Review: Kilchoman 6 Years Old 2008 – 129.6 Peated candy

Origin: Kilchoman Distillery

Bottling: Scotch Malt Whisky Society

ABV: 58.9%

Cost: £76

SMWS-129.6-Peated-Candy

What they say

Cask No.129.6 Peated candy

The first comment on the nose neat was sweet peat smoke and that enticing combination would be with us all the way. Hot smoked salmon flakes on a leafy salad with fennel seed and a sweet balsamic vinaigrette, heather honey sweetened black tea and maple bacon cinnamon rolls. The taste was of peated candy, sweet incense smoke and a soy-balsamic marinade. With a drop of water some got carried away kissing a perfumed, cigarette smoking nurse in the hospital corridor whilst others got served gravlaxcanapés. In the taste we all agreed; creamy fish pate on smoky oatcakes and sweet dressed crab.

Drinking Tip:

With an Insalata di Fruitti di Mare

Date Distilled: November 2008
Volume: 750 ml
Colour: Evening primrose oil
Age: 6
Cask Type: 1st fill barrel
Region: Islay
Flavour Profile: Lightly peated
Outturn: 243

What I say:

Only the 6th cask from Kilchoman (SMWS Distilery Code #129) bottled? I’d have guessed the SMWS may have purchased a lot more from Kilchoman – but then again in the early years Kilchoman were keen to buy back an awful lot of sold casks too apparently. Perhaps SMWS are ageing them well then – after all a 6 year old Kilchoman is not to be sniffed at.

Colour:

Light gold (2/20), slow medium-sized tears together with fine legs

Nose:

Smoky and sweet (classic Kilchoman), mineralic and slightly lactic but with a good sweetness, vanilla ice-cream or milkshake, jelly tots sweeties, apple, lime, kiwi, citric grapefruit, lemon, polish, savoury & meaty peat, a touch herbal, meat rub, sage & fennel seed

Taste:

Sweet, fruity, light butterscotch, toffee, mild fruit flavours, lemon, apple pear?, malty and biscuity, mellow edge of peated (almost tannin-like) phenolic antiseptic, bittering white balsamic vinegar, salty, smoked trout and maple-smoked bacon

Finish:

Long peaty reflux, gentle smoke & embers with a sweet lemon & lime marinade

Overall:

Very nice tarred peatiness with a nice sweet fruitiness, not overly complex as everything is presented beautifully on the palate and seems to work well together – like a good smoked fish or meat marinade it is hard to tell the flavours apart and the mixture is likely much more complicated than you imagine. Reminded me a lot of the Kildalton Distillery’s 8 year old released for its celebratory 200th this year…

Score: 88/100

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