The Cask Strength version of Machir Bay single malt expression by Kilchoman distillery. Kilchoman was established in 2005 and they are officially a farm distillery in all sense.
They use local peat cut in traditional way and slow distilling by hand. Maturation happens in traditional dunnage warehouses and bottling on site without chill-filtration or colouring.
This Machir Bay CS was bottled in September 1st 2020. Matured in combination of bourbon (90%) and Oloroso sherry (10%) casks.
Quick tasting notes
2012 version of diluted Kilchoman Machir Bay wasn’t fit for my taste but this 2020 cask strength edition hits a home run in a fairly quick tasting.
Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry casks
Non-chill filtered, no added colour
Nose: Strong peppery citrus and clean peat smoke. Rich spicy notes.
Taste: Citrus notes and spices dominate, along with sweet peat.
Finish: Bonfire combined with lots of sweetness. Very dry aftertaste. Spices and blood oranges with sugar.
Balance: Pleasant intensity all the way. Kilchoman stays true to their aggressive smoky style but this time, palate is in great balance and feels very tasty.
Distillery: Kilchoman Region: Islay
Did you know?
They started their whisky production in 2005, being the first distillery to be built on Islay in 124 years. They use barley grown on site at Rockside Farm and malted at the distillery.