Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021: Matured in ex-Oloroso sherry casks for 9 years

New batch of the peated Islay single malt announced


As every year Kilchoman friends are looking forward to April and the release of a new Loch Gorm edition: Now this year's bottling of Loch Gorm was announced to be released. Tomorrow it will be launched in the UK and afterwards it will be available worldwide.

Loch Gorm stands for whisky that was matured in sherry casks. Each year the batch of Loch Gorm varies a bit in terms of age and aroma of the whisky. For the Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021, 24 Oloroso sherry casks with whisky that are at least 9 years old were taken from the warehouses of the Islay distillery. These 500 liter sherry butts originally came from the Spanish Bodega Miguel Martin and were filled in 2011 and 2012. Married and brought to 42% ABV, the single malt whisky was now bottled, resulting in 17,000 bottles for being sold worldwide.

"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 that’s 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” says Kilchoman.

Producer’s tasting notes for the Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2021

NOSE: Macerated lemons, buttery shortbread and Moroccan spices give way to rich sherry notes and faint notes of peat smoke.

PALATE: Cloves, dark chocolate and juicy prunes with waves of roasted almonds, sultanas, nougat and peat embers.

FINISH: Herbaceous, earthy and maritime with liquorice, leather and a distinctly dry sherry-soaked finish.

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