[Experiment] Whisky Experiment - Kich'n Jack 45.6%

I was talking to my dad on the phone the other day after he just had a Caol Ila 12. As the conversation went on to Bourbon, I told him to try the Blanton Gold Reserve that I left at theirs at Christmas, which he did. He did not rince his glass with water before pouring the Blanton's but was very pleasantly surprised to have whiffs of peat smoke on top of the sweet and spicy Bourbon. This gave be the idea to mix one of my Bourbons (or rather some Tennessee whiskey!) with one of my Islays. 

The two bottles I chose were my Jack Daniel's Single barrel and my Kilchoman Machir Bay (of which I have barely any left). I wasn't really sure of what to expect but it turned out to be one of the best if not my best experiment so far!


I went for about 60% Kilchoman and 40% Jack Daniel's so the mix should be around 45.6%.

Nose: Sweet and vegetal with honey, vanilla and spicy fruit, and oaky, earthy, vegetal peat notes running alongside. 

Palate: Sweet and spicy first with some fruity and honeyed notes, quite chewy and rich followed by more gingery spice before the peat comes out to play. Again, not really medicinal but more earthy. Very interesting!

Finish: Spicy bitterness wrapped in a honeyed peaty fruity sweetness. And it is rather long!

I am very pleased with this experiment as this has created quite a complex little dram which in my mind is a wonderful alternative to a good sherried peaty single malt! The only problem is that I have pretty much run out of both...
Slàinte!




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