Kilchoman Inaugural 100% Islay

Today I took delivery of the brand new Kilchoman release, the Inaugural 100% Islay.  As the name suggests, this is the first release that has been “produced from barley grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled at the distillery”.  The ABV is 50%, it has been aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels and it is a very young 3 years old.

The bottle itself comes in a tasteful cardboard presentation box, and features a new bottle design, with the Kilchoman logo inset near the neck.  It almost seemed a shame to open it!  Almost…

The colour is very pale indeed, like straw.  On the nose, it’s initially pears and ginger beer, then the smoke comes through.  Not as aggressive as a typical Islay malt.  But the taste!  This is an incredibly drinkable malt, even straight at 50%.  I can only describe it as like drinking the syrupy juice from stewed and smoked fruits!  A touch of sweetness to begin, with definite lemon flavours before the peatiness kicks in.  The finish has a hint of tobacco, but with a lingering citrus that makes it rather moreish.

Adding a touch of water brings out more stewed fruit on the nose, while on the palate the intensity of the smoke is increased slightly, along with the sweetness.  I think I prefer this one straight.

This bottling is a limited edition, if you like what you’ve read here, I encourage you to go order a bottle, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.  I’m off to have another…

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