Kilchoman Loch Gorm Islay (700ml)
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Anthony Wills founded the Kilchoman Distillery after decades learning the importance of blending, wood management, and cask selection as an independent bottler. Anthony dreamed of opening a distillery that paid homage to the rich history of Scottish farm distilling and offered a counterpoint to the industrial distilleries pumping out 10 million liters a year. In 2005, that dream was realized when the Kilchoman distillery finished its inaugural batch making it the first new distillery on Islay in over 120 years.
The picturesque Kilchoman Distillery sits nestled amongst the traditional buildings of Rockside Farm on the north-west coast of Islay. Famous as Islay’s Farm Distillery, their barley fields stretch west to the shores of Machir Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Through their “barley to bottle” philosophy, this family-run project has built itself quite a following over the past 15 years.
Maple-drizzled french toast, bonfire, pears, and tropical fruit dominate the nose while blackberries, brandy-soaked cherries, chocolate and toasted cloves echo throughout the palate. The finish is long and sweet with savoury peat smoke accents.
Kilchoman grows as much of its own barley as possible and what extra they need is provided by the Port Ellen malt house 30 minutes away. The peat is dug from local bogs and the traditional floor malting process happens on site at the distillery.
Kilchoman uses the smallest stills on Islay and these small copper pot stills impart a uniquely full and complex character to their whisky.
Named after a famously peaty loch at the end of the Kilchoman drive, Loch Gorm is matured entirely in oloroso sherry casks from Bodega Jose Miguel Martin. Though it is more expensive, relying only on a combination of butts and hogsheads from Bodega Jose Miguel Martin guarantees the quality and consistency of maturation to compliment the 50 ppm. peat level.
Kilchoman Loch Gorm is bottled on site at 46% ABV without chill filtration or the addition of caramel. 15 500 bottles were produced.