A much fruitier and creamier offering from Kilchoman in this, their second release. Here we have most of what made the Inaugural release such a success (and started the collectors a-scramblin’), but slightly held in check with a greater emphasis on pillowy crème caramel, vanilla and soft pear. Smoke is big and billowy, as to be expected, but there is a refreshing note of spearmint threaded throughout.
The palate is surprising in its perceived maturity. I know this is bottled at a mere three years, but I’d give credit for a couple more if I didn’t know better. Again…in slight contrast (doubt it has to do with any more maturation, as this is only a few months down the road from the previous iteration…more likely simple cask variance) to the Inaugural we find a less rambunctious offering here. A little heavier in soft white fruits and oaky vanilla. Hints of fish oil as well. The finish carries heat (c’mon…we talk about maturity here, but let’s face it…this is only 3) and smoke and tart fruit skin through its inevitable finale. Vaguest hints of green apple jolly ranchers as it fades.
This second outing pales just slightly when held against their showstopper of a debut, but nevertheless is a truly winning whisky. I’ve said it many times…when this gets a bit older…look out.
- Reviewed by: Curt
- Photo: Pat