KILCHOMAN SANAIG ~ ISLAY, SCOTLAND
85/100 The Dramble
85/100 Whisky Base
84/100 Whisky Advocate
Gold Outstanding: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016
Gold: Islay No Age Statement 2019 - The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Silver: Islay No Age Statement 2018 - The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Islay’s smallest distillery released this Kilchoman Sanaig which is a composition of 50% bourbon casks and 50% Oloroso sherry, matured for around 4-5 years. It is named after a creek close to the distillery and it will be a permanent member of the core range.
Malt-Review "It’s nice – wonderful, in fact – to see a whisky with such bold character."
Matt - The Dramble "There’s certainly a fair amount of sweetness here, but this is played off against some sharp mineral aromas and flavours, making for a balanced and well-integrated expression."
Dave Broom - Whisky Advocate "A new, and welcome, a permanent member of the core Kilchoman range, this comes from a mix of sherry finished and sherry matured whisky. The nose kicks off with a lovely cigar ash note—a cigar club toward the end of the evening—and while there are some dried fruits from the sherry, Kilchoman’s gentle, light character gives energy and lemony lift—shellfish, grass, and herbs. Lovely balance. Rounded, softly fruity, and highly approachable."
Nose - A fairly friendly, balanced expression. There is some fruit compote in the fore (pineapple, red apple) with vanilla. Grilled lacquered meat. Toffee. Also a little marshmallow. Soft mineral notes and sea spray in the background.
Mouth - Peppery, quickly joined by some toffee and fruit candy. Sweet lemon. Caramelized apple. Well balanced. Some medicinal, peaty notes towards the end.
Finish - Long, still very sweet but with some brine and drier, ashy hints as it fades.
Kilchoman was the first distillery to be built on Islay in over 124 years. The distillery was founded in 2005 by Anthony Wills and is Islay’s only farm distillery, producing Single Farm Single Malt. Kilchoman is one of the few whisky distilleries in Scotland to remain independent.