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