It seems not so long ago that Kilchoman Distillery started distilling on Islay and it was December 2005 that the first cask was filled. That makes Kilchoman Distillery 10 years old, or young! And just like big brothers Laphroaig and Ardbeg, who will both celebrate their 200th anniversary this year, Kilchoman will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. According to their press release there will be a few celebrations to be announced soon.
To kick off their 10th anniversary they have released their latest edition of Loch Gorm which on Monday 23rd or March for a retail price of £63.00. Only a limited quantity of this exclusive bottling will be available and if past releases are anything to go by, it will sell quickly. This is the third annual Loch Gorm to be released and each release is differentiated by the distillation and bottling dates on the front of the bottle and gift carton.
The Loch Gorm releases are traditionally matured in ex Oloroso sherry butts and this latest edition is no exception. Where the 2015 version differs from the previous year is the use of sherry hogsheads to mature a portion of the whisky rather than just sherry butts. This edition will also be marginally older than the five year old 2014 version, it being bottled from casks filled in both 2009 and 2010.
Kilchoman founder Anthony Wills said: “As well as this year’s release being slightly older, we decided to increase the ratio of single malt matured in smaller sherry hogsheads versus that matured in larger sherry butts. This increases the influence from the sherry casks and gives the whisky a striking intensity and richness. That said, the whisky retains the balance and complexity Kilchoman releases are well-known for.”
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