Kilchoman Sanaig Single Malt Scotch 750ml
Kilchoman Sanaig Single Malt is a new continuously available release along with Machir bay. Named after a rocky inlet northwest of the distillery, sanaig, has a predominantly sherry cask influence owing to the significant time spent in oloroso sherry casks. These aged oloroso casks contribute a drastically transformed depth of color and character compared to the mostly Bourbon cask matured Machir Bay. ‘cask influence’ bars now feature on the packaging of both sanaig and Machir bay to illustrate the different flavor profiles of the two core expressions.
Anthony wills, kilchoman founder and managing director; “sanaig represents another significant step forward for kilchoman, it is important to be able to offer customers consistently available releases, until now Machir bay has been performing that leading role, sanaig will now share the spotlight.”
Whisky advocate – a new, and welcome, a permanent member of the core kilchoman range. This comes from a mix of sherry finished and sherry matured whisky. The nose kicks off with a lovely cigar ash note a cigar club toward the end. The evening and while there are some dried fruits from the sherry, kilchoman’s gentle. Light character gives energy and lemony lift shellfish, grass, and herbs. Lovely balance. Rounded, softly fruity, and highly approachable.
A handsome release from Islay’s newest distillery, Kilchoman Sanaig is an enjoyably peaty single malt that has been vatted from both bourbon and Sherry casks. It’s named after a small, rocky creek rather near the distillery on the west coast of the island. Look out for plenty of fruit and earthy peat coming through on this one, with a touch of dark chocolate-covered raisins.
Pineapple chunks and white grapes. Hints of fresh coffee carry the earthy, subtly spicy peat. Toffee cubes.
More light fruits (this time of the peach variety), with dark chocolate raisins and a whisper of red berries. Peat grows and grows, with a little black pepper too.
Quite long with coastal peat lasting.