Kilchoman Loch Gorm 3rd Edition

Kilchoman distillery is located on Islay in Scotland. The distillery was established in 2005 which makes it the youngest distillery on the island.

This is what the distillery says about Loch Gorm:

Named after a famously peaty loch overlooked by the distillery, Loch Gorm is the only fully ex-sherry cask matured release in our range. Since it’s first launch in 2012 a new edition of Loch Gorm has been released every year, each with it’s unique balance of sherry influence and maturity. Bottlings are differentiated by distillation and bottling years printed on the label. Loch Gorm combines rich sherry fruits and spices with smouldering peat, cloves and lingering sweetness.

I have tasted the 2013 Edition before. Today it is time to taste the 2015 Edition. The whisky has been matured in Oloroso sherry casks. It was distilled in 2010 and bottled March 2015 at 46 ABV, which makes it 5 YO. It is available in Norway at NOK 849,90.

Smoky ginger beer on the nose. Vanilla and raisins. A bit earthy maybe. Smoky and peaty on the palate. At the same time incredibly smooth. I find ginger, nutmeg and raisins, together with some salt, white pepper and cardamom. Smoke on the finish with the flavour from Coca Cola. Ashes and a hint of lemon. If I was served this whisky blind I would never have guessed sherry casks. The sherry notes are not obvious. I miss the typical (to me) meaty nose and taste on this Kilchoman. Still a very nice whisky!

My score: nose 21 / taste 23 / finish 22 / balance 22 = 88

Image from whisky.de.

– Tone

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