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.

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Kilchoman Cask Strength Quarter Casks

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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.

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Kilchoman 2011 Caroni Rum Cask Finish

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I have recently joined a rum club and am trying to learn all about rum and it’s various types and all such things. I doubt it will ever replace whisky as my drink of choice, but it’s a whole interesting world unto itself and is a very nice way to mix things up and try something different. A short while ago the rum club did a Caroni evening. Caroni is a rum distillery from Trinidad that was held in very high regard and has since closed down, so what’s floating around now is pretty much the last of it. Caroni is known for its heavy, rubbery, chemical profile. Now what’ all this got to do with a whisky review you ask?

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My Islay Trip Part 7 – Bruichladdich and Kilchoman

I’m not going to write too much about what I did on the Sunday on Islay. I intended to use the day for hiking as the public transport doesn’t run there on Sundays, but the weather had other ideas. Instead I took a nice long walk along the Three Distilleries path. I stopped at Laphroaig and had a dram of the 10-year-old Cask Strength, then went to Ardbeg for some lunch at the Old Kiln Cafe. I walked back to Port Ellen and went for a pint at one of the local pubs.

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My Islay Trip Part 1 – A stopover in Glasgow and a tasting at the Bon Accord

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I just recently returned from a trip to the beautiful island of Islay. Islay is a little green island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, and is most well known for being home to 8 whisky distilleries who make some damn fine stuff.

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Malt Mongers Israel Kilchoman Night

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I’m part of a local whisky club here called Malt Mongers Israel (MMI). We meet once a month at the Milk & Honey Distillery to drink some whisky, chat and have a good time. Every meeting has a different theme. We met last night and this month’s theme was Kilchoman. It was also the club’s 2nd birthday (there was yummy cake).

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Kilchoman Loch Gorm – Blind

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This is the 10th whisky that came up in the Tapuz Forum blind tasting competition and another one I’ve tried before (never made notes though) and got completely wrong. I decided to just send in the very first whisky that came into my head as my guess. The first whisky was Ledaig 10 so that didn’t work so well, at least I got some points for ABV.

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