Another day in Feis Ile 2014, another distillery open day on Islay. And today it’s Kilchoman distillery. I visited the distillery and took the manager distillery tour (highly recommended! my recap is here). The Kilchoman dram I selected for today is Coull Point – their recent entry to the Travel Retail market. Coull Point is a rugged headland, about half a mile north of Machir Bay, not too far from the distillery. Coull Point is basically a 4 year old whisky (although there’s no age statement on the bottle), vatted from Bourbon Casks and Oloroso Sherry Casks.
Kilchoman Coull Point (46%, £44.99 at World of Whiskies duty free stores)
Nose: very pronounced Kilchoman peat profile – smoky and sweet with vanilla and apples on the front, the youth is showing here with maltiness and kicking vibe. After a couple of minutes in the glass, the sweetness almost completely evaporate leaving us with ‘dirty’ peat with unripe green fruits.
Palate: dirty and sweet peat, vanilla and honey followed by a second wave of dung, soot and spices getting bit bitter toward the end.
Finish: long with ashes, smoke, peat, used grinded coffee
Conclusion: Classic Kilchoman. It’s young (well, at least younger then current releases which are in the 5-6 years range). It’s not too pricey so if you like Kilchoman or young, sweet peated whiskies and happen to travel through UK airports, it should be a good option for you.
(Sample received from P. Thanks buddy!)