Nose – Wood fuelled BBQ on the beach, grilled scallops with freshly sliced lemon, sea spray, coral embers
Palate – Sweet vanilla, sweet smoke, sticky BBQ sauce, glazed ham, demerara sugar
Nose with water – Sweeter smoke, heather, lemon, sea spray, damp wood fire
Palate with water – Sweet tobacco, vanilla, hint of lemon, smoke embers
For fans of Islay whisky, this one is a treat. Nose without water and you’ll be transported to a wood fuelled BBQ on the beach, where grilled scallops are browning over the fire with freshly sliced lemon. The sea spray brings saltiness and maritime quality and the scent of the embers is strong and fragrant, reminiscent of the sea. The palate offers sweet vanilla and sweet smoke, with meaty notes of sticky BBQ sauce and ham glazed with demerara sugar.
With water, the nose offers sweeter smoke, heather and lemon, which mingles with the scent of sea spray and damp wood fire. We’re still at the beach BBQ but the scene is a little misty… perhaps the Kilchoman was sipped with some gusto? The palate with water opens up the dram in a cloud of sweet tobacco, smoke embers, cut through with fresher notes of vanilla and lemon to round it off. We think this is delightful now, but a little longer maturation period could add further depth to an already excellent dram.