Kilchoman Sanaig

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

I am a peat head; pure and simple! Now don’t get me wrong I love all kinds of whisky and especially sherried expressions but given the choice I’d go for a good peaty dram any day. Kilchoman hark from that magical island of Islay and although a young distillery (Founded 2005) I haven’t found a single expression of theirs that I haven’t enjoyed. Sanaig is a particular favourite of mine now as it combines the peatiness which I love with a good sherry influence to give an exciting mix of smoke and fruit.

Sanaig is matured in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks, with olorroso sherry casks making up the majority. The result is a sweet and fruity dram that still packs a good peaty, smoky punch.

Kilchoman Sanaig:

Nose:

Peat and smoke straight away but quickly developing into something sweeter. Dark chocolate, toffee and a touch of vanilla. Fruity notes start to show up next with cherries coming through strong for me.

Palate:

That fruit is stronger now, again cherries but also blackberries and raisins. Dark chocolate again and a hint of coffee. Then that peat and smoke shows its head again and slowly builds and builds along with a touch of peppery spice.

Finish:

The smoke really shines through again on the finish. Again that dark chocolate has followed through all the way from the nose and right at the end you get a touch sweet, fruitiness.

Click HERE to buy the Kilchoman Sanaig.

A stunning dram and we’ll worth the price tag of around £50 (£50.99 at House of Malt to be precise). If you like you’re Islay whiskies then you can’t go wrong with Kilchoman – their younger malts are showing that NAS can be done well and can give some aged malts a run for their money.

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