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Kilchoman Loch Gorm is their first sherry matured release. Only 10,000 bottles released of the first edition but I hope it becomes part of their range. Loch Gorm was that good.
Aged only for 5 years in Oloroso butts and finished 2 months in Oloroso hogsheads, it manages to give an characteristic and smooth palate with an tasty and long finish. My favorite Kilchoman for sure so far.
Kilchoman Loch Gorm is feisty and sweet at the same time. It reminds me of the great boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson who was feared but fought like a gentleman and took an interest in ballet. Since there's no movie about the original Sugar Ray, I'll reference this one with Scorsese's Raging Bull, where Sugar Ray appears as a character.
Raging Bull actually describes Kilchoman Loch Gorm pretty well, because under the sweet surface, there's a delicately raging core of smoke and spices.
Nose: Hints of honey liquor and syrup with almonds and peat. Under the sweet surface lays some smoke and spicy tones.
Taste: Great combination of delicate smoke and sweet sherry. Sherry or wine, go figure? Anyways, it's a good clash of two completely opposite tastes with hints of wood.
Finish: Peppery and woody with hints of peat. Quite long and spicy, a bit dry as well. Very nice ending to (in my opinion) Kilchoman's flagship whisky.
Balance: Very interesting indeed, nice marriage of sherry and smoke. Both have a strong presence and manage to make this dram worth your time.