I love peated whiskies just as much as the unpeated whiskies. Today it is time for a peated whisky from Kilchoman Distillery on Islay. I always take the opportunity to taste Kilchoman when I am at a bar or a fair, but I have not owned my own until now! Even though I have visited the distillery twice! (Read about the last visit here.) Well, about time I have a bottle at home. This is what they say about Comraich:
Kilchoman Comraich is a global network of bars dedicated to the enjoyment of Kilchoman single malt. Here you will find the finest and widest range of Kilchoman single malts, including special Comraich bottlings exclusively available from Comraich sanctuaries.
The ruined Kilchoman Church stands proudly beneath the cliffs of Creag Mhór, half a mile west of the distillery. Chief amongst its artefacts are Sanctuary stones dating back to the 800s. Such sanctuary stones were common place in medieval times, marking an area of ‘Comraich’ or sanctuary in the local Gaelic language, safe from harassment and arrest.
Kilchoman Comraichs are a collection of sanctuaries, sheltered from the commotion of the outside world, dedicated to the enjoyment of Kilchoman Single Malt. Kilchoman Comraich establishments serve as bastions of Kilchoman with exclusive access to the Kilchoman Comraich batches. These will be available solely from the Comraichs along with a wide range of other Kilchoman bottlings.
Kilchoman Comraich Batch No. 1 is a vatting of oloroso sherry butts and bourbon barrels selected by Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder. It is bottled at 55,5 ABV.
Peaty and meaty! Wow! Sausage, a smoked one from a camp fire on the beach. Smoke, salt, sea and bouillon. Quite a fat smell. Mmm…rich and peaty on the palate. Warm and meaty. Bouillon and salt, and sweet at the same time. Some sort of salted caramel. The finish is rich as well. Peat, meat, caramel and salt. It lingers.
My score: nose 23 / taste 22 / finish 23 / balance 22 = 90