Kilchoman Vintage 2010

Cask type: 42 Ex-Bourbon Barrels, 3 Oloroso Sherry Butts

Vintage: 2010

Bottled: October 2019

Age: 9 yo

Strength: 48,0 % abv

Phenol level: 50 ppm

Number of bottles: 15.000

Bottle size: 0,7 l / 0,75 l

Bottle code:
V10 04.10.19 19/116
V10 11.10.19 19/116

Distribution: worldwide

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The latest and fifth edition of the biennial Vintage series is a vatting of 45 barrels – 42 ex-Bourbon Barrels and 3 Oloroso Sherry Butts – all filled in 2010. The 9-year-old whisky was bottled at 48% alcohol content, as usual at Kilchoman, not coloured and not chill filtered. The 15.000-bottle release went on sale on 16 October 2019, in the UK at a price of £73.50.
While the first 3 editions of the Vintage series were aged exclusively in Bourbon barrels, this was changed with the last release to a vatting of mainly Bourbon and some Oloroso Sherry casks. This year the ratio is about 85% Bourbon to 15% Sherry. Kilchoman has tried combining bourbon and sherry barrels of different ages and blending ratios since its first bottlings in 2009. Anthony Wills stressed that a blending 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.