Every batch of Kilchoman 100% Islay uses 2 tons of Islay barley. At least that’s what James Wills, son of the owner and current brand ambassador for Kilchoman, told us at the SoCal Whiskey Club tasting. If you’re shocked by this amount then I should probably also point out that 2 tons is a small batch. Many producers use anywhere from 2-5+ times that amount.
After going through the mashing, fermenting and distilling processes that 2 tons of barley will yield around 30 casks which is equal to about 10,000 stunningly delicious bottles of this whiskey. This is, to date, my favorite Kilchoman product that can be easily found. My favorite is the sold out Cask 360, but you know… it’s sold out.
Overall I love this, and everything else I have ever had from Kilchoman. Their whisky is light without being wimpy with solid crisp flavors coming through. Even though it’s peated it’s not a heavy feeling peat like a Lagavulin or Ardbeg, but a lighter more airy peat that pairs well with the fruit and vanilla that is so prominent in Kilchoman single malts. I simply love it and can’t recommend it enough.
Kilchoman 100% Islay Review
Peat was the first thing I smelled coming up and out of the glass followed by a creamy vanilla and malt. A bit of cocoa, honey and graham float just above a current of grassy earthy undertones.
The malt moves up and the peat down a notch on the palate. It’s accompanied by caramel, vanilla, iodine, honey and a wonderful light fruitiness that pulls it all together.
Strangely a bit hot but completely manageable.
Long finish of malt, peat, graham and a light fruit.
SCORE: NA – Had this at a Kilchoman hosted SoCal Whiskey Club tasting and didn’t get to spend enough time to feel confident in a rating