Kilchoman Distillery

Machir Bay Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

9.427 ratings
9.66 pro ratings
Islay, Scotland, United Kingdom
Top Notes For
Aaron Tan

I'd still prefer wine after a dry run, but this whiskey sure did hit a spot. The balance and complexity of the Machir Bay is just undeniable, evident from the score achieved here. Fresh, zesty fruits are starkly juxtoposed with pastry-like nutty, creamy vanillin notes. The peat straddles the line between salinity and camp fire smoke. A rockstar finish that just lingers with sweet, malty flavour and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. Needs a little air to sort out some initial aggression, but once that settles, I felt nothing was out of place. Best entry-level Islay for me! 2019 bottling here.

I'd still prefer wine after a dry run, but this whiskey sure did hit a spot. The balance and complexity of the Machir Bay is just undeniable, evident from the score achieved here. Fresh, zesty fruits are starkly juxtoposed with pastry-like nutty, creamy vanillin notes. The peat straddles the line between salinity and camp fire smoke. A rockstar finish that just lingers with sweet, malty flavour and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. Needs a little air to sort out some initial aggression, but once that settles, I felt nothing was out of place. Best entry-level Islay for me! 2019 bottling here.

Aug 14th, 2021
Nick Davis

Truly fantastic. Delicate yet powerful smoke, with tropical fruit and honey.

Truly fantastic. Delicate yet powerful smoke, with tropical fruit and honey.

Nov 12th, 2014
Anthony Ianni

Grower scotch. You need it.

Grower scotch. You need it.

Jul 5th, 2014
John Lin

Nose like Balkan sobrani tobacco. Light color and smooth delivery. A great Islay scotch for new drinkers. Lightly peated.

Nose like Balkan sobrani tobacco. Light color and smooth delivery. A great Islay scotch for new drinkers. Lightly peated.

Dec 29th, 2015
Zoe Zhou

floral& vanilla

floral& vanilla

Nov 7th, 2015
Philip Cook

Smoke monster.

Smoke monster.

Jun 30th, 2015
Nicolas Reines

Smoke smoke smoke! Fruity palate!

Smoke smoke smoke! Fruity palate!

Mar 25th, 2015
Matt Nicoletti

Peaty! Velvet finish.

Peaty! Velvet finish.

Mar 1st, 2015
Stephen Sandifer

Monster peatiness, better opened with a splash

Monster peatiness, better opened with a splash

Feb 6th, 2015
Jens-Christian Cors

Smoky Islay Whisky

Smoky Islay Whisky

Jan 24th, 2015