DISTILLERY NEWS, NEW RELEASES
PORT CASK MATURED AND LOCH GORM 2018June 8, 2018
Here they are ladies and gents, our first limited editions of the year; 2018 editions of Loch Gorm and Port Cask Matured, if they aren’t on the shelves of your local shop then they are on the way (unless they’ve sold out already…).
This is the second Port Cask Matured expression we’ve released, the first, launched in 2014 was one of the most talked about Kilchoman releases in the distillery’s thirteen-year history. The 2018 edition is a vatting of thirty ruby port hogsheads filled in 2014, yielding a total of 10,000 bottles. Anthony and the team’s commitment to full-term maturation has continued, with the decision to age exclusively in port casks rather than using such barrels for finishing, this gives the whisky an added dimension, with layers of red fruits, creamy vanilla and floral sweetness that flood in with the intensity expected of a 50% abv bottling strength.
Released alongside the Port Cask Matured is the well-established Loch Gorm release, our exclusively sherry matured limited edition has been a feature of the Kilchoman range since 2012. The 2018 release of 15,000 bottles is made up of nineteen oloroso sherry butts filled in 2007, 2008 and 2011, containing some of the oldest sherry casks ever filled at Kilchoman. Loch Gorm is our only global release matured solely in sherry casks, with its combination of rich sherry notes, cooked fruits and subtle Islay peat, it’s not surprising that it’s one of our best-sellers.
“Historically our port and sherry matured releases have received a very positive response from the whisky community, I think the 2018 editions are probably the best versions of these expressions we’ve released to date so I’m excited to see the how our latest offerings are received” Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder.
Traditionally we have released our 100% Islay and Loch Gorm expressions in the spring however this year we’ve decided to move 100% Islay to the autumn with the much-anticipated Port Cask Matured taking its place. But don’t worry, we have a little surprise in store for the 8th Edition 100% Islay and we think you’ll like it!
Both limited editions are on their way to retailers and bars around Europe. It might take a little longer to reach countries further afield, but don’t worry, they’ll get there! We will also be releasing a small number of bottles on our website from Thursday the 26th of April at 2pm GMT. On Thursday, either Click Here or go to the homepage (www.kilchomandistillery.com), click on ‘Menu’ then ‘Whisky Shop’.
Tasting Notes: Port Cask Matured – 2nd Edition
Nose: Red fruits with light citrus, earthy peat smoke and hints of creamy sweetness.
Palate: Redcurrant jam, cinnamon with layers of citrus, floral sweetness and coastal influence.
Finish: Layers of cooked red fruits.
Tasting Notes: Loch Gorm – 2018 Edition
Nose: Orange peel, cloves, mixed spice and cooked fruits.
Palate: A beautiful balance of spicy richness, cooked fruits and peat smoke
Finish: Mouth filling peat smoke, lasting tropical sweetness and rich dried fruit.
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