Kilchoman Small Batch Release Bourbon and PX Sherry Finish
Kilchoman Small Batch Release Bourbon and PX Sherry Finish, This is a small batch release of four casks filled in 2012. Three fresh ex-bourbon barrels and one finished in a Pedro Ximinez sherry cask. The distillery has proven itself with its very high quality of releases of mostly younger spirit and this one is no exception- think Machir Bay but at cask strength.
Opened in 2005, Kilchoman was the first new distillery to be built on Islay for 124 years. Its proprietors are the Wills family, and the distillery saw a return of the practice of “farm distilling” to the island, with its own barely fields, malt floors and kilns. Today around 25% of its barley requirement is self-fulfilled, and in 2011 they bottled their first 100% Islay release of single farm, single malt. The distillery’s first release came in 2009, and it has cemented a fine reputation ever since.
This small batch release is made up of the following four casks.
- ex-Bourbon cask #76/2012
- ex-Bourbon cask #214/2012
- ex-Bourbon cask #622/2012
- PX Finish cask #627/2012
THE KILCHOMAN DISTILLERY STORY
The Kilchoman Distillery (pronounced Kil-ho-man) is a distillery that produces Single Malt Scotch whisky on Islay, an island of the Inner Hebrides. Kilchoman Distillery is in the northwest of the island, close to one of Islay’s most spectacular beaches at Machir Bay. Kilchoman was founded by Anthony Wills and remains an independent, family run distillery. It is the smallest on the island but since obtaining Rockside Farm in 2015, is in the process of expanding.
All parts of the production process for the 100% Islay have taken place at the distillery from barley to bottle; grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled, making for a unique character. We are proud to be the only Islay distillery distilling single malt from barley both grown and malted on Islay.
Bottled at 50% ABV and peated to a lower level to that our other releases, 100% Islay has a lighter, fresher feel to it. Citrus and lemon notes come through with soft peat smoke and a long smooth finish. First launched in 2010 a new edition of the 100% Islay has been released every year since. In fact, it is established in 2005, Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. We based on a farm on the rugged west coast of Islay. The Kilchoman was the first distillery on the island for 125 years.