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Kilchoman Port Cask Matured 2018 Edition Review


20th April 2018
Review of the limited release Kilchoman Port Cask Matured 2018 Edition

Kilchoman Port Cask Matured 2018Kilchoman Port Cask Matured 2018 Edition is the 2nd Port Cask matured whisky from the Islay farm distillery and given the quality of the first release back in 2014 this has a lot to live up to.

The 2018 edition is a vatting of thirty ruby port hogsheads filled in 2014, yielding a total of 10,000 bottles. The distillery’s commitment to full term maturation has continued, with the decision to age only in port casks rather than using such barrels for finishing, this gives the whisky an added dimension and intensity.

Non chill-filtered and natural colour and a peating level of 50PPM the Kilchoman Port Cask Matured 2018 has been bottled at 50.% ABV and will be available from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt while stocks last.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose:  A deliciously fruity nose, sweet raisin, plum a touch of orange, creamy toffee and smouldering ashy smoke.

Taste: The rich sweet port cask fruit leads with a touch of damson jam, orange and a fresh raisiny fruitiness, the ashy Kilchoman peat smoke is not far behind and simply dances in the mouth with the port cask fruits.

Finish: The luscious port rich fruit charged with Kilchoman's sweet ashy smoke continues long into the finish

Comment: A deliciously perfect balanced mix of peat and port from nose to finish. This is the second Port Cask matured whisky from the folks at Kilchoman, the first one in 2014 was a cracker and this is every bit as good, in fact better. If you enjoy a fruity port influence on a smoky whisky I doubt you will come across much better than this. For its age and strength at 50% ABV this is unbelievably smooth. Going by the fact the last Port Cask Matured release from Kilchoman was back in 2014 I would say grab a bottle of this while you can as rarely do you find a such a perfect balance of peat and port. An outstanding whisky.

SMW Score 95/100
 

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