Here it is, the fourth and final limited edition release of 2019, the 2010 Vintage, 9 year old.
Kilchoman have been launching single vintage releases for a number of years, they are classic Kilchoman but also each marks the development in the age profile of their maturing casks.
The 2010 Vintage is a vatting of 45 casks, all filled in 2010. It consists of 42 fresh bourbon barrels and 3 oloroso sherry butts, bottled at 48% abv with no chill filtration or colouring (as with all Kilchoman bottlings). A total of 15,000 bottles will be available worldwide.
Until the previous vintage release, 2009 Vintage, the range had been matured exclusively in bourbon barrels however this year’s edition, as with the 2009 Vintage, is a vatting of both bourbon and sherry casks, this time roughly 85/15 bourbon/sherry casks. The balance of bourbon and sherry maturation is a tried and tested combination for Kilchoman, it allows for both the vanilla and citrus flavours from the bourbon barrels and the rich, spicy influence of the oloroso sherry casks to balance and complement one another.
The core range of Machir Bay and Sanaig single malts both contain varying influences of these casks with a range of different ages in the vattings, however the 2010 Vintage stands out as an age-statement whisky, a minimum of 9 years old.
“These proportions of bourbon and sherry cask maturation has always worked well for our spirit, it allows the unique distillery characteristics of maritime peat smoke and citrus sweetness to flourish whilst the addition of a few particularly good sherry casks add extra layers of cooked fruits, richness and mixed of spices”
Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder & MD