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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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  • Thursday, 24 May 2012 23:24

    The Kentucky Bourbon Trail... Pt 2

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    On day 2 of my Kentucky Bourbon Trail  I made it to 4 more working distilleries, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace and on day 3, just before I left, I visited a closed one; Sitizel-Weller. Favorites were Woodford Reserve and Four Roses (neither had a bottling hall) but the obligatory chocolate bourbon balls still made frequent apprearances.

    Woodford Reserve:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/328-woodford-reserve-kentucky-usa

    Four Roses:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/329-four-roses-kentucky-usa

    Wild Turkey:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/330-wild-turkey-kentucky-usa

    Buffalo Trace:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/331-buffalo-trace-kentucky-usa

    Sitzel-Weller:

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/332-stitzel-weller-kentucky-usa

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    Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish

    I always try to keep Bowmore, especially the 15 year old Darkest, close at hand.  It is one of my go to whiskies and my visit there (http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/13-bowmore-islay-scotland) ranks as one of my top visitor experiences as well.  This is not cheap... but I have to say it is probably worth every penny, and thanks to the always well stocked bar at Reserve 101 in Houston I got to try a dram of this 53.9% ABV expression.  The nose is peaty with some citrus and classic islay medicinal notes as well.  The taste is dry, spicy and creamy with milk chocolate maltesers and rich dried fruit notes.  Lots of sherry and creaminess made me think of something like a Bailey's liqueur but made with Sherry.  Peppery long finish.  My notes contained the phrase  "mind blowing"..... pretty much says it all.