Kilchoman "Machir Bay" K&L Exclusive Vatting Batch #2 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1373857

It's no secret that we're big fans of Kilchoman distillery here at K&L. Our recent visit to the distillery on Islay really opened our eyes to the incredible job they're doing. Kilchoman is a tiny operation. A true farm distillery. But having tasted the new-made spirit right off the still, I can firmly say that, in my opinion, there is no higher quality peated whisky being produced anywhere else. Kilchoman's hands-on style and attention to detail make a world of difference. Every release has been better than the last, albeit extremely limited in supply. The Machir Bay is not only incredibly delicious, it's a huge victory for a distillery that had to overcome huge obstacles. This is what Kilchoman fans have been waiting for: incredibly delicate, finely tuned flavors of soft smoke, sea salt, creamy vanilla, and butterscotch. It's a more subdued version of their high-toned barrel expressions, but it's still very much Kilchoman. Think Bruichladdich meets Lagavulin. Think possible best whisky value from Islay. This particular bottling is a slight twist on the classic Machir Bay. Our second batch is slightly different than the first custom vatting. This one comes in at 12.5% sherry and 87.5% bourbon barrels to highlight the vanilla and caramel sweetness that underlies the peat and is available exclusively at K&L. (Andrew Whiteley, K&L Spirits buyer)

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By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2019 | Send Email
Sniffing this scotch made me feel like I was standing at the edge of a Scottish cliff, there’s a beautiful oceanic brineyness about it before notes of bacon, salt water taffy, and sweet apple join for the view. I love the soft lanoline texture of this scotch and it offers up classic Islay tasting notes with pencil shavings being the most prominent. Ovaltine powder and a briney grassiness help to balance the dram. The finish is long as that oceanic brine lingers on with a grassy oakiness and a very light undertone of milk chocolate. A great value at this price!

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/27/2018 | Send Email
It amazes me how such a slight edit to the cask influence can create such a different scotch!! I have long been a fan of the Machir Bay, and did not expect this exclusive bottling to have so much unique personality. The slight shift towards sherry influence in an otherwise bourbon-dominated finish brings so many exotic notes back to the table, while retaining the rich backbone of fruity & vanillin bourbon influence. Here the nutty, buttery texture shines much brighter, and the salty Islay sea-breeze wafts in to the picture. When I close my eyes I feel as though I'm in a Scottish barn with a peat fire burning outside. Still not for the faint of heart, this is a must-have for the serious peated whiskey aficionados who have come to share our love for Kilchoman. Slainte!

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/24/2018 | Send Email
Throw the flowers on the campfire whydontcha! The floral notes and the smoke compete for your central attention here as vanilla, pepper, bacon, and coconut play politely in the background. There’s also a nice sea-salt brininess and medicinality which come through on the nose and lingers to join up with the other components. There is a lot going on when sniffing this dram. It gets delightfully chewy in mouthfeel, especially with a little water added. Flavor-wise, the palate has cocoa powder added to the coconut, and the smoke qualities come through as both meatiness and dying wood embers. The salt and the medicinal notes hang on for a while and encourage you to stoke the flames some more by pouring another glass.

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Western Shore

Alcohol Content (%): 46