New Islay distillery prepares for first whisky launch

21 July, 2009

The inaugural release from Kilchoman Distillery, the first new whisky producer on Islay for nearly 100 years, will be launched on Sept 9.

The malt has been matured in fresh bourbon barrels and finished for six months in Oloroso sherry butts. It will be bottled at 46% abv at natural colour and non chill-filtered.

Production started in late 2005 and annual output is between 90,000 and 100,000 litres.

Thirty per cent of the spirit is distilled from barley grown and malted at the distillery and the rest comes from the Port Ellen Maltings on the island. The two malts are kept separate during distilling and Kilchoman will release two different expressions.

The recommended retail price is £37 a bottle.

Founder and managing director Anthony Wills began the project in the summer of 2001. The company is owned by 30 private investors.

Wills said: “The release of our first single malt is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work and we have strived to produce top quality spirit and fill into top quality wood.

"The reaction to the various releases of our spirit has been very encouraging and everyone connected with Kilchoman is looking forward to sharing our malt with whisky enthusiasts around the world.”

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