Tasting Notes for Kilchoman 8 Year Old Tequila Finish Single Cask
Nose: Lemon, citrus and grassy notes with butterscotch and light fresh smoke.
Palate: Hints of cinnamon, vanilla pods and honey with juicy fruits, distinct agave notes
and charred oak.
Finish: Long with warming peat smoke and lingering fresh fruits.
Limited edition single cask with a total of just 247 bottles available, this wonderful Kilchoman was specially selected by the fine folks at La Maison Du Whisky to celebrate 15 years of Singapore operations. Matured in bourbon barrels for just over 7 years, then transferred to an ex-tequila cask for a final maturation period. Bottled at cask strength of 52.8% abv.
A family run business, established by Anthony and Kathy Wills in 2005, Kilchoman was the first distillery to be built on Islay in over 124 years, and when it was established, it was Scotland’s smallest. Located at Rockside Farm in the west of the island, Kilchoman is Islay’s only farm distillery, producing Scotland’s only Single Farm Single Malt. By farm distillery and Single Farm Single Malt, we mean that everything from the grown barley, malting, distillation, maturation and bottling is done at the distillery.
Farm distilleries were by their very nature always self-sufficient and, while that is difficult these days with global demand for whisky on the rise, Kilchoman continues to try to stay true to that original model. Despite soaring demand for their critically acclaimed whiskies, 25% of its barley requirements come still come from the fields surrounding the distillery in Islay. It has two small malting floors and kilns which produce a medium-peated malt – the heavily peated with which it is mixed comes from Port Ellen. Inside the distillery, fermentation is long, helping to create fruitiness to balance the shoreline/shellfish-like phenolics, while an enlightened (and pricey) wood policy has seen a high percentage of first-fill ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks being used. The result is that Kilchoman has hit the start of its mature period at a remarkably young age.
Producer Kilchoman Distillery Style Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Age 8 years Volume 70CL ABV 52.8%