About Kilchoman Loch Gorm Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Situated along a rugged farm on the western coast of Islay, Kilochman Distillery was founded in 2005 and is the first new distillery on Islay in over 125 years. "When we first started work on Kilchoman in 2003," says Anthony Wills, the distillery's founder, "the ambition was to build a distillery that was true to the traditions of distilling on Islay — small farm distillers where every part of the whisky making process was done on site and I think we have managed to do just that."
Kilchoman Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from fresh barley, which is harvested and then malted at the distillery's malthouse (Kilchoman is one of just six distilleries in Scotland that continues to malt its own barley). Once the barley has been malted, it is dried over a peat flame for ten hours. This drying process — the barley is peated to approximately 20 phenol parts per million — contributes a smoky, iodine-like flavor to the whisky. After the barley has been dried, it is fermented for three to four days in stainless steel washbacks before being twice distilled through Kilchoman's copper-pot stills.
Kilchoman Loch Gorm Single Malt Scotch Whisky is aged for five years in casks that were previously used to mature Oloroso sherry. As a result, the whisky is slightly fruity, with an aroma of spices and soft peat. Notes of sweet fruits, bananas and pears dominate the palate, and are balanced by a subtle peaty undertone. The finish is long and clean, with a burst of citrus.
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