The 2010 Vintage is a vatting of 30 fresh bourbon barrels and 3 oloroso sherry butts filled in 2010 and matured for over 9 years.
Until the previous vintage release, 2009, the range had been matured exclusively in bourbon barrels however this year’s edition, as with the 2009 Vintage, is a vatting of both bourbon and sherry casks, this time roughly 85/15 bourbon/sherry casks.
The balance of bourbon and sherry maturation is a tried and tested combination for Kilchoman, it allows for both the vanilla and citrus flavours from the bourbon barrels and the rich, spicy influence of the oloroso sherry casks to balance and complement one another.
The core range of Machir Bay and Sanaig single malts both contain varying influences of these casks with a range of different ages in the vattings, however the 2010 Vintage stands out as an age-statement whisky, a minimum of 9 years old.
Nose: Bright notes of lemon zest, melted butter, sweet spices, and damp smouldering peat smoke.
Palate: Dried seaweed, chimney smoke, cloves, sweet tobacco, banana and linseed oil.
Finish: Dried apricot, vanilla, and rounded peat smoke.