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The Kilchoman distillery (pronounced Kil-ho-man) is a distillery that produces single malt Scotch whisky and Unaged spirits on Islay, an island of the Inner Hebrides. Kilchoman Distillery is in the northwest of the island, close to one of Islay’s most spectacular beaches at Machir Bay. Kilchoman was founded by Anthony Wills and remains an independent, family run distillery.
It is the smallest on the island but since obtaining Rockside Farm in 2015, is in the process of expanding.
The location of Kilchoman on Islay’s west coast has some historical resonance. It was in this parish that the MacBeatha/Beaton family settled when they came across in 1300 from what is now County Antrim in Northern Ireland.
They were doctors (a Beaton was the hereditary physician to the kings of Scotland for hundreds of years) who translated medical texts about distillation from Latin into Gaelic. There is therefore a theory (albeit unproven) that Islay was the first place where distillation took place in Scotland – and that Kilchoman parish was where it occurred.
It wasn’t so much this which caused Anthony Wills to build his farm distillery here in 2005 – it was more the fact that there was a spare steading at Rockside Farm available. In building Kilchoman, the Wills family has brought farm distilling back to Islay.
Now surrounded by barley fields, the distillery expanded in 2007 and built new warehouses. In November 2017, an additional malting floor and kiln was built on the site of the old Rockside Farm cowshed.
In May 2019, Kilchoman doubled production with the construction of a new stillhouse containing two more stills, along with a new mash tun and six new washbacks. That has taken production capacity close to 0.5m litres of pure alcohol a year, and will enable experimental runs using different yeast and barley varieties.
Medium in citrus, vanilla, and fruity notes
Medium/ High in sweetness, sherry and spices
High in smokey notes
The Kilchoman Club is for everyone tha tis a fan of Kilchoman. Not only will you be updated with everyting Kilchoman, like new releases and distillery information but also every year a club member will have the chance to buy a special edition of Kilchoman. There have been nine editions already.
Always keen to find something a bit different to their regular releases for the Club, their have found a series of very rare Kilchoman casks.
This, the Ninth Edition, is a vatting of four fresh oloroso sherry hogsheads, cask 548, 549, 550, 551 distilled in August 2012 bottled in 2020. This edition is a 8 year old Kilchoman with a cask strength of 56.2% ABV. Only 1,200 bottels where made and released.
At this point Kilchoman core range is:
Maturation & Cask Finishes
Original Cask Strength Editions
All the bottles released by Killchoman sorted by year.
Started from 2009 until present.
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Join the only ‘Barley to Bottle’ experience in Scotland, and gain an insight into the day-to-day running of our distillery. You will have the opportunity to walk through the distillery production accompanied by one of our friendly guides and taste two of our core expressions. A tasting glass is included and drivers drams are available if required.
We have allocated spaces available for children 8+ years subject to a small admission fee and may also be booked online.
Come on a journey around our distillery, learning about the vision our founder Anthony Wills had for Kilchoman and exploring the recent developments. During this two-hour experience you will be given a detailed explanation for each part of the whisky making process, all taking place on site. You will also be guided to our Warehouse to discuss maturation whilst soaking in it’s amazing aromas. A tutored sit down tasting is provided afterwards to allow you to sample our award-winning range of single malts.
Our roving tasting tour promises to be a treat for all your senses. As you work your way round the distillery you’ll be offered tastings of 5 carefully chosen drams including some of our current releases and something from the distillery archive. As you walk through the different stages in production, including our traditional Malt Floor, peat filled Kiln and atmospheric Warehouse, you’ll experience an overwhelming variety of sights, smells and sounds.
Minimum of 8 people
We are happy to provide whisky tours of our Distillery for groups of 8 or more people. It is advised that you book these in advance as our scheduled tours are restricted in numbers. We also provide a tour and lunch package for groups, please get in touch for more information or to make a booking.
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