Kilchoman Loch Gorm

Overall rating
85.18/100
votes
172
Whiskybase ID
WB94342
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
5th Edition
Vintage
2009
Bottled
2017
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
13500
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
LGM 04.04.17 17/17
Barcode
5060210701277
Added on
29 mar 2017 10:02 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 89.09

20 × in wishlist

172 × member ratings

459 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Kilchoman Loch Gorm

33 users have left 37 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.18 points.

  1. JoshNRW scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I can only write brief notes here as I only had one 2cl sample, but that was enough to establish that the whisky will be fine, clean and really good for all Kilchoman fans who enjoy these 46% NAS bottlings.

    It doesn't have the intensity of the Sanaig - which I very much celebrated for the price - but it's quite decent for a standard.

    Solid 84-85 points for a smoky, not particularly complex standard.
    For the price, however, I would recommend the Lagavulin 16 or the Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength if you add a tenner.

  2. KB201 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The 2017 edition is the oldest Loch Gorm to date. As usual, the maturation took place in Oloroso sherry casks.

    Intensely smoky, matured Islay malt, with oak and fruit.
    • Nose
      Campfire smoke, dark fruits.
    • Taste
      Smoky, dried fruits, sherry sweetness, sea salt.
    • Finish
      Long finish, dry sweetness with campfire smoke.

  3. Opeth83 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An absolute stunning Loch Gorm. One the best vintages.

  4. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2017 (46%), consumed Feb 2018. All sherry cask matured. Aroma of smoked squash ball, some cat paws, sawdust and oak, peachy note later on. Taste is salted smoked fish, breathy oak and rubber, touch of berry fruit, something like grapefruit and parafin sitting in the middle. Quite saline and woody with not that much sherry character, I thought, surprisingly - perhaps they are all refill casks. An interesting whisky, enjoyable enough. (3.4/81)

  5. sarthur71 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Quercus scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. DramJammin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Kilchoman loch gorm 2017,

    Let's start with the trivial details. You look beautiful. This amber color dressed in black suits you to delight.
    Now the main thing, the tasting. Yes, you are well done for your young age, elegant, dirty in a good way, you will like lovers of peat and Sherry.
    If I had a little remark to make, your consistency is somewhat watery and prevents me from taking full advantage of you once in the mouth. Your finale could also be a little longer it seems to me.

    I will follow your next apparitions closely ...

  9. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  10. matfrl scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. martin_the_collector scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A little overpriced compared to the Sanaig
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83
      the only weakness of the whisky if he has one

  12. KauffmanMD scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. 2ndSip scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    mild representative of the smoky whiskys from Islay. Interesting with marzipan, brown sugar and dried fruits. If he stands a little longer, more aromas come into play that can be smelled; exciting whisky.
    • Nose
      first light smoke, a bit of peat aroma. Sweet and dried fruit. The whisky should stand a little so that all flavors can develop. Then there is some citrus and orange aroma. There is also a hint of vanilla and something floral at the back.
    • Taste
      first mild, then spices with light smoke. Sweetness from dried plums, figs and dates. There is another aroma that I find hard to grasp, maybe something like clove (hidden in the spices, it will later on the tongue).
    • Finish
      relatively short to medium length with some smoke, this stays on the tongue longer. Marzipan and brown sugar remain with a nice sweetness. It gets dry on the tongue relatively quickly.

  14. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Compared to the Sanaig is already full of character. The sherry influence is stronger and the smoke is fuller. In addition, this funny juniper note, which I often times in Kilchoman in the mouth.

    For me better than the Sanaig, since he has a bit more corners Loch Gorm. Pretty good.

  15. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. schengel10 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    A very interesting malt - with age, the Loch Gorm win bottlings very much!
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      dry sherry and cold smoke, sweet, intense;
    • Taste
      strong aromatic onset; nice fruit note, cold smoke, ashes;
    • Finish
      relatively short to medium-long finish; Smoke, sherry and oak sound medium in length;

  17. Ed Radour scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  18. Gere scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nicely balanced between peat sherry and sea breeze
    • Nose
      first nice sweet peaty smoke, sherry joins with light notes of a mild sea breeze
    • Taste
      Peaty and sweet, yes sweet notes of wood may be slightly oily
    • Finish
      very supple and remains faithful to peat and sweetness. slowly the sea breeze comes over in a nice salty note.

  19. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  20. Koalafant scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    # 597

    Gladi meeting 14.07.2017 => 86/100

    Whisky evening 2018-06-16 => 89/100

  21. mema82 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  22. Andytka3 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N- Much anticipated 2017 release after the very good Edt2 (86pt) and the excellent Edt3 (90pt). This one with 7-8YO also marked the longest maturation given for this line. Well intertwined of coal smokes, chocolate with whiff of antiseptic, then air dried salted meats with alluring fishy notes. Well behaved and laid-back with soft sherry influence.

    P- Thick smoky fruit compote sphere with brine, pepper and sweet tropical fruits.  Balanced with dash of juicy sweetened lemon. Drift of cardboard.  Although bordering to generic, but still good with the firm structure.

