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Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021 Review

7th April 2021
Review of the Oloroso sherry butt matured Loch Gorm 2021 Edition.

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021 is the latest instalment of the exclusively sherry matured limited edition annual release from the Kilchoman farm distillery on the Isle of Islay.

The sherried Kilchoman dram takes its name from Islayís largest freshwater loch which neighbours the farm distillery, Loch Gorm is their only annual limited edition matured entirely in Oloroso sherry casks.

Year on year the vatting of Loch Gorm subtly changes (and sometimes not so subtly), in age, colour and character.

This latest Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021 release is a combination of 24 Oloroso sherry butts which were filled in 2011 and 2012. These large 500 litre sherry butts were sourced from the renowned Bodega Miguel Martin in Spain and filled with Kilchoman spirit peated to 50ppm.

The peaty Kilchoman spirit was matured in the 24 Oloroso sherry butts for a minimum of 9 years before being vatted together and bottled non chill-filtered and naturally coloured at 46% ABV and those 24 butts have produced 17,000 bottles for the 2021 release of Loch Gorm.

Commenting on the Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021 release Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Master Distiller said: "Although we have always filled the bulk of our spirit into ex-bourbon barrels, the Loch Gorm releases have shown how well our peated Islay spirit can combine with sherry casks, something thatís not always an easy task.

"Rich bold flavours with a breadth, depth and balance of character that sets it apart, the 2021 edition is packed with juicy fruit, macerated lemon and sweet chargrilled BBQ smoke."

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021 will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021 Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Gentle earthy peat smoke infused with lemon citrus and rounded by the slightly gentler sherry fruit, some toffee and a wee touch of spice.

Taste: A delicious slightly salted earthy peat and sweet raisin and sultana infusion leads, closely followed by some gentle orange and lemon citrus, a little vanilla toffee, just a touch of cinnamon and some lovely sweet oak spice.

Finish: A deliciously long finish with lingering sweet oak spices and sherry infused sugar cured gentle smoky bacon peat, a late touch of pear and some dark chocolate.

Comment: As always a delicious balance of Kilchoman's earthy peat and sherry, as modest as they are the sweet oak and sherry spices build after a few mouthfuls adding to the pleasure. I just love the fact that each Loch Gorm release is subtly different from previous Loch Gorm releases as billed and 2021 is another fantastic balance of Kilchoman peat and gentle Oloroso sherry. If you enjoy sherry with your peat then this is hard to beat, it is another well put together creative mix of Kilchoman's peated whisky matured in quality sherry casks.

SMW Score 91/100

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