Kilchoman Sanaig is a rather interesting release from Islay's newest distillery. The Sanaig expression is an enjoyable peaty single malt. It has been matured in ex-bourbon and Sherry casks. It's named after a small, rocky creek near the distillery on the west coast of the island. Look out for plenty of fruit and earthy peat coming through on this one, with a touch of dark chocolate-covered raisins.
Nose: Pineapple pieces and ripped grapes. Touch of fresh coffee and subtle spicy peat. Toffee cubes.
Palate: More light fruits (this time of the peach variety), with dark chocolate raisins and a whisper of red berries. Peat grows and grows, with a little black pepper too.
Finish: lingering with coastal peat.
Kilchoman distillery was the first distillery to be built in over 100 years in Islay. When it was built it was the smallest distillery in Scotland. Few distilleries in Scotland can claim to do everything on site. Kilchoman is one of those few distilleries. The barley grows nearby at the Rockside farm and it is malted at the distillery's malting floor. This distillery released its first whisky in 2009 it was very well received by whisky enthusiasts and connoisseurs. This distillery uses mainly, ex-bourbon casks from the Buffalo trace distillery. Its core range received top prices at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2015.