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Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2019


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@cricklewoodReview by @cricklewood

1st Feb 2020


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Loch Gorm is the heavily sherried expression of Kilchoman's stable, I really enjoyed both the 2016 & 2017 versions but did not have a chance to try 2018 but the reviews on tha one were mixed.

The 2019 version is a vatting of 20 oloroso Sherry butts from 2006 to 2011, I believe it's the first time some of their older casks have been included in a standard edition.

Nose: The nose is more expressive upfront than previous versions. Clean smoke, fairly soft, a bit of camphor/juniper, sharp oak, dried fruit. With time there is tobacco added to the mix.

Palate: Ashy, lots of round sherry sweetness, plum pudding. Almonds/marzipan. sharp earthy peat, a bit of ginseng and meatiness

Finish: Salty and smoky, almonds, lemon, juniper, a slight bitter green soapy feeling at the end, a bit like cilantro?

Blab: If you like the combo of heavy peat/sherry then this is for you, there are some parts of it that work less for me, the nose is nice,the clash of sweet and soapy/bitter at the end.

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fiddich1980 commented

@cricklewood Thank for sharing your impression on this whisky. The Loch Gorm editions are approaching the demand status of Springbank 12 CS, here in Canada. They appear on the shelf then just as quickly, grow legs and disappear.

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BlueNote commented

@cricklewood It’s the one Kilchoman that I didn’t particularly care for. I agree completely with your observations, especially the odd characteristics of the palate and finish.

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Pierre_W commented

Hi @cricklewood, thank you for this lovely review. It confirms my experience with Loch Gorm. While I am a big Kilchoman fan, Loch Gorm has kept disappointing me over the years. I know many other fellow malt maniacs who adore this one - alas I don't. My advice is to go for something matured in ex-Bourbon casks instead.

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cricklewood commented

@Pierre_W Merci

I have to say of the core line-up I got along best with the Sanaig.

I think with Kilchoman the 100% Islay and the single casks are where the magic lies, while I am a big fan of the distillery I find the output a bit unpredictable beyond the usual vagaries of buying single casks. I've had superb examples in all kinds of casks and lukewarm ones in the very same permutations.

I look forward to seeing the results of their 100% explorations now that they have a still house dedicated to this endeavour and the time to experiment.

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