Named after a beach on Islay, Kilchoman Machir Bay is the flagship of the Kilchoman range. The first edition of the Machir Bay came on the market in 2012 and there is a yearly release ever since. But as of the fourth regular Machir Bay in 2015 Kilchoman claims to have achieved the quality they had in mind with their standard bottling. For that reason Kilchoman stopped with the indication of the vintage.
Kilchoman Machir Bay has been matured in first-fill bourbon casks, married and then finished in oloroso sherry butts before bottling. It’s around six years old. This whisky is non-chill filtered and is not coloured. Bottled at 46% ABV.
Kilchoman Machir Bay tasting notes:
Nose: Light peated, there are some citrus notes here, brine, a hint of vanilla and sugary sweetness.
Taste: Peat, a little bit of liquorice, sea salt, vanilla and a hint of milk chocolate. There are some tropical fruits in the background.
Finish: The finish is mid-long, the peat is still here, some sea salt and a pinch of white pepper and lemon juice.
A subtle and well-balanced whisky. It is clean and sweet and enjoyable to drink. Nothing too fancy though, but a nice mainstream whisky.