Single Cask Nation: Kilchoman 4 Year Old

The Single Cask Nation lads with Dr Bill Lumsden (Glenmorangie)

Just before Christmas, I reviewed one of the first releases from the newest whisky bottler on the block; Single Cask Nation. It was an Arran Pinot Noir finish (read about it here), and I absolutely loved how bizarre it was. When I received the samples of the Single Cask Nation stuff, I nosed each sample bottle, and I was very excited, just with unusual aromas emanating from the bottle. I admit, I had planned to taste the other bottles over the holiday period, but with working quite a bit around Christmas, and trying to consume as much food, wine and beer as humanly possible, I am just getting to my review now.

Single Cask Nation Kilchoman
1st Fill Bourbon
4 Years Old, 58.4% ABV
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Nose: Leather, peat smoke, brine and a slight BBQ smoke. Blind it could be a far older Islay, like Lagavulin 16 or an older Caol Ila. When it warmed in the glass, it became fruitier. Bananas and berries.

With water: More nutty with water. Pecan notes and more of that chocolate.

Recently, I have gone off big smoky whiskies. This is perfect for my palate. It has the balance of smoke and flavour.

Palate: Nice hint of red berries and blackberries at the front of the palate. A delicate beach smoke and chocolate note.

With water: Light and lively. A bit more lemon.

Finish: Just keeps going. A lovely lingering smoke.

A thoroughly enjoyable whisky. For a cask strength whisky, it’s surprisingly easy drinking. Very much a session dram. I could have a good few many of these in an evening. A tip of the cap to Kilchoman for another excellent whisky and to the chaps at Single Cask Nation for choosing another top cask.

Chris Hoban



  1. Thanks so much for another stellar review, Chris. We agree with you that despite it being 58% Alc. it goes down very easily. We’re also very happy that you found a balance between smoke and flavor.

    Can’t wait to see what you think of the BenRiach 17 Year Old.

    Slainte & l’chaim!

  2. Lately I’ve been gravitating toward anything that tastes smokey or like it has BBQ involved in any way; this whisky does a great job integrating those flavors with other notes.

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