Kilchoman Machir Bay


Sampled at Whisky Birmingham 2016 run by The Birmingham Whisky Club.

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.


Very light – white wine.


Initial peat hit is nearly overwhelming but eventually gives way to lemon and apple with a hint of spice at the end.


Peat running throughout with fruit coming through. Quite sweet despite the peat with a hint of vanilla and hazelnut. A hint of spice again just showing through.


Long, again peat following all the way through to the end but with tangy fruit notes mixed in.


A very strong hit of peat on the nose – be careful when you first smell this one as it can overpower you to begin with! Overall though this is a very interesting whisky and worth persisting past the heavy peat on the nose to explore its lighter side.



Taken from Kilchoman Website.



Named after the most spectacular beach on Islay, Machir Bay is the flagship of the Kilchoman range. Machir Bay is a unique and complex combination of ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry butts. The Machir Bay range was first launched in 2012 when it won the prestigious IWSC 2012 Gold Award – Best in Class. “Machir Bay has a beautiful balance of vanilla, smokey butterscotch and rich fruitiness each contributing in complexity and combining to create a truly unique Islay dram” John MacLellan, Distillery Manager

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