Kilchoman Sauternes (2016)

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Kilchoman Sauternes (2016)

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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 …

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Top 5 drams of 2016

Top 5 drams of 2016

We can’t believe that we have already had Burns night in 2017! With that in mind we thought we’d better put up the the top 5 drams we reviewed in 2016.  Another cracking year for the Mash Tun so slainte mhath and all the best for 2017! Here are our …

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Kilchoman Sauternes cask Club Release

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Kilchoman Sauternes cask Club Release

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Mashtun notes:

Well where do we start with this one! We are all massive ‘peat heads’ and love Kilchoman as a distillery. With that in mind we were really intrigued to try their first Sauternes cask release, and we weren’t disappointed! The nose has damp firewood, dark fruits, Christmas spices, …

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SMWS Caol ila 53.234

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SMWS Caol ila 53.234

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Mashtun notes:

Talk about an opinion splitter! This one really spit the panel. We are all ‘Peat fiends’ and huge fans of Caol ila, as well as the SMWS, but this caused some ‘debate’. On the nose we got salty brine, peat, cherry pie, medicinal notes, sulphur, and hay bales. The …

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Finlaggan Cask Strength 58

Finlaggan Cask Strength 58

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Mashtun notes:

Finlaggan is a ‘mystery’ Islay dram named after Loch Finlaggan. The largest island on the loch is Eilean na Comhairle (Council Island) and this is where the chief of the clan MacDonald (for the isles) was initiated. It may be a ‘mystery dram’, but by all accounts, this dram …

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Caol ila 17 Murray McDavid

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Caol ila 17 Bottled by Murray McDavid

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Mashtun notes:

This one was brought to the tasting as a ‘wildcard’ due to the fact one of the panel got it at auction. It’s an independently bottled (Murray McDavid) Caol ila that was finished in a sweet white wine (Quart-de-Chaume) cask. It does have a wine …

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Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015

Mashtun notes:

Loch Gorm is Kilchoman’s yearly sherried cask offering. As with the 100% Islay each year is slightly different, and because of that we were keen to try the 2015 edition first chance we got. The nose gave us orange, peat smoke, caramel, and an earthy sweetness. The palate was …

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Kilchoman 100% Islay (5th Addition)

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Kilchoman 100% Islay (5th Addition)

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Mashtun notes:

Each year the 100% Islay is released and we can’t wait to try it. The 2015 was no different. It’s less peated that most Kilchoman whiskies but that doesn’t detract from the whisky. The 50% ABV gave us a slight nose burn but that soon subsided to …

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Caol ila SMWS 18yr 53.227

Caol ila SMWS 18yr 53.227

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Mashtun notes:

We look forward to trying most offerings from the SMWS, especially their Caol ilas! This first fill bourbon cask Caol was no exception, and didn’t disappoint. The nose had peat smoke, sweet heather, forest fruits, burnt wood, and bourbon. The palate gave us charcoal, beach fires, heather, spices, …

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Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Mashtun notes:

We find that the SMWS are one of the most consistent independent bottlers out there, so that combined with the fact we have a resident Caol ila expert on our panel meant we had high hopes for this. The first thing to mention is that it was almost 65% …

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