There has never been a better time for Kilchoman expressions. Not only are the core expressions being honored with more accolades, but the level of depth and age in these Islay titans is a tribute to the innovation this distillery exemplifies.
KILCHOMAN STR CASK
A creation of the late Dr. Jim Swan, STR refers to a specific formula for the Shaving, Toasting and Re-Charring of Red Wine Hogsheads. A total of 43 casks filled in 2012 were selected by Anthony Wills, Kilchoman’s founder and Managing Director, bottled at a strength of 50% abv without chill-filtration or coloring.
The process of shaving, toasting and re-charring has had a huge influence on these casks and the flavors this single malt possesses. Kilchoman released a full maturation Red Wine Cask release in 2016 which took on lots of the big and bold wine flavors. The STR cask, however, provides a different approach.
The shaving has reduced some of the bolder flavors on the surface of the oak, producing a more subtle red wine influence. The casks were then toasted and charred over a natural oak fire, fueled exclusively using oak chips from used staves, removing harsh tannins and undelivered flavors as well as breaking down unwanted chemical bonds of lignin, celluloses, and hemicelluloses, replacing these undesirable characteristics with the creation of basic sugars, vanilla, and spice notes.
“The STR cask, created by the late Dr Jim Swan, balances influence from both the new and used oak to create a powerful combination of rich fruit, oak, spice and maritime peat smoke.”
~ Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director
Bottled at 50% ABV || RRP: $119.99
Nose: Summer fruits with a hearty measure of cinnamon spice, toffee, and gentle peat smoke.
Palate: Soft caramel at first, with layers of red berries, lemon tart, and earthy peat smoke.
Finish: Long, with a pronounced spice, honey and caramel notes.
KILCHOMAN LOCH GORM 2018
Bottled at 56.4% ABV || RRP: $174.99
Nose: Floral sweetness, caramel, vanilla, and citrus.
Palate: Balanced and complex with fresh fruit, butterscotch, lemon tart, and cinnamon with hints of soft peat smoke.
Finish: Long and clean with citrus, creme brûlée with waves of Islay peat smoke.
Loch Gorm is the name given to the annually released Sherry cask matured limited edition from Kilchoman. The loch, murky and peaty in color, reflects the dark copper tone of the Sherry matured Loch Gorm release.
As the only expression in the Kilchoman range to be fully matured in Sherry casks, Loch Gorm has always attracted special attention from whisky fans, especially given that just 15,000 bottles will be released and made available around the world.
Over the years the Loch Gorm range of limited edition releases have been evolving, each new edition containing a different combination of casks. This, the 2019 edition, is no different. Twenty oloroso Sherry butts from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 have been selected for this release, meaning that for the first time Loch Gorm will contain 12 and 13-year-old casks from the Kilchoman warehouses.
Bottled at 46% ABV || RRP: $109.99
Nose: Dried fig, orange peel, sea salt with hints of bacon, oaky spice, cinnamon, and citrus sweetness.
Palate: Stewed plums, morello cherries, dark chocolate with layers of salted caramel, herbaceous heather, honey, and wet ashy peat smoke.
Finish: Cooked apples and pears with babes of all-spice, dark chocolate, and barbecue smoke.
IMPEX CASK EVOLUTION
11 Year Old Single Cask
The ImpEx Cask Evolution Series aims to demonstrate the importance of quality casks in the development of a fantastic Scotch whisky.
These single casks are carefully selected by Kilchoman Distillery and are exclusively available in the U.S. Each cask is specifically chosen to exhibit the diversity of character achieved by using different types of cask to mature Kilchoman single malt.
Matured in a first-fill ex-Bourbon cask for over 11 years, this is the oldest Kilchoman available in the U.S. for general distribution.
“Single cask single malt is the pinnacle of any Scotch whisky. It is an unadulterated marriage of distillate and cask type.”
~ John Maclellan, Distillery Manager
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