Monday, November 11, 2013
For years, Kilchoman has been the craft whiskey start-up with the most potential. The Islay distillery that opened in 2005 has already gotten rave reviews from everyone, but while I've liked some of their expressions, they are all very young and still have some rough edges.
Recently, though, I tasted one that was by far my favorite of the Kilchomans I've had. A Binny's exclusive, this Kilchoman is not quite five years old and aged in a first fill bourbon cask.
Kilchoman 4 year old Binny's Exclusive, Cask No. 307/2007, Distilled 11/1/2007, Bottled 9/15/2012, Aged in a Bourbon Cask, Cask Number 307/2007 ($80).
The nose is a really beautiful Islay nose with peat and coastal breeze. The palate has smoke and sea water with a bit of a tanginess to it and some mezcal notes that I typically get with younger Islays. The finish is pure peat.
This is a bold and beautiful Islay Scotch, and the good news, as of now, it's still in stock at Binny's.