The Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2020 release is a great celebration of the boldest and best whisky flavours.
Kilchoman’s Loch Gorm bottling is released every year, and every year they seem to have created liquid gold. The expression is a homage to the actual Loch Gorm, which is Islay’s biggest freshwater lake and which Kilchoman Distillery overlooks.
The distillery itself has a fascinating history. Although history is a strong word, as it was founded in 2005, making it decades if not centuries younger than most other Scotch distilleries, including it’s Islay neighbours. In fact, it was the first new distillery to be established in Islay in 124 years.
They pride themselves on being fully independent and being a farm distillery, which means that they produce everything and carry out all processes, including bottling, on the same site. This isn’t very common in Scotch production as many brands are simply too big to ba able to do all the work at the same place.
Their Loch Gorm expression is very well loved and respected by critics and fans alike. It is a combination of two of Scotch’s most famous flavours, in one harmonious pairing. Bringing together peated malt with oloroso sherry casks, the flavours that abound in this malt are well developed and rich.
Their 2020 edition has been created using 21 sherry butts using a vatting method to combine the flavours.
Tasting notes for Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2020 Single Malt Islay Scotch Whisky
The nose begins with big notes of dried fruit, spices and malted grain. It is aromatic and warm, with a wonderful waft of peat smoke throughout.
The palate brings in more citrus fruits, caramel and charcoal notes. You can really taste the sherry notes, with lots of dried fruits and cinnamon spices. There is also a hint of more seaside flavours, like salt and brine. Peat smoke is present throughout.
The finish is bold and spicy, with a lasting notes of peat smoke and a hint of dark chocolate.
Loch Gorm is a magnificent whisky that does justice to both its sherry notes and peat flavours. A must for Islay fans.
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