Review: Kilchoman Sanaig


Kilchoman distillerySee this post for detailed history of Kilchoman distillery.

Kilchoman recently released a new expression that will become a staple of it’s core range. Named after a rocky inlet North West of the distillery, Sanaig, contains spirit that is predominantly aged in Oloroso sherry casks. The expression is a contrast to their other core bottling, Machir Bay, which has a predominantly bourbon cask influence. Like all of Kilchoman’s expressions Sanaig is bottled at 46% ABV.

Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director; “Sanaig represents another significant step forward for Kilchoman, it is important to be able to offer customers consistently available releases, until now Machir Bay has been performing that leading role, Sanaig will now share the spotlight.”

Tasting Notes

Kilchoman SanaigNose: oak spices, black pepper, vanilla, raspberries, raisins, red dates, char, slightly nutty

Mouth: dried red cherries, plums, black pepper, cinnamon, smoky, peat, full bodied

Finish: bitter dark chocolate, oak spices, lingering smoke, barrel char

Score: 82/100

Verdict: The nose is full of barrel char, oak spices and black pepper. After the initial whiff there is vanilla, raspberries, raisins and red dates. On the mouth there is rich peat, cinnamon, plums and dried red cherries. It’s a full bodied and well rounded spirit. There’s a noticeable emphasis on red fruits in the mouth which is due in large part to the Oloroso sherry cask influence. The finish leads with oak spices then lingers with smoke and bitter dark chocolate. This dram is delicious as are all of Kilchoman’s expressions. I’m a huge fan/advocate of Kilchoman and I have a great appreciation for the spirit they produce. This expression is a worthy inductee into their core range and I recommend you check it out if you have any inclination towards Islays.

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