February 01, 2011

Kilchoman Distillery: Islay's New Kid on the Block

 By Sarah Doyle 

As the first new whisky producer on Scotland’s Isle of Islay in 124 years, Kilchoman (pronounced Kil-HO-man) Distillery has a lot to prove. Joining an esteemed brotherhood that includes Laphroaig, Ardbeg, and Bowmore, Kilchoman strives to set itself apart by growing and malting its own barley (100 tons) and eventually performing every phase of the whisky-producing process on-site.

Currently, Kilchoman (one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries) produces a modest 90,000 liters annually, with 80% aged in bourbon barrels from Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace distillery, and the remaining 20% in fresh Oloroso sherry butts. Limited production ensured that Kilchoman’s “Inaugural Release” in September 2009 was snatched up in an angel’s heartbeat. Aged for 2.5-3 years in bourbon barrels, with an additional 6 month stint in sherry casks, Kilchoman’s first expression is laced with peat smoke in true Islay tradition and tastes far beyond its years.

Inaugural Release:
46% ABV; £37.00

Kilchoman Distillery
Rockside Farm, Bruichladdich
Isle of Islay
PA49 7UT
T. +44 (0)1496 850 011
F. +44 (0)1496 850 156


Oliver Klimek said...

I am convinced that Kilchoman are on the right track. I tasted the Autumn Release, and it was suprisingly good for a mere 3yo. As a 10yo it will not have to hide behind its big Islay cousins.

I will be on Islay in May and will surely visit the distillery.

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