Kilchoman 100% Islay 2nd Edition is a fifty-fifty vatting of 3 and 4 year old whisky matured in first fill and re-fill Ex-Bourbon casks. Kilchoman distillery started producing single malt whisky in 2005. It was the first distillery to be built on the island of Islay in 124 years. The 100% in the name means, that this whisky has all parts of the process – growing barley, malting, distilling, maturing and bottling – carried out on Islay. Their own drying oven gets a peating level of 20-25 ppm (Phenol Parts per Million). To get more ppm, they would have to buy the malt from elsewhere.
For its young age, I was surprised about the big character. It is simple and straight forward like whisky this young usually is. Cutting to the chase very fast, still offering a nice surprise with salt and spices, that turn into sugar. Kilchoman’s 2nd Edition of 100% Islay pretty much made me think of The Straight Story. A simple movie where an old man makes a long journey by tractor to see his ill brother. A story told in a chronological order and as straightly as you can. And surprisingly, it is directed by David Lynch. How can a Lynch movie be so “un-Lynchy”? Well, this Islay whisky is very much like Islay, smoky big character – made with commitment and passion.