Whisky Focus - Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2019 Edition Review

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2019 Edition Review

25th March 2019
Review of the exclusively Oloroso sherry matured Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2019 Edition.

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2019 EditionThe Kilchoman Loch Gorm release is an exclusively sherry matured limited edition annual release from the Islay farm distillery which has been a feature of the Kilchoman range since 2012.

Over the past 7 years the Loch Gorm range of limited edition releases have been evolving, with each new edition containing a different combination of casks and as time passes, an increasingly mature combination.

This latest Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2019 Edition is no different, the 2019 release is a combination of twenty specially selected Oloroso sherry butts from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 which if you do the maths means that for the first time Loch Gorm will contain 12 and 13 year old casks from the Kilchoman warehouses.

Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director; "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 13 year old 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. Iím delighted with the 2019 release and look forward seeing how itís received."

William Morrison's Tasting Notes::

Nose: Gentle earthy and a little sooty peat smoke infused with some gentle orange citrus, a little sweet vanilla toffee, just a touch of cinnamon and just a little oak spice lurking in the background.

Taste: A delicious balance of vanilla toffee and deliciously sweet mild creamy sherried peat leads the charge, followed by a little sea saltiness and some late oak spice.

Finish: Long, some lovely gentle smoky bacon peat lingers for an age, some orange & lemon citrus, pear, a touch of dark chocolate and some lovely oak spices

Comment: Just like earlier Kilchoman Loch Gorm releases, this is no sherried monster, this is a refined, lightly sherried, peaty Kilchoman and a very good one. Over the years since its introduction I have received samples of the Loch Gorm from Kilchoman and the past couple of years I have went out and purchased a bottle for myself and this year is no different, it is a fantastic balance of Kilchoman peat and gentle Oloroso sherry, I would loved to have tasted this at a little higher strength but at its bottling strength of 46% it is outstanding. Kilchoman really has come of age now and I have no doubt that it is their creative use of both their young and old stock when putting together expressions like Loch Gorm that makes it so good.

SMW Score 90/100

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2019 is bottled at 46% ABV and will be available worldwide from the 8th April 2019 and you will find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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