Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015

Mashtun notes:

Loch Gorm is Kilchoman’s yearly sherried cask offering. As with the 100% Islay each year is slightly different, and because of that we were keen to try the 2015 edition first chance we got. The nose gave us orange, peat smoke, caramel, and an earthy sweetness. The palate was as earthy as the nose but also had white pepper, malt, and burnt wood. The finish was medium in length and really held the malt, sweetness, peat, and orange of the palate. The colour was a stunning coppery red and the texture was thick and creamy. A little air brings out sweet grassy notes on the nose and root vegetables on the finish. Adding a little water sweetens the nose but does dull the lovely burnt wood notes so be careful when adding any.

In our opinion this is a better Loch Gorm than the 2014 version. It’s great sherried offering that manages to retain the cereal, peat, and floral notes Kilchoman is fast becoming famous for.

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015

Loch Gorm 2015 has been bottled and only a limited amount of this release is available. This is the third annual Loch Gorm to be released and each release is differentiated by the distillation and bottling dates on the front of the bottle and gift carton. The Loch Gorm releases are traditionally matured in ex Oloroso sherry butts and this latest edition is no exception. Where the 2015 version differs from the previous year is the use of sherry hogsheads to mature a portion of the whisky rather than just sherry butts.  This edition will also be marginally older than the five year old 2014 version, it being bottled from casks filled in both 2009 and 2010. 

  Notes: 46% ABV – Loch Gorm 2015. £65 per bottle at time of tasting.

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015

Dave

Nose:

Orange, Peat Smoke, and an earthy sweetness

Palate:

Earthy, peaty, malty, and sweet

Finish:

Medium / Long and holds the sweetness, malt, and peat of the palate

Colour:

Golden

Texture:

Thick

Air:

Brings out grassy notes on the nose and root vegetables on the finish

Water:

Sweetens the nose

Overall comments:

A better Loch Gorm than the 2014 but I do love Kilchoman, and sherry! Great whisky and a must try!

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015

Steve

Nose:

Toffee and Caramel with hints of smoky orange peel and a slight sweet coppery tang

Palate:

Burnt wood, salt, and white pepper

Finish:

Very burnt orange peel

Colour:

Coppery Red

Texture:

Medium

Air:

Sweetens the nose

Water:

Waters down the lovely burnt-out wood

Overall comments:

A cracking dram that typifies the Kilchoman Sherry casks, lovely.

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