    F- Medium-long, sweet with lasting peppery coat. Solid smokes throughout dressed with sweet fruits. Expected it to be more resinous filled and tall as it has been matured longer in the cask, but it is not the case.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. GIORGOS scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  24. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      First sweet vinous aromas, then salt, smoldering peat smoke, saltpetre, preserving gum, dinghy and watts. Later tincture subtle berry sweetness.
    • Taste
      Full, heavy onset with smoldering peat smoke, salt, again dinghy, graphite, eraser, leather and delicate Sherry sweetness.
    • Finish
      Very long, heavy sweet smokiness, tobacco smoke, glazed chestnuts and peat.

  25. Helgo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. kot1803 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. Dyno scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    i really really really love this kilchoman expression, it delivers and continues to deliver. The best one in the series so far. Not for the faint hearted!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  28. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  29. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nice interplay of sweet-smoky nose and fine-dry palate. If you like Islay smoker from the Oloroso Sherry Cask, you are in very good hands here.
    • Nose
      Warm, fruity smoke emanates from the glass. The maturation in the Sherry Cask ensures a good portion of blue and blackberries as well as ripe red grapes. The smoke lingers for a long time and circles the fruit notes. Moist autumn leaves, leather, tobacco, a trace of honey.
    • Taste
      On the tongue quickly spreads the sherry-stressed smoke. Salt and damp wood flood the palate. The fruit notes in the nose were still ripe and sweet, they show here with the wood and a portion of wild herbs rather feinherb. The smoke is like the haze of boiling tar. Pepper spice comes up.
    • Finish
      Medium long, a bit oily, cold ash, salt & pepper, grape must.

  30. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    From a sample left over from a Harveys tasting in May: https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/harveys-brewery-hosts-kilchoman/

    Given i was driving, i took a few back home.N: Blind, would i guess this was 100% oloroso matured? - no. Its the clean, smoked barley with an equal mineral=vegetal quality that talks. Peat & youth work so well together dont they, so its puzzling why more non-peated NAS whiskies dont throw in at least a few ppm - old styley. Then again, it would mess up their production of whisky destined for blends. Descriptors then: a little gammon, bacon crisps [not Frazzles, potato chips], paprika-smoked baked potatoes, salad leaves, rubber bouncy balls, cap guns,….. Not hugely complicated but certainly competent & colourful. Put simply, it works.
    T: Vegetal-sweet=savoury barley & peat doing their thing, the sherry casks softening everything as to make this 7yo super-palatable even neat. Its when you’ve let a few sips go down that the oloroso clearly stands out agains the savoury-smoky backdrop. Once into the development the bacon and [now tomato &] smoked paprika crisps cement the profile, a lot of that coming from the cask influence - clever!. 
    F: More bacon crisps, the hammy smoke lingering. A little ashy burned sage to finish. 
    C: Very clever indeed. Would you look at that, same score for this three times in a row! - speaks of continued consistency from Kilchoman.Scores a B[-]

  31. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  32. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    kilchoman never fails to impress, a bit pricy though especially the cask strength releases which are really good
    • Nose
      a bit dark, full bodied, red fruits, peat, smoke, grass, oily, cream, farmy, hint of mint, coastal, sugars
    • Taste
      sweet, light fruits, smoke, aromatic oil, rich barley, cream, grass, nuts, light wood
    • Finish
      medium, a tad light, spicy sweet, creamy, light fruits, light peat and smoke, hint of nuts, creamy light grass and white sugar at the back

  33. raithrover scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Colour: sugar work
    Nose: the initial impression is one of balance. A noticeable presence of peat, but in harmony with a red apple sweetness. Cranberries and strawberries follow, porridge oats and black pepper. A helping of sea salt, and a waft of smoke round off a decent nose for its age.
    Taste: red liquorice, dying embers from a campfire that bring back memories of a Highland scrub being set alight. Sweetness from honey, buttered toast, more of the pepper and dark chocolate.

    Overall: initially it feels a little lacklustre on the palate with the body diluted, but then the encore with a pulsating salty peat finish revives the whole thing. I’m middle of the road on this release.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. kaasklop scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    islay character but then a bit milder ... nice.
    • Nose
      I smell mainly cooked fruit such as warm peach and hot apple. I have to think a bit about sangria. A salty sea air makes the smell
    • Taste
      A pleasant taste that is mild but at the same time grabs. a real islay background, peat, some plastic as plastic and bandages. You can find the sweet of the oloroso well.
    • Finish
      Unfortunately not too long, the taste that remains is ok.

  35. kaasklop scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  36. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blog
    A 7yo matured in 100% Oloroso. More of their precious refills are used here than any other expression in order to protect the spirit.
    N: Charry peat, full sherry, but amazingly no sulphur - they've been super careful, brilliantly done. Meaty/vegetal,.. 
    T: Thickish, bitter/charring, deep, sweet-dry peat, balanced meaty=<vegetal. Illusions of greater age.
    F: Bigger smoke finish, the sherry is so well tempered.
    C: Extremely well tempered, and as close to the ‘sulphury edge’ as one could get without becoming so. This is a real labour of love for Kilchoman to make, demanding lots of their precious refill sherry casks and requiring much attention to make sure the spirit stays intact. How many distilleries make the mistake of allowing the sherry to swamp the spirit? Hats off to Kilchoman, and best of the night so far.

    Scores a B[-]

  37. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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