More Kilchoman Talk

We had a great discussion a few days back about Kilchoman and what they're doing.  Now they've just announced this and I have to say I'm a bit excited.  Self-sustained whisky is NOT easy, therefore why every distiller on Islay gets their malted barley from the same place - Port Ellen - and that barley is NOT grown on Islay.  This all-Islay bottling is very similar to what Springbank does every now and they with their Local Barley series.  Those bottles have become mega-collectable and they send the right message to the food/booze community.  However, we've become spoiled in that mass-production and homogenization of the farming process has kept down whisky costs for decades.  Doing it on your own takes money and you have to re-coup expenses.  My question to all of you is: are you willing to pay more for a distillery that does everything locally?  Is it worth the extra cash? We do it at the Farmer's market all the time, so why not with whisky? Here are the details and should be here later this year:


Kilchoman, Islay’s Farm Distillery, is proud to announce the release of its first single malt produced from barley, grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled at the distillery.

It has been matured for 3 years in first fill bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace Distillery, Kentucky, USA and is lightly peated (10 to 20ppm of phenols) and bottled at 50% alcohol strength

Colour :         Light Golden

Nose:           Soft peaty aromas and a blend of citrus, lemon and pear drops

Palate:          An initial sweetness is followed by soft peat smoke and then the mixed fruits

Finish:           Long and clean with a lovely sweet aftertaste.

Kilchoman ‘100% Islay’ is available from twenty six specialist whisky retailers in the UK at a retail price of £69.00 per bottle and twenty nine markets worldwide. 11,300 bottles have been released worldwide.

There is also a special edition, available only at the distillery, of 1060 bottles at cask strength 61.3% ABV. Presented in a hand crafted American white oak presentation box, this edition at £149.00 is available only from the distillery.

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Anthony Wills, Managing Director, commented:  “Being able to release a single malt produced from raw materials sourced locally was what the Kilchoman project was all about and I’m delighted to be able to share this exceptional young aged single malt with whisky enthusiasts around the world”.

-David Driscoll

David Driscoll