# 504 • Kilchoman New Spirit Bourbon Cask

Kilchoman New Spirit

63.5% alc./vol.
Kilchoman Distillery, Kilchoman, Islay, Scotland

We're having another little Islay boy, Kilchoman distributed at the distillery a dozen years ago… not quite a whiskey, the Kilchoman New Spirit Bourbon Cask!

The Kilchoman Distillery was founded in June 2005 on the farmland of Rockside. It is the first new distillery to be built on the island of Islay in more than a century. More than a third of the barley used to make whiskey is grown on the farm and malted at the distillery. Its first barrel of whiskey was filled on December 15, 2005, and will be bottled in 2008. Kilchoman has bottled each year since the first distillation their new-spirit in order to launch their product and to reveal the whole evolution of their alcohol from distillation to bottling.

This small sample of new make was distilled on July 27, 2007 and bottled on February 26, 2008, at 50 PPM of peat. Alas a whiskey that you could only get at the time and only at the distillery shop via their website.

As the French architect said so well Auguste Ricard de Montferrand (1786-1858) said so well:

A mortally annoying person is someone who deprives you of solitude without obtaining company ...

Nose:
Very earthy and green peat, almost like Ardbeg. This peat does a good job of hiding the youth of the new make, you hardly perceive molasses. Red fruit, cream and roasted malt. Washed stone.

Taste:
Beautiful oily texture, salted caramel and vanilla, malt, oily peat. Delicious. Almost no trace of the new make. Potential spices.

Finish:
Peppery oak. Green peat, washed stone and wet earth. Nice length, with an oily impression in the mouth which lasts pleasantly.

Balance:
Incredibly tasty. From their conception, Kilchoman's very first malts were intended for great things.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★

#498 • SMWS 3.270 Bowmore 18 years old

55.8% alc./vol.
Bowmore Distillery, Bowmore, Islay, Scotland

'Surf' n 'turf in a camel's saddlebag'

A superb Bowmore of 18 years, distilled 25 september 1997 since ex-sherry casks for a final stock of 594 bottles, thank you SMWS...

If you do not know the SMWS you can continue reading. If you prefer to go directly to the evaluation of this traffic jam, you can skip the next two paragraphs again without problem.

La Scotch Malt Whiskey Society, or SMWS, is the largest whiskey club in the world, with more 26 000 members spread across 16 countries. With their roots in the UK, they are so extensive that they can afford to buy whiskey casks and bottle them for sale exclusively to their members.

Always single casks, bottled cask strength without any mention of the distillery, their expressions are always highly praised and worshipped. Although the percentage of alcohol and the age of the whisky are indicated on the mysterious bottle, no mention of the distillery of origin is found there. The only clue to its origin is in the form of a cryptic code that cannot be deciphered until one has access to the appropriate legend.

As the German general said so well Gustav Adolf Joachim Rüdiger Graf von der Goltz (1865-1946) said so well:

He who must be hanged at Easter finds Lent very short.

Nose:
Light peat, roasted caramel, sea salt, sweet barley. BBQ and dusty sherry spare ribs. Dry and camphorated vapors.

Taste:
Caramel, pipe tobacco, astringent sherry, peat and lozenges for the throat. Leather and smoke.

Finish:
Warm and long on notes of leather, wood and smoke.

Balance:
A big, big, big peated sherry cask.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★