Kilchoman Sauternes (2016)

Jun 10

Kilchoman Sauternes (2016)

Kilchoman_Sauternes_2016

Mashtun notes:

Having loved the first Kilchoman Sauternes release we were really looking forward to trying this one. We are all ‘peat heads’ and love an interesting cask so chances were that we were going to love this one… It completely split the panel though with two of us loving it and another being decidedly underwhelmed… The nose gave us peat smoke, burnt sea wood, rose petals, malt, vanilla, and a slight hint of cloves. On the palate, it was earthy and peaty with campfires, salty brine, and oak. One of the panel even got a hint of bubble gum. The finish is very long and earthy with a lingering taste of burnt firewood and malt. The whisky itself had a Reddish-amber colour and thick oily texture. Air didn’t do too much to this dram but the longer it breathed the less smokiness you got on the nose. Adding a little water sweetened the nose and took away some of the saltiness from the palate, having said that, for a 50% ABV dram it didn’t need that much.

Overall it did split us, which is unusual but not unheard of… It is sweet peaty dram that is definitely for peat lovers and not one for the light hearted. As I said in the beginning, two of us loved it and one of us was very unsure. You can click on our individual reviews to see which was which…

Kilchoman Sauternes (2016)

The Sauternes Cask Matured follows Port and Madeira cask matured expressions released in recent years and continues our commitment to small batch ‘full term maturation’ rather than the more common practice of finishing whisky in such casks for a short period prior to bottling. Having spent its full maturation period in fresh Sauternes casks the whisky has inevitably taken on the textured white age influence associated with Sauternes casks however it remains balanced with an intriguing mix of maritime peat smoke, sweetness and citrus vibrancy.

http://kilchomandistillery.com

 Notes: 50% ABV – 6000 bottles made and £80 per bottle at time of tasting.

 

Kilchoman Sauternes (2016)

Nose:

Peat mixed in with sticky toffee pudding and syrup. There was also a slight hint of cloves

Palate:

Earthy peat mixed with a salty brine. There was also sweet syrup and cereal / malt notes.

Finish:

Long, earthy, and and peaty. There was also a hint of cigars.

Colour:

Maple Syrup.

Texture:

Thick

Air:

Not a lot

Water:

Takes away some of the saltiness from the palate.

Overall comments:

Great and unusual offering from Kilchoman. Chewy sweet peat heven!

Kilchoman Sauternes (2016)

Nose:

Floral and a little perfumey, malt, vanilla, rose petals, powerful wine notes mask the peat in an interesting way.

Palate:

Savoury notes, spices, oak and bubble gum.

Finish:

Complex, fruity aftertaste.

Colour:

Reddish-amber.

Texture:

Oily.

Air:

Not a lot.

Water:

Needs relatively little for being 50% ABV.

Overall comments:

The notion of Sauternes cask Kilchoman sounds intriguing but for me it tastes like an experiment that didn’t really work. The wine and peat flavours make an awkward marriage.

 

Kilchoman Sauternes (2016)

Nose:

Smoke and burnt drift wood.

Palate:

Campfires, but there is also a deep sweetness about it.

Finish:

Lingering burnt firewood.

Colour:

Rusty

Texture:

Medium

Air:

Reduces the smokiness

Water:

Sweetens the nose a little

Overall comments:

A nice dram that has a nose that may put off non peat lovers, I think everyone should try it though!

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