Kilchoman – Loch Gorm 2019
Just arrived here at Whisky Boys HQ a wee sample of the new 2019 Loch Gorm from Kilchoman.
Loch Gorm is a yearly release of sherry cask maturation. This special edition is the sole expression in the Kilchoman range to be fully matured in sherry casks. Limited to only 15000 bottles and includes oloroso sherry butts from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,and 2011 so for the first time this Loch Gorm contains 12/13 year old casks.
Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director, said: “It has been fascinating to see first-hand how the character of our oloroso butts have developed over the years. Recent editions of Loch Gorm have seen a coming-of-age for the range, the addition 12 and 13yearold casks add a fantastic balance and complexity. Layers of stewed plums, pears and tropical fruit have become more defined in the casks as they age, complimenting the bold spicy and rich character of early releases to create a beautiful marriage of Kilchoman and oloroso sherry cask maturation. I’m delighted with the 2019 release and look forward seeing how it’s received.”
Let’s now have a taste.
Kilchoman – 2019 Loch Gorm Limited Edition, Islay Single Malt Whisky 46% Alc/vol 70 cl
Colour…Islay winter sunset
Nose…A citric burst to start with, ocean sea spray on rocks, a wee hint of meatiness, oak spice, smoked mussels.
Taste…Stewed soft fruits, sea water saltiness, red berries and a drizzle of honey, heathery herbal notes, venison sausages,damp white pepper mixed with coal dust, heather moor after a fire.
Finish…Sweet and quite fruity, getting a touch of dark chocolate, more oak spice,a pleasant heat on the finish.
Well done all at Kilchoman this is quite a triumph, priced at around the £70.00 mark, it is not too dear, this is one to have in the Whisky Boys cabinet.