20 Fino Sherry butts from Bodega Jose y Miguel Martin of Spain, chosen for their outstanding standard of quality. The 2020 fino release was truly one of the best releases from the distillery and this single malt release for 2023 is just as stunning.
Nose – Elegant, dry peat smoke on the initial nosing, gradually opens to the unmistakable fruity character of kilchoman. The distinct influence from the Fino sherry casks provides dry, smoked oak which balances with the smoke found in the heavily peated Kilchoman malt. A lasting aroma of sweet butterscotch as the whisky begins to open.
Palate – Honeycomb sweetness can be found immediately on the palate, gradually giving way to rich toffee and caramel. The Kilchoman spirit brings together candied fruits and fresh citrus found in the distillation. Flaked almonds and a delicate peat smoke remain throughout.
Finish – Long-lasting considered finish combining the malty spirit of Kilchoman, with the ripened citrus fruit profile provided by the Fino Sherry casks. A subtle peat smoke which has coated the palate right through now shares the finish with hints of dark chocolate.