Kilchoman 2012 K&L Wines Exclusive Red Wine Cask

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I often mention my disappointment in being so far from K&L Wines in California, but then remind myself that if I did it would not be very good for my wallet. Namely because they have some incredible exclusive bottlings. Now and then they manage to find their way to me, in this case in the form of a bottle share. I really love Kilchoman’s young single cask bottlings too, never tried a red wine cask though.

Aged 5 years. 60.3% ABV. Matured in a red wine barrel. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.

Nose: Dry and quite dusty. Grape flavouring. Chemical smoke. Balsa wood. Sweet peat. Slight fruit punch. Wood spice. Underlying light red fruits, beets and sea spray.

Palate: Big red fruits and farmy peat. Salt. Dry wood tannins. Cherry cough syrup. Radish. Slightly tarry note right on the end.

Finish: Long. Red fruits. Dry wood. Salt. Wood smoke. Tar. Horseradish.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 3/5

Very interesting spice profile but quite dry. It’s a young cask strength Kilchoman and a K&L bottling so obviously a great whisky, just a bit underwhelming, granted my expectations for both the distillery and K&L bottlings are astronomically high.

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