One of the first things people notice about this whisky is its age. That 4 isn't a mistake, it's a feature! How often do you get to taste a whisky on its way to becoming? (In start-ups who need to see a return on their investment, that's where.) With Kilchoman you're already seeing 4, 5, and 6 year old whisky making its way into bottlings, and it won't be long until the company is putting out 10 and 12 year old expressions. It's similar to Bruichladdich's post-reboot strategy where they bottled PC7, PC8, PC9, etc. while they waited for the whisky to "finish." Lest you're tempted to think that this is ripping off the consumer, you should know that Kilchoman's Machir Bay (a vatting of 4 and 5 year old whisky) took the title of Whisky of the Year at the 2012 International Whisky Competition - the youngest whisky ever to do so. Kilchoman is often described by aficionados as "mature beyond its years," so I would not say that this particular 4 year old cask is unfinished. It is doing what single cask bottlings do best: capturing a snapshot of a great whisky in its youth for posterity. It's whisky scrapbooking. But is it worth the money?
I really am pleased to have this little crowd pleaser at the back of the cabinet. I often break it out for a teachable moment on whisky maturation, but I need to remember to enjoy it on its own more often. While it's still in stock, I suppose you can too. In either case, you really owe it to yourself to enjoy this little snippet of history in the making if you get the chance. Kilchoman is a distillery that's going places.