Whisky Focus - Kilchoman PX Sherry Cask Matured 2023 Edition Review

Kilchoman PX Sherry Cask Matured 2023 Edition Review

26th October 2023
Kilchoman have released their first limited edition 100% PX sherry cask matured whisky, the Kilchoman PX Sherry Cask Matured 2023 Edition and to cut a long story short it is absolutely outstanding.

Kilchoman PX Sherry Cask Matured 2023 EditionKilchoman has released their first limited edition whisky to have been 100%
fully matured in PX (Pedro Ximénez) sherry casks. This Kilchoman PX Sherry Cask Matured 2023 Edition follows the release of the outstanding PX Sherry Cask 2021 Edition so it has a lot to live up to. The 2021 Edition differed in that it was a vatting full PX cask matured whisky and PX cask finished whisky.

The new Kilchoman PX Sherry Cask Matured 2023 Edition is a heavily peated dram with a phenol level 50 PPM, it has been fully matured for a minimum of five years in a combination of 61 Pedro Ximénez casks previously used by Bodega José y Miguel Martin, these casks have produced a limited release of 23,000 bottles which have been bottled at 50% ABV and of course non chill filtered and naturally coloured.

Commenting on the release Kilchoman Founder Anthony Wills said: "The 2023 PX Sherry Cask Matured release is our first limited edition to be fully matured in PX casks. Some might consider five years to be short maturation, but these PX hogsheads give such a rich and sweet character, shorter maturation is the only option to maintain a good balance of flavour. Here, the citrus sweetness and peat smoke of our spirit balance beautifully with the PX character to create a multi-dimensional whisky, rich and sweet with hints of light citrus sweetness and waves of maritime peat smoke,"

My thoughts on the new Kilchoman PX Sherry Cask Matured 2023 Edition are below, priced around £85 you will find it available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Kilchoman PX Sherry Cask Matured 2023 Edition Review

Bottled at 50% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: An enticing infusion of barley sugar sweetened sherried raisin and sultanas and charismatic gentle earthy peat smoke, a hint of liquorice and all with a bit of a lemon citrus edge and distant peppery spice.

Taste: Delicious mix of barley sugared and earthy peat smoke infused with equally delicious sherried fruit in the form of raisin, sultana and a touch of orange and lemon citrus. Some lovely peppery oak spices things up a little and some late liquorice.

Finish: An equally delicious, long finish with a lingering balance sugar boosted sweet peat, oak spices and sherry, which slowly bow out to leave a late touch of pear, some dark chocolate and slightly drying oak.

Comment: It was a bit of a wait since the first PX release in 2021, but boy was it worth the wait, this is simply a delicious balance of Kilchoman's charismatic peat, quality sherry casks and oak spices are all sugar charged and enhanced by the delicious barley sugars and oak. An absolutely outstanding young peated, sherried dram which goes to prove that some of the best peaty sherried drams are best served young and Kilchoman have got this one spot on. Highly recommended if you enjoy a peaty sherried dram, you would be hard pushed to find better.

SMW Whisky Score 95/100

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