After getting disappointed from Ardbeg BlaaacK, it’s time to move on to another Fèis Ìle 2020 festival bottling, hoping it will be better and today’s candidate to improve the mood is the Kilchoman bottling.
This year Anthony Wills has selected a few Ex-Bourbon Barrels to be bottled as the festival offering and so we got a Kilchoman 12 Year Old limited edition (2,630 bottles) for the festival.
After a failed first try to sell the bottle online where the website couldn’t cope with the load, it got sold out within 15 minutes on the second try.
Kilchoman 12 Year Old Fèis Ìle 2020 (54.2%, £108, 2630 bottles)
Nose: Rich and sweet, smoke and peat, honey, vanilla, rich and pungent. And at first it smells lightly peated instead of a heavy peat bomb. After all it’s a 12 Year Old Kilchoman. Pears and peaches, somewhat unripe tropical fruits and kiwi. After a few minutes of swirling the glass more pronounced and sharper peat smoke. Eventually a bit of honeyed fruits perfume and buttery dough. Really good and enchanting nose.
Palate: Peat smack, smoked meat, sour-sweet smoke, pickled fruits, acrid at times, honey, honeyed pears and peaches, a little bit of tropical fruits, drying chimney smoke and ashes. and even a dose of pickled cucumber brine.
Finish: Long finish, drying peat smoke, honey, fruits, semi dry.
Thoughts: Fantastic nose, rich and fruity with heaps of peat smoke. The palate isn’t as complex but still a classic powerful Kilchoman experience with a few twists. Good stuff that provided me a swift mood recovery.