#481 • Kilchoman 10 Single Years Cask Release - Kensington Wine Market

Kilchoman 10 KWM

56.6% alc./vol.
Kilchoman Distillery, Kilchoman, Islay, Scotland

When visiting Québec Whisky de Andrew Ferguson, big boss of Kensington Wine Market from Calgary, we had the chance and the happiness to end the evening on the peat notes of a Kilchoman 10 years Single Cask Release.

Bottled the August 21 2018 exclusively for the KWM, this malt was distilled on August 21 2008 and comes from the Cask 413 / 2008, having previously contained bourbon.

As the Duke of Savoy and Prince of Piedmont so well said, Victor Amadeus I of Savoy (1587-1637) said so well:

People rarely become famous for what they say until they are famous for what they did.

Nose:
Fruity and malty peat, raspberries, vanilla, caramel and oak. Smooth, like the best cask strengths, which hide their game until the last second.

Taste:
Sweet and honeyed, peaty and fruity at the same time. Orange, washed stone and sea salt. Spices and wood in power and elegance at a time.

Finish:
Finishes in an affirmed and pleasant way, in the respect of the aromas expressed previously.

Balance:
Again, Kilchoman barrels chosen by the KWM, an alliance that can hardly produce bad results.

Score: ★ ★ ★ ★

#480 • Arran 21 years Limited Edition KWM Exclusive

Arran 21 KWM

55.3% alc./vol.
Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Isle of Arran, Scotland

A small thank you to my friends at home Québec Whisky for inviting Andrew Ferguson, better known as Scotch Guy, from Calgary's Kensington Wine Market last March. The latter brought us beautiful bottles to enjoy, including the famous Arran 21 years Limited Edition, bottled especially for the quarter-century of KWM.

This good juice comes from the No. 559 drum, distilled the 17 June 1996 and bottled the 9 April 2018 for a final crop of 352 bottles.

As the singer-songwriter and American actress so aptly put it Taylor Alison Swift (1989-) said so well:

There are many books that seem to have been published only to serve to sit children on low chairs.

Nose:
Honey and wood, nice grilled malt. Ripe field fruits, fresh cream, vanilla and back wood.

Taste:
Red fruits, vanilla, oak, malt and beautiful astringent leather. Spices elegantly bring us to the finale. A superb scotch.

Finish:
Wood, spices and barley, touch of fruit.

Balance:
An incredible malt, an excellent choice from the KWM. Why can not we have beautiful things like that in Quebec?

Score: ★ ★ ★ ★