Kilchoman announces the Vintage Release 2010

The latest and fifth edition of the biennial Vintage series is a vatting of 45 casks – 42 ex-Bourbon Barrels and 3 Oloroso Sherry Butts – all filled in 2010. The 9-year-old whisky, with an alcohol content of 48%, was bottled at Kilchoman without colouring and without chill filtration, as usual. The 15.000-bottle release will be launched on October 16th and will be available in the UK at a price of £73.50.

While the first 3 editions of the Vintage series were aged exclusively in Bourbon barrels, the last release changed this to a vatting of mainly Bourbon and some Oloroso Sherry casks. This year the ratio is about 85% Bourbon to 15% Sherry. Kilchoman has been trying out the combination of bourbon and sherry casks of different ages and mixing ratios since its first bottlings in 2009. Anthony Wills stressed that a mixing ratio of approximately 85:15 results in a particularly good balance between the vanilla and citrus notes of the bourbon barrels and the spicy tones of the sherry butts.

The tasting notes of the Vintage 2010, especially a comparison to the earlier editions, will be available here soon.