The Islay based Kilchoman Distillery, has announced the launch of its first-ever Casado release.
Kilchoman Casado (46% ABV) is a peated (50ppm) single malt Scotch whisky, which was initially matured in Bourbon barrels for six years, before being finished for two years in Portuguese red wine vats.
Experimenting and exploring different flavours throughout the whisky-making process is something Kilchoman is renowned for. In recent years barley variety and yeast influence have been discussed in depth but wood management remains a key part of any single malt.
Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director, had the idea to try something out of the norm and purchase 6,000 litre red wine vats at char level 2 and 3. Each giving a slightly different impact on the whisky finishing inside, then marrying them together after a longer than usual finish.
This latest experimental maturation release, is said to deliver notes of intense campfire smoke, peach, plum, cherry, marzipan and layered maritime notes on the nose. Followed by notes of pepper, spice, salty peat smoke, apricot and lemon on the palate.
Commenting on the launch, Anthony Wills, said: “The red wine marriage gives the whisky layers of red fruit and spices which complement the vanilla and butterscotch influence of the bourbon barrels beautifully.”
Limited to 12,900 bottles, Kilchoman Casado is now available from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £76.85.
Posted by Steve Rush