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Kilchoman USA Small Batch No.1

This 48.5% ABV bottling comes from batch No. 1 (of 1260 bottles) and is labelled as bourbon, sherry and port cask matured. This was my first Kilchoman purchase in a long time but I am a bit of a sucker for Port influenced whiskies and I am really glad I found this one. The nose is classic Islay with salt, seaweed and smoke in abundance. Maritime whisky notes dominate with some iodine and seaweed at low tide. The taste starts sweet with dried fruits, marzipan, barley sugar and then some salty notes add balance. A Christmas cake left on the beach. The finish manages to be both spicy and sweet and even minty and dries out leaving smoke. With water gets a little creamier and sweeter and some black pepper appears in the finish. There is a lot going on here and the three casks all show their influence on the finished product.

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  • Monday, 09 May 2016 08:24

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #14

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    Location: Reserve 101, Houston, Texas

    Date: April 2016

    Price: $ 8 USD

    Recipe: Dolin Vermouth, Bulleit Bourbon, Maraschino Liqueur, Angostura Bitters

    Garnish: Cherry

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: One of my favorites (love the maraschino) and great value.  Must try with rye....

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

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