Age: 5 years old
Cask type: Refill Olorosso
Strength: 46.0% abv
This is the second release of the Loch Gorm series from Kilchoman and one of their most interesting bottlings to date. I jumped at the chance to get a bottle of this before I’d even tasted it so whilst it was a bit of a gamble, I was pretty confident it would pay of. It did!
Nose: Before you get the glass to your nose there is peat. A wet earthiness on top of the peat. This is followed by a fruitiness and sweet citrusy note all with an underlying medicinal hint that slow creeps up on you as the nose develops.
Palate: Digestive biscuits with caramel and vanilla, open up a palate nicely with allows the smokey peat to flood into your mouth. The smoke last and develops with the rich sherry soaked fruits which stay with you right into the finish.
Finish: Such an incredible balance of fruit and smoke that lasts and lasts.
Verdict: Peat + Olorosso = Excellent. This is a true gem of a whisky and at standard strength (not cask strength) is offers so much character and flavour, that you would expect form a cask strength whisky. It is just a pleasure to drink.
Rating: 2 Bottles
Tasted on 11 June 2015 by Stuart