Whisky Focus - Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Matured 2024 Review

Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Matured 2024 Review

30th May 2024
Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Matured 2024 is only the second fully sauternes cask matured single malt from the Islay farm distillery, the first release being back in 2016.

Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Matured 2024Kilchoman has reintroduced a beloved classic: the 'Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Matured', which we first saw back in September 2016.

This 2024 limited edition Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Matured whisky has undergone full maturation in ex-Sauternes wine casks and has been bottled at 50% ABV. Anthony Wills, Kilchoman's Founder, selected a mix of fresh and refill Sauternes barriques from two different years, the youngest being from 2018. This careful selection they tell me has achieved a harmonious blend of buttery sweetness, barbecued pineapple, candied ginger, and floral peat smoke.

Maturing whisky in Sauternes casks is particularly challenging, especially for full-term maturation, making this release pretty rare. Kilchoman's first Sauternes Cask Matured edition, released in 2016, was aged entirely in fresh Sauternes casks for five years. The second edition in 2018 was finished for five months in Sauternes casks.

For this release, Anthony opted for a vatting of 22% fresh and 78% refill casks from two distillation years. The distillery tells me that this approximately 3:1 ratio of fresh to refill casks strikes the perfect balance between Sauternes influence and Kilchoman character. Most of the refill casks used were previously part of the 2018 Sauternes finish release. Utilising Sauternes casks for finishing prepares them ideally for full maturation, extracting intense Sauternes influence during the shorter finishing period and developing casks with ample Sauternes character without compromising structure or balance.

Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder commented on the 2024 release, saying: "After a six year absence, the Sauternes Cask Matured Kilchoman is back! The previous edition was a Sauternes finish, now its time for a return to the full power that complete maturation in these wine casks brings. Waves of sweet fruits and butterscotch balanced with our Islay peat smoke, a delicious dram,"

Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Matured 2024
is bottled at 50% ABV, non chill-filtered and naturally coloured and it will be (while stocks last) available from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Matured 2024 Review

Bottled at 50% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A mix of creamy butter and vanilla infused with lovely sweet peat smoke and just a touch of a salty edge.

Taste: The first wave brings delicious sweet peat infused creamy butterscotch which fills every corner of the mouth, this is followed by some equally delicious gentle candied fruit, pineapple and pear, then comes a lovely touch of pepper and oak.

Finish: Very long, delicious Kilchoman floral peat smoke piggybacks on the equally delicious candied sugars and clings to the palate for an age before letting the peppery oak spice have the final word.

Comment: Perhaps it is rather appropriate that I taste this outstanding expression on  Kilchoman Fis le Day 2024. The Sauternes casks have made for a irresistibly delicious candied sweet Kilchoman, here's hoping it isn't another 8 years before we see this again but just in case I recommend you grab yourself a bottle or two while you have the chance

SMW Whisky Score 93/100

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