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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
Kilchoman 2006 Vintage - the First 5 Year Old
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 –
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.
Isle of Islay
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
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.