Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2018

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 18

Kilchoman | Loch Gorm (2018) | 46% | No Color added, NCF | 19 Olorosso Casks from 2007, 2008 and 2011 resulted in 15.000 bottles (still a „limited“ release…) |

Situation / Background: (February 2019 and Summer 2018) This used to be my favorite regular Kilchoman release of which I always had a bottle or two but since the 2017 release, I only went for samples of it. Partly because I mostly stopped buying whisky, partly because I wasn’t really happy with the ‘17 release. I still bought two samples of this release which resulted in the notes below. I had one during our summer vacation and I’m finishing the other right now while compiling my notes…

Nose: Red berries, slightly sweet and musty peat, ashy smoke, rotten leaves or vegetables, malt, rubbery/sulphur notes. I miss a bit of the honey notes and the rotten (Lagavulin-esque if you will) notes are more dominant than I remember. But then again, it’s been a while since I had the `17 release…

Taste: Neutral entry, then noticeable wood influence, farmy peat, salt, some vanilla, some red fruits but not much, slightly creamy mouthfeel, ashy smoke on the transition to the finish

Finish: Nice finish! Salty, intense, peat and ashy smoke, red berries and stone fruits, baking spices, some nice wood influence but not too much, brown sugar, espresso beans, marzipan, yeah I love the finish.

Conclusion: This includes some of the older Kilchoman Sherry Casks but my guess is that the main part of the barrels used came from 2011 so the specifications would be similar to the ‘17 release. But I could be wrong as there is some nice wood influence on both taste as well as finish. 

I couldn’t find any info on whether or not this is again a combination of first and refill casks but I came across the fact that Kilchoman uses both Sherry Butts as well as Hogshead for this.

I think I like this a bit more than last years release but I’m not intrigued to buy a bottle as I still think the price is a bit too high and I could happily drink whisky for the next years without buying another bottle. The finish is incredible for just 46% and I really enjoyed this dram. The palate is the weakest part but this is still my favorite regular Kilchoman and I would happily buy another bottle if they were about 10-15€ cheaper. To be fair, they kept the price about the same ever since I bought this, so this is not a recent development but my „usual“ criticism of the Loch Gorm. 

I’d happily drink this everyday. If I didn’t have to pay for it – again, this claims the top of the non-cask-strength Scotch list.

You can find my reviews of the 2014 – 2017 Loch Gorm releases here

Score: ★★★★☆

Other whiskies I reviewed from the distillery: Kilchoman

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