Kilchoman Coull Point

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 20.34.13Distillery: Kilchoman
Bottled: 2013, Distilled: 2009
ABV: 46%
Cask: Bourbon and Oloroso
More Info: WhiskyBase

Another airport treat here. I picked this up ages ago and decided to open it for World Whisky Day.

It took a little while to open up but after nearly a week I’m getting a ton more character coming through.

Nose: Oceanic and salty with a vegetal feel. Coltsfoot rock, sultanas, oily espresso and waxed leather. There’s a dusty earthiness with grist and dried herbs. With time, ready salted crisps and a whiff of tequila.

Palate: Luscious mouthfeel with a great balance of sweet and savoury. Peaty and rather Ardbeglike with the character of the smoke coming through as flavours of iodine and dark tar amid sweet notes of treacle, roasted hazelnuts, and burnt coffee.

Finish: Long and dry with bitter dark chocolate, sawdust, white pepper, and a wisp of earthy peat smoke.

This is a terrific whisky. Peaty, tasty, but subtle and evolving plenty in the glass over time.

Elements of the palate remind me of 70’s Ardbeg with its restraint and balance. I respect that’s very high praise for a whisky that’s only spent four years in wood but it turns out that you can get a very high quality distillate when you take the small batch farmyard approach and do things slowly and properly.

I picked this up for under £50 in Manchester Airport. It’s going for more than that online (a lot more in some cases). Keep an eye out for it if you fly via/to the UK, it’s well worth the RRP.


Midleton Very Rare 2014

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 20.49.09Distillery: Midleton
ABV: 40%
More Info: WhiskyBase

About time for a visit to Ireland!

The Midleton Very Rare blended whiskey is released in limited quantities every year using a blend of whiskeys aged between 12 and 25 years old.

Thanks very much to Nick for the sample.

Nose: Very soft. Apple blossom, oak chips, beeswax, egg custard tart, fresh cranberries, brown sugar and crème brûlée. A whisper of dark chocolate.

Palate: Demerara and baking spices: clove, cinnamon and liquorice. A fizzy pop element, like Panda Pop cola. Gets rich and buttery as it builds on the tongue with caramel cream and vanilla fudge.

Finish: Very creamy and long with vanilla, oak, sweet rolling tobacco and a touch of tangy pepper.

Mmm, goes down very nicely this does.

It has that characteristic Irish pot still creaminess – very smooth and moreish. It’s not massively complex, but it’s certainly been expertly crafted: Very balanced, elegant and pleasing.

The 2015 edition is still available to buy on Master of Malt for £149.70.