These are the short tasting notes from the 100% Islay 4th edition. September 2014 at Kilchoman Distillery. A whisky that only uses locally produced barley, aged in first fill bourbon casks and bottled at 50%ABV. Only lightly peated and going by the introductory remarks of our tour guide, this is what's supposed to be their ultimate product.
Nose:notes of citrus, biscuity malt, figs, brine and a fairly soft layer of smoke.
Mouth:sharp on the palate, a body that is both creamy and briny fruity notes of pears, some vanilla and wood polish.
Finish:medium long finish: peat, lime and elements of oak.
< 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs 75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it 80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet 90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle 95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house