KILCHOMAN MACHIR BAY
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Kilchoman as both a whisky and a distillery is unique and fascinating. It is one of only 6 Scotch distilleries who still use a malting floor on site and other than Springbank, the only one that malts, distills, matures and bottles on premise. Kilchoman also grow the barley themselves making them the only farm to bottle whisky producer in all of Scotland.
The Kilchoman distillery first started filling casks in December of 2005 using ex-bourbon barrels to age their whisky and sherry butts to finish the whisky.
The Machir Bay is a vatting (blend) of 4 and 5 year old whisky. Overall this whisky works on every level. It is a treat for all the senses and shows a remarkable amount of depth and complexity despite it’s relative youth.
Soft and inviting. Could be nosed for hours on end. Big vanilla, peat, and malt notes swirl about with some green apples, light fruit and a hint of charcoal.
Peat is heavy on the palate, but not as much as a Laphroaig or Lagavulin. Accompanied by some honey, malt and vanilla. Tropical fruit and salt water taffy and grass follow. There is a persistent rich sweetness that rides under the palate.
Pleasantly long sweet finish of smoke and malt that slowly becomes more wooden as it fades. Smooth and oily it has a great texture throughout.