fis le 2021 bottling and virtual tasting packs will only be available from the Kilchoman website but don't hang around or you may miss out.
 

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