Kilchoman Port Cask Matured ~ 55% (Single Cask Sample)
55% ABV, Released vatted at £68 for 70cl
What they say:
At the end of August we will release our first ever Port Cask Matured whisky, just 1000 cases (6) of the special edition release will be bottled.
The Port Cask Matured release, the first of its kind from the distillery, is fully matured in ex Ruby Port casks allowing for the full influence of the port casks to be imparted into the whisky. The Port Cask Matured release is non chill-filtered and is natural colour. It is bottled at 55% ABV and will be available on 5th September from the distillery shop and other worldwide markets.
The Port Cask Matured has a mahogany colour with a touch of ruby. The nose is powerful with lemon and citrus notes and the palate has smoke right away along with sweet, nutty milk chocolate character. There is a heavy textured finish which drifts away to dry smoke with oakiness.
Due to the high interest and limited number of bottles this will be limited to one bottle per person from the Kilchoman shop – RRP £68
What I say:
The final dram of the evening was a 3 year old Kilchoman that had been entirely matured in ex port pipes. Filled as Cask #55 in 2011, this port-cask maturation has imbued the Kilchoman spirit with masses of colour and flavour direct from the port. Beautifully sweet and a little peaty and infused with the exuberance of youth, this was a truly superb dram. A little further investigation revealed that this port-cask matured batch will be vatted sometime in autumn 2014 at around 3 and 1/2 years old and is expected to retail at around £60-£80 a bottle, this is most definitely one for both the collectors and drinkers (so buy 2, but not until I get 2 first!)
Jammy fruits, strawberry, raspberry and some new make character, grassy, sweet and peaty
A fruity jam explosion, sweet red berry fruits with a hint of cereal malt and a complimentary peaty prickle
Long drying sweet and peat
Originally sampled at Water of Life Society 17/04/2014 – Kilchoman