Kilchoman, established 2005, is the first distillery to be built on the island of Islay in 124 years. It is a small operation with annual output roughly 460,000 liters of spirit.
Big part of barley comes from surrounding fields, the distillery has own floor maltings and covers about 30% of malt requirements. The Kilchoman brand was launched in the fall of 2009 and it has been a tremendous success. Loch Gorm was added to the range in 2012 and new batches have been released every year. The 2019 release of 15,000 bottles was made up of 20 Oloroso sherry butts filled in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Loch Gorm is the only Kilchoman expression aged solely in sherry casks. The whisky takes its name from the largest fresh water loch on Islay, famous for its peaty water.
Nose: smoky and slightly medicinal, prunes, dried figs, raisins, pears, caramel, forest floor, bunch of dried herbs, smoked ham and a drop of barbecue sauce.
Palate: peat smoke, seaweed salad, raisins, sultanas, candied orange peel, salted caramel, butterscotch, cocoa powder, walnuts and touch of leather.
Finish: long and smoky, with notes of dried fruit, dark chocolate, espresso, dash of pepper and sherried oak.