A Quick Dram: Kilchoman Sherry Cask


I think it would take someone with a very tough view on the world not to admire what Kilchoman are trying to do. Being the first new distillery on Islay for over 120 years can’t be an easy gig but they seem to be dealing with the pressure comfortably. I’ve really liked what we’ve seen from them so far and although the liquid is young it hasn’t lacked any character.

Hitting shop shelves and bar counters near you now is their first sherry cask release. It has spent four and a half happy years in Oloroso sherry butts. I love sherry cask whisky. I love smoky whisky. I love young whisky. This should tick all the boxes for me. Did it? Well we’ll just to try it and find out!

Kilchoman Sherry Cask Release

46% ABV
£53.99 available here

Nose: The inevitable smoke first comes through chased by soft raisins and spice. I think it could resemble dropping a really nice fruit cake into a fire place but I won’t recommend trying this for health and safety reasons. Dried autumn leaves, cinnamon and toast. Water tames the smoke but brings out the sweet and the spice to keep it a lively glass of whisky.

Palate: If there are autumn leaves on the nose then the palate is a summer barbeque! Sweet and meaty (I find that strange to say but it’s true). A lovely drop that defies its years by not being too aggressive. Water again pulls down the smoke but enhances the sweetness and the spice.

Finish: Maybe the only disappointment here. Very short with only the smoke lingering for any length of time.

Overall: I really like this. A very more-ish whisky that covers all the necessary bases for me. Every time Kilchoman brings out something new I get very excited and at the moment I have no reason not to be excited as they are doing very exciting things. Long may it continue.



  1. Unfortunately being across the big “pond” in Canada, we will probably have to wait awhile to get our hands on this lovely bottle. I was fortunate enough to have, not one, but two bottles of the Kilchoman vintage 2006 release given to me recently and I am pleased beyond recognition that I have them. Unlike the majority of women, I LOVE ISLAYS and Kilchoman certainly doesn’t disappoint.

    I would highly recommend to most women who love whisky to consider getting a bottle of the Kilchoman Sherry Cask. If you follow the “typical” profile of the female whisky imbiber you should really love this dram!

    Thanks for the timely and great review. Can’t wait to beg a friend going to Scotland in a few weeks to bring me back a bottle!



  2. Cheers Johanne!
    I hope you can find a bottle soon! I have heard that it could be quite limited so if you do see one snap it up or make sure that your friend does manage to get one while they are here

  3. I believe that the release is limited to 6000 bottles world-wide. I just got my hands on a couple of bottles from a web-shop in The Netherlands (Who ship to Sweden). Can’t wait to try this tonight! It’s Friday after all! :)


  4. Hi every one! I recently received a gift from a friend who went on vacation to Ireland and brought me back a bottle of “Kilchoman Sherry Cask” and after trying it with my girlfriends, I’m with Johanne it’s definitely the best whiskey for women.

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  7. I’m curious, I own a bottle identical to that shown above with the black label (UK sherry bottle 700ml @ 46% ABV). I also owned a USA version of this bottle, black label, no band around bottom of bottle and 750ml @ 46% ABV.

    But, I’ve also seen a cask strength bottle for sale in the US with red label (USA sherry bottle 750ml @ 56.51% ABV). Anyone know anything about this cask strength USA bottle? Was this a regular release or special store bottling?

  8. I meant to say a retailer’s private bottling?

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