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Kilchoman Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay Distillery Information.

In the early 19th century there were as many as 13 farm distilleries on Islay, but the demand for whisky and the tighter regulations brought in by Customs meant that the majority of the smaller ones closed and only the large ones survived


Kilchoman (pronounced kilhoman) is a farm scale distillery and the first to be built on Islay for 124 years. Kilchoman gives everyone the opportunity to see all that is best in the grass-roots traditions of whisky production - from barley to bottling.


Housed in traditional farm buildings at Rockside Farm the distillery is one of the smallest and most traditional in Scotland. Kilchoman is also one of the only distilleries that will be able to claim that every step of the production process is carried out on site - from barley field to filling room.


The distillery went into production in 2006, three years later as the spirit became of age and the very first single malt was released. A limited run of 3 year old was bottled for general release from 9th September 2009


Kilchoman Distillery Bottling's

Kilchoman Machir Bay 2014

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2009-2014

Kilchoman 100% Islay Limited Edtion

Vintages 2007

Kilchoman 2006 Vintage  - the First 5 Year Old

Single Casks

Kilchoman April 2012, 5 year old Sherry Cask matured release



Kilchoman Older Distillery Bottling's

Kilchoman New Spirit

Kilchoman  Autumn 2009 Release

Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release

Kilchoman Winter 2010

Kilchoman Spring 2011n

The Inaugural 100% Islay Cask Strength Limited Edition Release


Kilchoman Scotch Whisky 46% 70cl Tasting Notes..

Colour: Bright, golden hue.


Nose: Strong peaty aromas, a combination of wood smoke and medicinal flavours with rich dark fruits.


Palate: Peat smoke with dark rich fruits and creamy toffee.


It has a long finish with a long lingering aftertaste.


Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release 46%abv

Colour : Pale Straw


Nose: Strong peaty aromas and a comple blend of pear drops, citrus and hints of mango.


Palate : An initial sweetness is followed by peat smoke and mixed fruits, the finish is long, clean and refreshing leaving hints of peat smoke and cloves.


Kilchoman Distillery Experience

Offer the opportunity for individuals to come and work at one of the only distilleries that does the whole process from growing the barley to bottling the malt whisky after maturation.


During your stay you will shadow Malcolm Rennie, the distillery manager and Gavin Douglas, Malcolm’s assistant, and get hands on experience of every facet of malt whisky production –


    * Malting

    * Milling

    * Mashing

    * Distilling

    * Filling

    * Bottling


The course lasts five days, Monday to Friday - and at the end of the week you will be presented with a certificate and a miniature bottle of the new spirit you have helped create


Accommodation is not included However there is plenty of choice on Islay from b&b’s, self catering or hotels.


Rockside Farm


Isle of Islay


PA49 7UT

T. +44 (0)1496 850 011


Please Contact the distillery to confirm before travelling


The Visitor Centre is open Monday to Friday (November to March) and Monday to Saturday (April to October) from 10.00am to 5.00pm


Award Winning Kilchoman


Malt Advocate

17th Annual Whisky Awards

Artisans Whisky of the Year

Summer 2010 Release


Internation Wine & Spirits 2011

Gold – Best in class

Non Aged Islay Single Malt Category

Spring Release 2011


International Whisky Competition


Whisky of the year

Single Cask Release

Founded by  Anthony Wills in 2002

Construction completed and production commenced in 2005.


Kilchoman Distillery Equipment

Own floor maltings with a third of the Barley supplied from local fields.

the other two thirds from Port Ellen.

Stainless Steel Semi-Lauter Mash Tun

Four Stainless Steel Washbacks

One Pair of Stills

Matured in fresh and refill Bourbon Casks (80%)

and fresh Oloroso Casks (20%)

Stored in a Dunnage warehouse and a modern warehouse with a 9,000 cask capacity.

Kilchoman Machir Bay  2012  46% Tasting Notes


Nose   : Rock pools, smoky, medicinal (iodine) with underlying citrus notes.


Palate : Smoky, peppery, spicy cinnamon with smooth vanilla ice-cream on apple pie.


Finish : Very long and coastal.