I'm ashamed to say it, but I have yet to buy a full bottle of Kilchoman. I've had several drams of the Machir Bay both at whisky festivals and bars and these tasting notes come on the back of a sample my good mate Yan sent up last week. But while a full bottle of Kilchoman's peated elixir has so far evaded my grasp, I can safely say that will be changing soon. Every dram I've tried, I've thoroughly enjoyed and this Loch Gorm sample has given me a much-needed kick up the backside so I'll be buying a bottle when payday rolls around.
So, with my trunks safely secured and modesty
intact, it’s time to dive into this Islay loch and see what I can find
below the surface.
On the nose there's slabs of moist peat, but
underneath, there's a sweetness which fills the nostrils with lovely
peach and apricot notes. Dive down deeper into Loch Gorm and there's
green twigs, coconut, vanilla, coffee beans, bandages and waxy cough
On the palate, it's initially all about a silky
sweet peat arrival. Lots of billowing wood fire smoke then blows through,
while a gentle honey note keeps everything in check.
The finish has
green wood, tobacco, a dab of sherry sweetness, a bite of liquorice and
it's all beautifully mellow - like taking a draw on a well-made cigar.
Lovely, lovely stuff from Kilchoman. Now, to find a bottle before it sells out!