ABV: 46 %
Type: Single malt
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Emptied bottles: 0
Nose: This is fresh and peaty with a youthness to it. The peat is a warm, burning woodfire and vanilla incense. It’s got a very sweet aura with honey and sherry notes, which are well hidden at first. They never take over but hints of blueberry juice and some plums are peeking through and somehow create a nice layer in the back. The peat delivers some ashy notes after some time in the glass.
Mouth: It starts out mild with a lemon note coming through before the sweetness takes over. It’s vanilla heavy with honey and burning wood accents. The texture is oily and there are savory notes deep within. A spicyness builds up over time but it never covers the other flavours. The sherry notes are still hiding behind the honey, making it hard to pinpoint. It’s very integrated into the honey and vanilla. Some raisins seem to come through after a few sips though. A cardboard note sits in the back of the palate and that brings it down a notch.
Finish: A peppery note comes through before it lands straight into the oak. The sweetness and the peat notes return and they are very consistant throughout. The raisins seem to refuse to come forward from behind the honey, but they do make their presence known. The finish also offer a quite noticable layer of lemon juice around the edges and that note survives when everything else dies down.
The Sanaig is part of Kilchoman’s core range. It’s aged in European ex-Oloroso sherry casks and american ex-bourbon barrels separatly. They are vatted together with a higher proportion of sherry casks. The Peat level is 50 ppm. It’s unchillfiltered and has natural colour.