Appearance : bright gold.
Nose : rich, unctuous. On the first nose, an oily (smoked fish) and empyreumatic (diesel, soot) peat takes centre-stage. Allowed to breathe, sleet, fresh walnut and candied fruits (pear, apple) appear alongside medicinal notes (tiger balm, camphor) and aromas of damp soil and undergrowth (fallen leaves, moss). This aromatic evolution pays witness to the stunning maturity of this Kilchoman that dates back to the genesis of the distillery.
Palate : powerful, lively. On the attack, like an eroding cliff, blocks of peat crash against the palate. As they fall they bring with them root ginger, mineral salts, seaweed and candied citrus fruit (lemon, grapefruit). On the mid-palate, flavours of straw, wildflower (dandelion) and smoke (smoking cigars) bring a wonderful feeling of flourishment to the flavour palette. The end of the palate is liquorice and milky.
Overall : long, creamy. At the start of the finish a chocolate yet salty peat coats the taste buds. Gradually, almond syrup, red fruit (raspberry, strawberry), candied apricot and dried fruits (almond, date) nuance the tasting. On the retro-nasal olfaction, sweet spices (cinnamon, ginger) and vanilla accompany smoke rings escaping from a Havana cigar. The empty glass is floral (peony), resinous (pine), malty, spiritual (incense) musky and spicy (star anise).