One might think that the 2014 bottling of Kildalton would be a replica of the original one, launched 10 years before.
Well, one would be wrong, these whiskies have very little in common – they came from one distillery and they share their name (Kildalton is a Celtic cross carved probably in the 8th Century, now sited in the churchyard of the former parish of Kildalton, about six miles from the distillery). The idea behind the new release was a fund raising for so called “Kildalton project” sanctioned by Glenmorangie plc (owners of Ardbeg), North Highland Initiative (the charity) and Charles, Prince of Wales, in order to support “fragile, rural communities” in Scotland. The new Kildalton is a vatting of ex-sherry and ex-bourbon whiskies, both first and second fill. It carries no age statement and as oppose to the original one it’s peated!!!
Nose: very seductive, vanilla cream, tropical fruit, salty sea breeze, white pepper, mint and peat smoke.
Palate: smooth and perfectly balanced, dark chocolate, vanilla, creamy maltiness, frutti di mare, light spice and peat smoke.
Finish: long and soothing, vanilla, citrus, herbs and peat smoke.