Size400mLProof92 (46% ABV)*Please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary
Discover the two main types of cask maturation for Single Malts with this gift pack of two Kilchoman core expressions, Machir Bay and Sanaig.
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Named after an inlet on Islay's rugged Atlantic coast, Sanaig is also matured in sherry and bourbon barrels, but the oloroso influence is much more predominant compared to Machir Bay. Here, you’ll admire the balance between "the contrasting influences of rich sherry maturation, bourbon barrel finesse and Islay peat smoke."
Pick up your Gift Pack and discover two main types of cask maturation for Single Malts!
Kilchoman is a farm distillery on Islay, producing Scotland’s only single farm single malt. When the distillery opened in 2005, it was the first distillery to be built on the island in over 124 years. Kilchoman is a family run company, established by Anthony Wills and his wife Kathy, who wanted to resurrect the grass roots tradition of farm distilling. The parish of Kilchoman is home to some of Islay’s most fertile ground, and the Wills grow 200 tons of barley on the 250 acres of fields surrounding the distillery each year. The whisky-making process starts with the harvest in early September, and the barley does not leave the distillery until it becomes whisky over 1130 days later, as the malting, distillation, maturation and bottling are all done on site.
Kilchoman is one of only 7 Scottish distilleries still practicing traditional floor malting, a labor-intense process most distilleries have been outsourcing since the arrival of commercial distilling. The malted barley has to be dried, and traditionally on Islay this is done with peat from the island’s many ocean-soaked peat bogs, imparting a maritime smoky character to the spirit once distilled. Kilchoman’s stills are the smallest on Islay and some of the smallest in Scotland, and their distinct size and shape along with the spirit still reflux bulb allow the distillers to make spirit of unmatched purity. The distillery’s single malt is matured in a combination of cask types sourced from around the world, with each barrel contributing a unique character and color to balance with Kilchoman’s classic peat smoke and floral sweetness.
Scotch is the most popular whisky in the world and is considered the king of them all! There are five whisky regions in Scotland (six if you count the not officially recognized Islands), and each of them produces spirits with unique properties and distinct tasting notes. (The type of grain used determents the type of the scotch.)
Malt whisky is made of malted barley, and grain whisky uses other grains like corn or wheat. Most of the time, a whisky is blended from different distilleries hence the name blended scotch, but if a malt whisky is produced in a single distillery, we get something extraordinary called a single malt.
Machir Bay greets with notes of honey, peat, vanilla and rich fruits on the nose. On the palate, it's balanced and complex with orchard fruit, vanilla and smoky butterscotch. The finish is a long fade of peat, fruit and honey.
Sanaig has malty and fruity notes of raisins on the nose, while the palate is char, dark fruit, some Islay peat and smoke. The finish is long.