Kilchoman’s annual Loch Gorm release is always a highlight of the whisky calendar, especially for those who like their whisky peaty and well-sherried (we do).
Loch Gorm is named after a nearby lake, with the dark colour of the sherry matured dram reflecting the peaty, murky Loch.
This is the only whisky in the Kilchoman standard range that is fully sherry matured, having been aged in Oloroso butts. For the 2019 offering, distillery founder Antony Wills has chosen 20 different sherry butts from the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011, meaning that this bottling contains some spirit as old as 12 and 13 years – extremely old for a Kilchoman!
“It has been fascinating to see first-hand how the character of our oloroso butts have developed. Recent editions of Loch Gorm have seen a coming-of-age for the range, the addition 12 and 13 year old casks add a fantastic balance and complexity.”
This older Loch Gorm has considerably more depth than previous releases, offering notes of stewed plums, apple, pear, vanilla, mango, pineapple chunks, citrus rind, figs, toasted spice, burnt oak, dates, raisins, toffee, dark sugar, sherry, chocolate, and classic Kilchoman ashy peat.
The whisky is peated to 50 parts per million, and bottled at 46% ABV. It is both non chill filtered and natural in colour.