This is the second edition of the Loch Gorm expression from Islay new guy, Kilchoman. This is fully matured (but only for 5 years) in Oloroso sherry butts.
Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2nd Edition, 46% A-
Nose - Fresh orchard fruit and sweet peat. Light, clear and fruity backed with wet ash and cardboard. Some black pepper, some marker pen. The sherry notes are evident but this feels very young and there’s an overripe ham thing going on here I don’t really enjoy (but am very familiar with elsewhere). Sweet, peat and sour like Big Peat but lacks intensity and not terribly well integrated.
Body - Beautifully sweet and savoury arrival with a big belt of ash, sliced ham, sparklers and pear drops.
Finish - Quite long, much more balanced on the delivery than the nose, lots of numbing tobacco notes and ending in clear spice. There’s overt bitterness here but balanced properly with other elements.
What's not good about it: The nose is too sweet, light and sour for my tastes, and the peat isn’t backed with enough midrange.
What’s good about it: But it comes back together with the delivery - obvious quality, Kilchoman do rock even when they don’t push my buttons. Actually very moreish once you settle into it. This is a man’s whisky.
Thanks to Kilchoman for the sample.