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Kilchoman Fis le 2021 Review

21st April 2021
Kilchoman Fis le 2021 bottling and Fis le tasting packs now available for you to join virtual tastings online.

Kilchoman Fis le 2021Fis le 2021 is almost here but sadly, as with last year, the celebrations will be online. With delayed deliveries being all too normal these days, Kilchoman have decided the sooner they can dispatch their Fis le items to customers around the world the better. All items will be available to purchase from the Kilchoman website at 2pm today Wednesday April 21st ahead of their official Fis le day live events on June 3rd. A full schedule of Kilchoman Fis day plans will be announced soon.

Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder & Managing Director, has selected eight 100% Islay casks for this years release, two 2011 Oloroso sherry butts and six 2012 bourbon barrels. The casks were filled with 20ppm 100% Islay spirit, distilled from Optic and Publican barley varieties, harvested at Kilchoman in 2010 and 2011. This Single Farm Single Malt was matured in their onsite dunnage warehouses before being bottled at cask strength; 56.3% ABV.

"As you might know, I am partial to marrying bourbon and sherry casks, I feel these two cask types allow me to increase complexity without losing depth of character. The bourbon barrels I've selected give a solid structure to the dram that allow for a balance of maritime Islay flavours and the natural citrus sweetness of our spirit to shine through. The two Oloroso sherry butts I chose add depth and richness to the whisky, Ive had an eye on these casks for a while and theyve now reached their peak"

"I am delighted with this years Feis release and while Im sad we won't be sharing a dram in person we invite you to join us online for the next best thing Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder & MD.

Kilchoman Feis Ile 2021 Tasting Packs

Kilchoman are planning a packed schedule of events for their Fis day on June 3rd, everything from fully immersive 360 degree interviews with the production team to behind the scenes Q&As, Live Tastings and Food Pairings.

There will be three tasting packs available to order so you can join in with the live tastings from the comfort of your own home - The Kilchoman DNA, Through the Ages and Experimental Casks. There is also COCO Chocolate and Great Glen Chorizo Packs to pair with the whiskies. More info regarding all Kilchoman Fis le items is on their website. The full schedule of events will be announced shortly.

Kilchoman Distillery is a small family run farm distillery based on the rugged west coast of Islay. The distillery was established by Anthony Wills in 2005, the idea was to build a new distillery which took whisky production back to its roots. Anthony and wife Kathy have been joined by their three sons; George, James and Peter.

Kilchoman produces its 100% Islay single malt from barley which is grown in fields surrounding the distillery and completes every stage of the whisky-making process at the distillery, including traditional floor malting. Kilchoman is the only distillery in Scotland to do this.

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.

Kilchoman Fis le 2021 Review

Review add 26th April 2021

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A gentle, slightly earthy, peat smoke with a equally gentle liquorice edge and a little barley sugared sweetness is interlaced with a some vanilla, a touch of lemon and orange citrus, a little oak spice and some sultana fruit hides in the shadows.

Taste: Delicious earthy peat piggy backed on some bold sugars leads the charge filling every corner the mouth, these are joined by a zesty lemon citrus, vanilla, butterscotch, oak spice and a sultana fruitiness.

Finish: Deliciously long, the sherry is more prominent now and the the sugars and peat just cling to the palate for an age before fading to leave some lingering oak spice and liquorice.

Comment:  Not too many sherry casks in the mix to overwhelm the bourbon, both cask types have their say here, I would say this is as near as perfect balance of bourbon and sherry cask Kilchoman as you could hope for to maximise pleasure in the mouth. As the Kilchoman fans amongst you will already know, the farm distillery does turn out some very good whiskies so they do have to up their game to turn out something extra-special for their Islay Festival bottling and they have certainly done this in my humble opinion. I just loved this.

SMW Score  94/100

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