Taste Guide: Madeira Cask

The first Madeira Cask Release by Kilchoman was released on 1 December 2014 exclusively for members of the Kilchoman Club. For this 3rd Club Release, two fresh Madeira casks were selected that had been filled on 11 February 2010.
Anthony Wills wrote about this release: »We filled a small number of Madeira casks in early 2010 as a bit of an experiment and we are very happy with the results; the strong, robust Madeira maturation has certainly made its presence felt, that said the spirit retains a lot of the classic Kilchoman characteristics.
I wanted to offer our members something they wouldn’t have tried from us before. It’s a shame we couldn’t have made more bottles available but we need to retain some stock for future releases.«

The first Madeira Cask Matured Limited Release followed a year later on 5 October 2015. Distilled at the beginning of 2011, the whisky was stored in Madeira casks for over 4 years. Bottled were 6,100 bottles with an alcohol content of 50% abv.

Since then, Madeira Finish bottlings for different countries have followed relatively regularly, with different Madeira finishing periods ranging from 6 weeks to two years. A good twenty bottlings have been released worldwide to date, which allow Kilchoman aficionados to very well understand the Madeira cask influence on the maturation.

Several bottlings with Madeira cask content have also appeared within the Small Batch range for selected markets, the concept of which is known to illustrate the influence of different “experimental” cask types on Kilchoman whisky.

Finally, in March 2022, the second Madeira Cask Matured Limited Release followed with an edition of 17,000 bottles. This bottling was supposed to be released in autumn 2021, but due to a shortage of empty Kilchoman bottles, the release had to be postponed to the beginning of 2022 – with the exception of some markets (e.g. Sweden), which had already been supplied before the bottle problem.
This second Kilchoman Madeira Cask Matured Release is a vatting of 46 fresh Madeira Hogsheads, in which the whisky distilled in May 2016 could mature for more than 5 years.

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Kilchoman Madeira Cask Releases (finish and full maturation)

ReleaseCask No.Cask FilledBottledMaturation
Small Batch Release for The Kilchoman Club, 3rd Edition65/2010, 66/201011.02.201024.11.2014full maturation: 4 years
Madeira Cask Matured Release 20112015full maturation: 4 years
Madeira Single Cask for The Distillery Shop69/2010 11.02.2010 01.03.2018 full maturation : 8 years
Madeira Matured Single Cask for SMCC67/201011.02.201022.04.2019full maturation: 9 years
100% Islay Madeira Matured Single Cask for Taiwan116/201215.03.201203.05.2019full maturation: 7 years
100% Islay Madeira Matured Single Cask for Y´s Cask, Toko – Tokyo117/201215.03.201229.07.2019full maturation: 7 years
Madeira Matured Single Cask for Bar Top Note70/201011.02.201029.07.2019full maturation: 9 years
Madeira Cask Matured 2021 EditionMay 20162021/2022full maturation: 5 years
Single Cask Volume 1: 6 week Madeira Finish (Viking Cinderella Whiskyfair 2019)445/201128.07.201127.08.2018Finish: 6 weeks
Single Cask Volume 2: 6 month Madeira Finish (Viking Cinderella Whiskyfair 2019)445/201128.07.201116.01.2019Finish: 6 month
Madeira Finish Single Cask for Holy Dram Israel180/201212.04.201214.02.2019Finish
Madeira Finish Single Cask for La Société des Alcools du Québec523/201101.09.201120.02.2019Finish
Madeira Finish Single Cask for Spec´s763/201109.12.201107.04.2019Finish: 7 month
Madeira Finish Single Cask 7 yo for The Distillery Shop521/201101.09.201110.04.2019Finish: 7 month
Madeira Finish Single Cask for Bresser & Timmer81/201201.03.201222.04.2019Finish: 7 month
Madeira Finish Single Cask for 2019 Taoyuan Whisky Taste529/201101.09.201104.05.2019Finish: 8 month
Twin Cask Release Madeira Finish for Prima Vinum528/2011 & 764/201101.09.2011
09.12.2011
03.06.2019Finish: 8 month
Madeira Finish Single Cask for Greek Whisky Association183/201212.04.201217.06.2019Finish
Madeira Finish Single Cask for Gold Medal Marketing Inc. Alberta, Canada766/201109.12.201112.08.2019Finish: 11 month
Madeira Finish Single Cask 7 yo for The Distillery Shop179/201212.04.201219.08.2019Finish: 16 month
Madeira Finish Single Cask for Mizunara, Hong Kong767/201109.12.201101.10.2019Finish: 1 year
Madeira Finish Single Cask for Whisk-e Ltd, Japan526/201101.09.201125.10.2019Finish
Madeira Finish Single Cask for Tiger´s Finest Selection178/201212.04.20122019Finish
Madeira Finish Single Cask for Bulgaria182/201212.04.201224.01.2020Finish: 18 month
Madeira Finish 8 yo Single Cask for Warehouse Liquors (Chicago)83/201201.03.201201.03.2020Finish: 18 month
Madeira Finish Single Cask [Online Shop Exclusive]765/201109.12.201103.04.2020Finish: 19 month
Madeira Finish Single Cask for Cask Norway184/201212.04.201212.04.2020Finish: 19 month
Madeira (Finish) Single Cask (Uniquely Islay Series – An t-Earrach 2020 #1/9)181/201212.04.201230.04.2020Finish: 19 month
Madeira (Finish) Single Cask (Uniquely Islay Series – An t-Earrach 2020 #2/9)185/201212.04.201230.04.2020Finish: 19 month
Madeira Finish Single Cask for Whizita768/201109.12.201105.11.2020Finish: 2 years
Madeira (Finish) Single Cask (Uniquely Islay Series – An Samhradh 2021 #2/9)79/2012 01.03.2012 17.06.2021 Finish: 2 years
UK Small Batch No. 129.10.201970% Bourbon, 5% Oloroso Sherry, 25% Madeira
USA Small Batch No. 218.02.202070% Bourbon, 5% Oloroso Sherry, 25% Madeira
Japan Small Batch No. 1202070% Bourbon, 5% Oloroso Sherry, 25% Madeira
The Netherlands Small Batch No. 208.07.202070% Bourbon, 5% Oloroso Sherry, 25% Madeira
Finland Small Batch No. 316.03.202170% Bourbon, 5% Oloroso Sherry, 25% Madeira
USA Small Batch No. 4202165% Bourbon, 5% Oloroso Sherry, 30% Madeira