Despite being young when compared to other Islay distilleries, Kilchoman – Islay’s Farm Distillery – managed to secure a great name for itself thanks to some great line of expressions released on an annual basis. One of my favorites from these is  ‘Loch Gorm’ which is the name given to Kilchoman’s sherry cask matured whisky.

The name comes from the Gorm Lake – Loch Gorm – a famously peaty loch at the end of the Kilchoman drive.

2017 edition is the 6th release of this expression. The spirit was distilled in 2009 and matured exclusively in Oloroso Sherry Butts from the famous Bodegas Miguel Martin. Limited to just 13.500 bottle, this is the only release to be maturated exclusively in Oloroso sherry casks from the distillery. Regarding this particular release Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director commented;

“ It shows wonderful balance between the peat smoke and spicy rich flavors typical of sherry cask maturation… Loch Gorm is undoubtedly assertive however in the midst of its distinctive peat smoke and sherry character it retains a certain finesse and subtlety.”

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2017 is a NAS (Non Age Statement) product which comes at 46% ABV. As in all Kilchoman releases, It is Non-Chilled filtered and does not contain any coloring additives. At the time of this post, it is available on Whisky Exchange with a price tag of £67.95

Kilchoman Loch Grom 2017

Kilchoman Loch Grom 2107 Whisky Tasting Notes

Color: Amber color with dark golden highlights…

Nose: Nice and not overwhelming Islay opening… Light sea breeze carrying the notes of the sea… sea salt and iodine… Nice amount of peaty smokiness as if coming from a bonfire a bit far away… Fruity sweetness more like orange and lemon pie maybe a hint of melons… Bit of lemon acidity… Feint darker aromas like chocolate on the background… Well balanced…

Palate: Similar to the nose but with a spicy kick… Mouth warming smoky… Nice amount of sweetness as if coming from warm compote or freshly baked pie…  Spices like cinnamon and cloves all over the tongue popping things up a bit… Definite chocolate…  a little bit of BBQ like meatiness on the background…

Finish: Medium to long finish… No surprises here… Sweet notes leaving early leaving behind a trail of smoke and ash like after taste… 

What appeals me most in Loch Gorm is the well balanced and easy going nature of it. When compared to most of the other Islay expressions, this one does not have the complexity but still manages to deliver a great drinking experience. Unfortunately I found it to be a bit overpriced. Still, it can be a great everyday dram and I recommend it to all Islay enthusiasts…

Enjoy and Have fun…

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2017 Whisky Review
Overall Score86%
86%Overall Score

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