Kilchoman - Am BurachThe Mess
Nose: Red fruits with light citrus, earthy peat smoke and hints of creamy sweetness.
Palate: Redcurrant jam, cinnamon with layers of citrus, floral sweetness and coastal influence.
Finish: Layers of cooked red fruits, vanilla, peat and lasting intensity.
Am Bùrach, Gaelic for ‘the mess’, might seem a strange name for a limited edition single malt. That would be if you were not aware of the story behind this unique bottling; the delicious consequence of an incident in 2014 where two different Kilchoman expressions were mistakenly combined.
The unnamed Stillman, whilst vatting casks, accidentally mixed Machir Bay (a core expression from Kilchoman) and PortMatured Kilchoman causing Islay Heads, General Manager, to describe the resulting whisky as ‘Am Bùrach’. The name stuck.
A true one-off, never to be repeated, Am Bùrach has a somewhat complicated nine-year maturation, a vatting of bourbon and sherry matured Kilchoman combined with port cask matured in 2014, the whisky was then filled back in bourbon barrels for a further six years ahead a six-month finish in ruby port casks.