We are delighted to announce that Kilchoman, Islay’s Farm Distillery, are set to launch the 7th edition of their 100% Islay range. The 100% Islay releases are particularly special to Kilchoman with all parts of the whisky making process, from barley to bottle, completed on site at the farm. This marks these releases out as truly unique; Kilchoman is the only distillery in Scotland to produce Single Malt in this traditional, hand crafted way.
The farm is based on the rugged west coast of Islay and, nestled in the outbuildings, is the distillery. They work throughout the year to grow, malt, distill, mature and bottle Kilchoman’s unique single malt using traditional farm distilling techniques, not seen on Islay for generations.
Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director; “Since day one we have not only been proud of the traditional methods revived to create the 100% Islay releases but also the quality of the spirit produced. We are now growing more barley than ever for future releases of this beautifully fresh and vibrant whisky.”
This, the 7th edition of the annually released limited edition, is a vatting of fresh and refill ex Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels, filled in 2010 and bottled in 2017. This is the most mature expression released to date and, as with all previous 100% Islay releases, the 7th edition has been produced from barley exclusively grown and malted at the distillery. Kilchoman are the only Islay distillery to produce whisky in this traditional way, making this single malt truly 100% Islay. The peating level comes in slightly lighter than the rest of the Kilchoman range and creates a fresh and floral balance with the bourbon cask maturation.
Robin Bignal, Production Manager; “It has been a fascinating journey to watch the development of the 100% Islay casks from the inaugural release up to this, the oldest 100% Islay. As the bourbon barrel maturation influences the spirit over time it has taken on a real depth of character and complexity, complementing the light citrus fruit and peat smoke of the Kilchoman spirit.”
Founded in 2005, Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland and was the first distillery to be built on Islay for over 124 years. Today Kilchoman is the only independently owned Islay distillery.
Kilchoman 100% Islay 7th Edition is bottled at 50% ABV and will be available from the 1st of May
Tasting Notes: Kilchoman 100% Islay 7th Edition
- Colour: Golden.
- Nose: Vanilla, light zesty fruit and malty notes.
- Palate: Fresh citrus and intense butterscotch with light smoke.
- Finish: Clean and long with integrated peat smoke and sweetness.