Top 20 Whiskies of 2018

#15 • Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2018

  • Rank: 15
  • Year: 2018
  • Score: 91
  • Price: $110
  • ABV: 46%
  • Style: Single malt
  • Place of Origin: Scotland (Islay)

The first edition of Loch Gorm appeared in 2013, and it remains the distillery’s only whisky to be fully matured in sherry casks. The 2018 iteration comprises the contents of nineteen oloroso sherry butts filled in 2007, 2008, and 2011, the oldest of which are some of the first sherry casks filled at Kilchoman. These rich, confident aged whiskies converge in the best Loch Gorm to date, showcasing the expression’s trademark blend of succulent sherry, cooked fruits, and earthy peat, along with flavors of honey, ginger, sultanas, and spice. —Gavin D Smith