Kilchoman Original Cask Strength – 59.2% ABV
Info: The Original Cask Strength release is a vatting of 35 ex-bourbon barrels filled in 2009 with 9.200 bottles filled in 2014 at 59.2% ABV.
Colour: Very light straw.
Nose: Surprisingly calm, it’s strong with an alcoholic nip of course, but there’s lashings of butter, citrus notes, fruits barley and gentle puffs of salty smoke. A dash of water would probably open this up to release more flavours.
Kilchoman 5yo PX finish – AbbeyWhisky – 58.3%
Info: An Abbey Whisky Exclusive single cask from Kilchoman distilled in 2009. Cask #285/09 has been matured for over four and a half years in a fresh bourbon barrel before being transferred to a Pedro Ximénez cask for a further four months maturation. Bottled at cask strength, 58.3% abv with 270 bottles filled.
Colour: Sunny golden, slight reddish tint.
Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2014 – 46%
Distilled 2009, bottled 2014.
Nose: Earthy, nutty, spicy and richly peated, Islay at it’s best!
Palate: Quite spicy, a touch hot at first but soon settles into being full and creamy on the plate. There’s some nuttiness and definitely some herbal notes.
Kilchoman announce that the launch of an entirely new range called Loch Gorm is due on the 8th of April! Named after a famously peaty loch at the end of the Kilchoman drive, Loch Gorm will be the only fully ex-sherry cask matured release from Kilchoman. Loch Gorm will be periodically re-released as a more mature version with each bottling differentiated by distillation and bottling years printed on the label.