Kilchoman, Islay’s Farm Distillery, have launched their 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 with Kilchoman being the only distillery in Scotland to produce Single Malt in this traditional hand crafted way.
Kilchoman 100% Islay 7th Edition Year Old will retail for approximately £70.00.
The distillery has very kindly sent me a sample. So, what did I think? Here are my tasting notes …
Tasting Notes – Kilchoman 100% Islay 7th Edition (50%)
Colour: Pale, straw colour.
Nose: Strong, pleasant charred wood and smoke hits you straight away. Little bit of green apple and vanilla starts to come through after a while in the glass. Caramel also makes an appearane in stronger tones as time progresses.
Palate: Smokey and slightly peaty, sweet vanilla and fresh citrus fruit.
Finish: Very smooth long finish with the peat smokiness and sweet fruit complementing each other throughout. A hint of pepperiness sends it on it’s way!
Overall: I WANT THIS DRAM! If your into balanced peatiness coupled with fresh fruit and vanilla sweetness then this whisky should certainly be on your shortlist … a shortlist of ONE!
So. What are you waiting for?
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.
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.
– Anthony Wills: Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director
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.
The development of the 100% Islay casks from the Inaugural release up to this, the oldest 100% Islay release, has been intriguing to see. As the bourbon barrel maturation influences the spirit over time it has taken on a real depth of character and complexity to add to the light citrus fruit and peat smoke of the Kilchoman spirit.
– Robin Bignal: Production Manager
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.
Visit them online at www.kilchomandistillery.com
Kilchoman is available to buy from these Whisky Merchants:-