Kilchoman Spring 2011
Strength: 46 %
The last (and reportedly final) of the seasonal releases is a vatting of 3-year-old and 4-year-old Bourbon casks, finished for a few weeks in sherry casks. The sherry plays a discernible role on the nose, adding a touch of fresh cherries to the powerful peat and deep smoke. The sherry influence is really just a flirt in this whisky but it really rounds it out well. As with the previous Kilchoman seasonal releases, the flavor is dominated by malty, greasy, beautiful farm-yard peat. The barley is peated to the same spec as those whiskies as well as Ardbeg, or so I heard at a whisky tasting, but the sherry restrains it a bit. The sherry extends the finish and gives it some rich flavor. This is my favorite of the seasonal releases. 91 points (A-).