Kilchoman releases whisky aged in sherry casks

Loch GormIndependent farm distillery Kilchoman has released a limited-edition Loch Gorm single malt, aged exclusively in sherry casks.

Fully matured from filling to bottling in oloroso sherry butts, Loch Gorm brings a depth of character and colour to the Islay single malt.

Only 17,100 bottles of the five-year-old bottling will be available worldwide. It is bottled at 46% ABV and is being recommended for sale in retail at £55 to £59.

It is the second Loch Gorm single malt to be released. The first, which was released in April last year, was awarded the 2013 IWSC Gold. Each release is differentiated by the distillation and bottling dates on the front of the bottle and carton.

The range is named after the famously peaty loch in front of the distillery on Islay. Kilchoman draws the water for Loch Gorm from the burn that runs into the loch.

Kilchoman managing director Anthony Wills said: “Our sherry cask-matured releases have proved very popular and this is the third and most mature to date so we anticipate this latest offering to be very well received.

“Loch Gorm shows wonderful balance between the peat smoke and spicy rich flavours, typical of sherry cask maturation, producing a unique flavour which characterises Kilchoman whiskies.”

Founded in 2005, Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland and was the first distillery to be built on Islay for 125 years. A working farm distillery, it is one of only a handful of distilleries still practising floor malting.

Kilchoman also grows a portion of its barley at the distillery, and completes all parts of the production process, from barley to bottling on the island.

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