Kilchoman is a young, promising farm distillery in Islay. Started at 2005, Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2013 release was also their first release of this sherry cask matured, peated single malt whisky. Kilchoman is a small distillery with 90 000 litre capacity per year. They are one of the 6 Scottish distillers, who still do traditional floor-malting. In some releases, like Inaugural 100% Islay, they have all parts of the whisky making process – growing barley, malting, distilling, maturing and bottling – carried out at the farm distillery in Islay.
Kilchoman Loch Gorm has been matured in Ex-Sherry casks for 5 years before bottling. What’s interesting, is the fact, that it’s been matured most of the time in Oloroso butts, yet finished in Oloroso hogsheads. For “added depth of flavour”. Released worldwide in 2013, limited to 10 000 bottles.
Kilchoman Loch Gorm is characteristic and smooth. Like a much younger version of Lagavulin 16YO. Like a good dram, it is feisty and sweet at the same time. Reminding me of the great “Sugar Ray” Robinson, a boxing legend, who was a feared gentleman in the ring. And had an interest for dancing, especially for ballet. Since I haven’t found a fictional film about the original “Sugar Ray”, I have to make a reference to Scorsese’s Raging Bull. In that film, Sugar Ray appears as one of the characters.
Raging Bull is actually a good describer of Kilchoman Loch Gorm. Under its sweet surface, there’s a sophisticated but raging core of smoke and spices.