Kilchoman Machir Bay, fresh from Islay!
Its funny how a lot of times the age of a whisky is linked to its quality. Infact I have realised that a lot of times, I prefer the 15 years old expression of a single malt rather than the 18 years. While 10 and 12 years is now considered as the standard or average minimum age to buy a single malt, the 4 year old Kilchoman Machir Bay knocked my socks off!
Yes, 4 years old. FOUR. It even won the Gold Medal at the 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition. They just won three medals in this years edition of the competition. Machir Bay is a vatting of mostly 4 years and some 5 years old ex Bourbon and Sherry matured whisky.
Now why haven’t you heard about Kilchoman yet? They setup in 2005, and the first to be built on Islay for the last 124 years. Hence their expressions are young. They are one of only six distilleries to carry out traditional floor maltings along with growing their own barley, which is not the case with most distilleries.
Last week we tasted the Machir Bay. Looking like a bunch of nerds, we all had our diary ready to take notes, made sure our palates were cleansed along with proper whisky tasting glasses ofcourse.
Nose : Peat on the nose immediately, but sweet like candied bacon and not ash along with some orange zest and marzipan.
Palate : Orange zesty marmalade notes leading to oak and spice, with anise and peat on the finish. Lovely long finish. The whisky is complex, yet approachable and is fresh. It’s almost like a younger brother of Monkey Shoulder, but from Islay.
I have saved information for the last. The Vault is bringing in Kilchoman to India. Along with Kilchoman, The Vault is also introducing 4 more single malts along with other small batch spirits. A bottle of Machir Bay will retail for around Rs. 8800 in Mumbai. For more information about this, you can get in touch with Vir Satyan on +918080494549 | firstname.lastname@example.org