I have finally had time to write the review of this Kilchoman from Abbey Whisky. I really love Kilchoman malts since I tasted their first bottle a few years ago, here we have a five years old Kilchoman aged in bourbon casks for most of its life to end being finished in a PX cask for four months. But before I review the whisky you must know that I am not really fond of PX finished whiskies… I really prefer Oloroso aged… but… anyway… let’s try this.
“Fantastic Kilchoman, and that is said by a person that really doesn't enjoy PX whiskies. Add a drop of water and let it breathe a bit to reveal its true shape. Delicious!”
Cask #285/09 has been matured for over four and a half years in a fresh bourbon barrel before being transferred to a Pedro Ximénez cask for a further four months maturation. The PX finish on this release works a treat, softening things down a little but still allowing the dram to hold the traditional taste & characteristics you would expect from a Kilchoman whisky of this age. A perfect combination.
This dram has a amber-like color.
Nose (91): more than average. peat, honey, cocoa, spices, cinnamon, fruits, citrus, salt.
Palate (90): powerful, oily. peat, honey, cocoa, salt, malt, wood, pears, chocolate.
Finish (90): longer than average. peat, honey, citrus.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Kilchoman 2009 PX Finish Single Cask / AW Exclusive with 90 points over 100.
Wooo! Awesome dram. I definitively can recommend you this Kilchoman if you like peated whiskies as much as me.