Ultimate Beverage Challenge 95 points – A brilliantly peaty nose explodes from the glass like a cherry bomb in a bog. There’s a brilliant showcase of clove, subtle toffee, and peat on the palate, all in balanced measures to create a sophisticated roundness. Heat and spice dance away slowly in the long finish.
Founded in 2005, Kilchoman is leading the revival of farm distilling in Scotland on the Isle of Islay, and is the first new distillery built there since 1881. One of the country’s smallest distilleries, Kilchoman grows their own barley and is just one of six to continue the tradition of floor malting. In order to maximize flavor and texture, these single malt whiskeys are distilled at one of the slowest rates in Scotland, are bottled at natural color and non chill-filtered.