Calgary’s Kensington Wine Market is on their second exclusive cask of Kilchoman now. With absolutely no problems selling out their first release, purchasing a second, especially a sherried version, was a no-brainer for KWM’s whisky guru, Andrew Ferguson.
Sherry and peat. Sometimes magic. Other times an abomination the likes of which only a Dr. Moreau could love. Here, fortunately, we have the former, where the sweet sherry notes bring a balance to the smoke and ash to create a beautiful beast. I call it a beast only because there is simply no debating the aggressive snarl this one packs. Perfectly acceptable youthful exuberance.
The nose is great. Dried fruit, burnt caramel, butter tarts and BBQ sauce. Mildest hints of new carpet as well. May seem like an odd mishmash, but it truly is enjoyable…and not a little sassy. The strength of the nose alone was enough to make me like this one.
The palate is buttery and sweet, but smoky as hell. Mouthcoating and lingering. There is a lovely sweet and smoky toasted oak note that hangs about as it fades. Though not so much on the nose, the palate here reminds me of an uber-young Uigeadail.
Nice cask selection here.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Pat