Today we took delivery of 80 Sherry Butts which we will be filling in the next few weeks/months. They have travelled directly from Jerez in Spain where they were used to mature Oloroso sherry. We use these casks to accent Kilchoman whisky with the sherry flavours held within the wood. When the Oloroso sherry is emptied from the casks for bottling we buy the casks and ship them to Islay to fill with Kilchoman spirit. During whisky maturation the casks expand and contract releasing the rich, dark Oloroso sherry character previously absorbed into the wood back into the maturing whisky.
Our sherry cask matured 'Loch Gorm' limited edition is all matured in this way giving it a fantastic rich, smokey and fruity character. The real skill is getting the perfect balance between the flavour from the Kilchoman spirit and the influence from maturing the whisky in a sherry casks. This years Loch Gorm release will be available soon... stay tuned for more info in the next few weeks!