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Kilchoman have announced the release of their first ever Sauternes Cask Matured Single Malt. The Limited Edition release of just 6,000 bottles has been matured for over five years in Sauternes casks from Chateau d’Yquem, Bordeaux. Kilchoman Sauternes Matured follows Port and Madeira cask matured expressions, released by the distillery in recent years, and demonstrates Kilchoman’s continued commitment to small batch, full-term maturation, rather than the more common practice of finishing whisky in such casks for a short period, prior to bottling.

Anthony Wills, Kilchoman founder and Managing Director, comments “although only making up a small part of our range, full-term wine cask maturation in Port, Madeira and now Sauternes has produced fantastic results. The combination of peat smoke, fragrant Kilchoman spirit and full maturation in fresh Sauternes casks makes for a truly unique single malt”.

Robin Bignall, Kilchoman Production Manager, adds “having spent its full maturation period in fresh Sauternes casks the whisky has inevitably taken on the textured white age influence associated with Sauternes casks however it remains balanced with an intriguing mix of maritime peat smoke, sweetness and citrus vibrancy”.

Founded in 2005, Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland and was the first distillery to be built on Islay for 125 years. Kilchoman, the only independently owned Islay distillery is most famous as the only distillery in Scotland to produce a portion of its whisky from barley grown onsite, completing all stages of the whisky-making process themselves using traditional farm distillery methods.

Kilchoman Sanaig is bottled at 50% ABV and will be available from October.