Not long ago, Islay superstars Kilchoman shipped 12,000 new bottles of their Original Cask Strength malt. While I have yet to lay hands on said liquid, I am fortunate to call another cask strength release by Kilchoman my own, namely the Machir Bay – Tour Edition 2015. Produced exclusively for the popular farm distillery’s 10th anniversary tour through mainland Europe in late 2015, this is a real powerhouse of a whisky. Vibrant, vigorous and vehement – an outstanding Islay dram that any peat lover will enjoy tremendously. Yet, there is a hurdle. Due to its strict limitation, the Machir Bay – Tour Edition 2015 has become pretty rare in the 12 months that passed since it went on sale. If you cannot find it for a fair prize anymore, there are two alternatives: Either you go with the regular Machir Bay, which clocks in at 46 per cent. Or you reach out for one of those recently unleashed Original Cask Strength bottles.
Eye: Bleached hay.
Nose: Smoldering wood and thick smoke, mellowed by a variety of lighter fumes. If you smell it long enough, the almost 60 per cent abv of this cask strength bottling also come through.
Palate: Very massive. Vanilla crescents with lemon icing covered in a heavy cloud of peat smoke.
Finish: Prominent, potent and proud. This whisky is resolved to stay with you for a long while.
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Region: Scotland (Islay)
Age: No Age Statement
Alc. volume: 58.9 per cent
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price range: ~90.00 Euro
Limitation: 1,500 bottles
More info: http://www.kilchomandistillery.com