Last night in London kilts and headdresses collided as two very distinct worlds united. It’s hard to imagine there has ever been a more amusingly incongruous marriage than Scotland and Brazil. Certainly the marketing minds behind Ballantine’s Brasil have been having fun with the idea. The launch's accompanying cocktail creations include the Highland Samba and the Glen Coco.
The cask strength 50% alcohol by volume whisky has been made from barley grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled at the tiny distillery.
Kilchomen, which produces only 100,000 litres of alcohol a year, was founded in 2005 by a group of private investors. It claims to be the first distillery to be built on the iconic Scottish western island of Islay for 120 years.
Pale golden in colour, it is described as: “an initial sweetness, followed by soft peat smoke and mixed fruits”.
At the official launch yesterday (June 16), Charles MacLean, doyen of the whisky writers and tasters, described Kilchoman as “like Chardonnay (in colour), maritime. Light, oily with a trace of sweetness, spritzy with a saltiness.”
He concluded: “Remarkably mellow at 50%.”
It was aged in four especially selected bourbon barrels and aged for three years.