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The New Kid on Islay.
Kilchoman (pron. Kil-Ho-Man), is the first distillery to be established on Islay in over 124 years. It was started in 2005 by Anthony Wills, who ran an independent single cask bottling company for 8 years, and was immersed in building the ultimate farm distillery, where he’d take Whisky back to its roots.
The Kilchoman distillery is unique for several reasons. It's one of only six Scotch distilleries to carry out traditional floor maltings, and one of only two to do the malting, distilling, maturing and bottling on premise. Furthermore, they grow their own Barley on the farm itself, whereas most other distilleries purchase it around the country (or even abroad). They use 30% of their own barley, and the balance is purchased from Port Ellen Maltings. It’s one of the smallest Scotch distilleries, with an annual output of 120,000 litres, and when you talk about artisanal, this is as good as it gets with Scotch Whisky. They've been rocking it ever since they started, and we should all be mega excited to see where it leads to next.
Machir Bay is their main product. It's a vatting of 4 and 5-year-old Bourbon cask matured and Oloroso-finished malt. Machir Bay was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition, and it was also named Whisky of the Year at the International Whisky Competition. Definitely one of the most exciting Scotch releases out there in the recent years, with a different style than you'd expect from an Islay Scotch. Still peated, mind you, but just different. It's more subdued, expressed differently.
Appearance / Color
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Smoky, hay/straw, salted white chocolate, hints of sherry notes.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Black pepper, butterscotch, very clean, light, with lemon peel, fresh strawberries and fruit punch.
Long, round and peated.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Kilchoman Machir Bay and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.