Detour aside, what I tried to explain to the Kilchoman Defense League was that awards generally are great for marketing but have become so numerous and widespread that few actually matter. For any enthusiast word of mouth is a fantastic resource and the nearest equivalent of this online Whiskybase where you can gauge opinion from a widespread demographic and not just some nutter from Fife.
Colour: golden syrup
Nose: quite malty at first with resin and the aforementioned syrup coming through. Then ginger nuts, dried oranges, white grapes and almost verging on Chardonnay-like zing. Fudge sweetness and some caramel goodness. Water brings out more of the orange with added honey.
Taste: a real buttery texture and a tinge of the alcohol (in a good way) despite being 40% strength. Honeycomb, shortbread and vanilla nougat enforce that creamy aspect that lingers. Fruits with oranges and apricots especially towards the end with a toffee finish. In fact more of an orange toffee finish with the addition of water.
Overall: an excellent single malt from an unnamed Highland distillery. Whilst the origins remain a mystery I can confirm its very well made and full of flavour. Ideally I’d like this pitched a little lower on the price scale but the experience wins you over and I suppose a little mystery and intrigue is always refreshing?
The body may lack a little weight which reflects the strength and youth of this whisky but in reality I’m just nit-picking as overall I’d actually be happy enough to purchase a bottle of this. It’s a very approachable with friends and one you can produce during an evening that will go down well with whisky drinkers of all tastes.