Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.
Kilchoman have joined the growing number of distilleries experimenting with smaller casks. The increased wood contact adds more woody character which would usually take a much longer maturation period to achieve. This shouldn’t be confused with faster maturation though as the spirit itself still ages at the same pace. This particular one is from a limited cask strength release for the full, unadulterated experience.
Aged 6 years. 59.3% ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength.
Nose: Coal dust. Liquid smoke. White grape syrup. Wood oils. Green herbs. Dry grass. Malt vinegar. Creme Brulee. Shoe polish.
Palate: Wood oils. Ashy peat. Burned grass. Lemon curd. Vanilla cream. Tar. Wood tannins.
Finish: Long. Coal dust. Wood smoke. Slightly vegetal peat. Peated mint creme if that were a thing.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
I know a lot of people mention the similarities between Kilchoman and young cask strength Laphroaigs but I found it very apparent with this one. Really thick and woody just like it’s supposed to be with a nice young peat character to it as well.