This is an interesting bottle of whisky! I'm about a third of the way through at this point, and haven't stopped noticing new flavors and intricacies as I go.
Right off the bat, there's a comparison to be made with Ardbeg's Uigedail expression - the sherried peat flavors of Sanaig are reminiscent of the Ardbeg. I believe Kilchoman and Ardbeg even use the same 50ppm malt from Port Ellen for these two, which makes for a fun side-by-side. That being said, Sanaig benefits from a great, oily, earthy mouthfeel that the Ardbeg doesn't share, and is buoyed by a fruity sweetness that carries through the finish.
And an interesting finish it is. At first I thought it was short and sweet, but I was wrong! This has a lot to offer if you're willing to sit and let it develop, and I can't help but wonder if a slightly higher proof would take this from good to great, but I really like it as-is!
This was my first Kilchoman, and it definitely won't be my last. I keep finding myself reaching for the bottle, and have a sneaking suspicion that this is on its way to becoming a favorite! This is definitely worth a try.
Ratings Scale Explained
1 | Disgusting. Get rid of it.
2 | Terrible. I would not drink this.
3 | Bad. Might work in a mixed drink.
4 | Bearable. Decent but probably won’t buy again.
5 | Good. Good whisky.
6 | Very Good. Very good whisky.
7 | Great. Would buy again.
8 | Amazing. Will try to keep this around no matter what.
9 | Incredible. Unique, complex, exceptional.
10 | Perfect.
Average Score: 7.33 - Total Reviews: 9