This whisky won a Silver Outstanding in the Scotch Single Malt - Islay category at the 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition. Bottled in 2017, this 7th edition release is the eldest expression to be released from Kilchoman.
Situated along a rugged farm on the western coast of Islay, Kilochman Distillery was founded in 2005 and is the first new distillery on Islay in over 125 years. “When we first started work on Kilchoman in 2003,” says Anthony Wills, the distillery's founder, “the ambition was to build a distillery that was true to the traditions of distilling on Islay — small farm distillers where every part of the whisky making process was done on site and I think we have managed to do just that.
Kilchoman Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from Publican barley grown directly on the distillery’s grounds. (Publican barley is more resilient to Islay's harsh weather than traditional strains of barley.) Once the barley has been harvested, it is malted at the distillery's malthouse — Kilchoman is one of just six distilleries in Scotland that continues to malt its own barley — before being dried over a peat flame for ten hours. After the barley has been peated to approximately 20 phenol parts per million, the grains are fermented for three to four days in stainless steel washbacks before being twice distilled through Kilchoman's copper-pot stills.
Kilchoman 100% Islay single malt is exactly what it says it is; 100% Islay, with all parts of the whisky making process, from barley to bottle, completed on site at the Kilchoman farm. The single malt carries quite a distinction, as it is “the only distillery in Scotland to produce single malt in this traditional hand crafted way” (Kilchoman). Produced from barley directly sourced and exclusively grown on the distillery grounds, the peating levels are slightly lighter than the other expressions in the Kilchoman stable, yielding a fresh, floral balance when coupled with the bourbon cask maturation.
Aged in a combination of fresh and refill ex Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels filled in 2010 and bottled in 2017, this release is the eldest expression to be released from Kilchoman. Robin Bignal, Production Manager; “The development of the 100% Islay casks from the Inaugural release up to this, the oldest 100% Islay release, has been intriguing to see. As the bourbon barrel maturation influences the spirit over time it has taken on a real depth of character and complexity to add to the light citrus fruit and peat smoke of the Kilchoman spirit.” This whisky won a Silver Outstanding in the Scotch Single Malt - Islay category at the 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition. Bottled at a solid 100 proof, the “100% Islay Way.”
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100 (50% ABV)
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Smoke, fruit, with floral aromas on the nose. On the palate are flavors of peat smoke, barley, vanilla, spice, honey and brine. The finish is drying with notes of dark chocolate.