Kilchoman 2008 Vintage

Kilchoman 2008 Vintage

Find me a better 7 year Islay scotch. You can't. This was so good, I went back to Binny's to buy another. Kilchoman is something special. They remind me a lot of Westland (another distillery that I really admire); they're both doing it their own way and absolutely killing it. This to me tastes a lot like Ardbeg, and frankly, this 7 year pitted against one of my all time favorites, the Ardbeg 10 year, it blows it out of the water. However, the only downside to this is the price: 79.00 now. If this was priced at the same level as the the Ardbeg 10, it would be a household staple.

Bottle Info

Distillery: Kilchoman

Barrel type: ex-bourbon

Age: 7

ABV: 46

How this acquired: store

Cost: $79

Year purchased: 2016

Tasting Notes

Nose: has bourbony notes, ardbegy?, maybe similar to a bourbon aged ardbeg or lagavulin, fresh hay, very clean sharp peat, caramel, vanilla, salt, brine, grass, a bit of citrus, smoke, butterscotch, cooked sugar

Nose[water]: n/a

Taste: sharp peat, vanilla, malty youngness, laphroaig earthiness, ardbeg freshness, lemony peat, soft sweets, brine, light grassy notes, pepper

Taste[water]: n/a

Finish: vanilla, peat, sweetness, caramel, toffee, long salty very sharp peat, grassy notes

Finish[water]: n/a

Binary Score: 1

Value Notes

Would I buy this (or if already bought, would you buy this again): Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

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

Value For Money: 4/5

My Scoring System

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn't consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I'd rather have.

5 | Good | This is a good, solid daily.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average.

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite.

10 | Insurpassable | The best whiskey of all time.

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