Kilchoman Islay Whisky Distillery
Kilchoman is the young pretender on Islay bravely opening in 2006 and taking on its illustrious neighbours on Islay. Kilchoman represents a time gone by when most Whisky distilleries were on farms. When popularity of whisky grew outside Scotland and the resulting larger demand the Customs & Excise imposed stricter regulations meaning many of the traditional farm distilleries closed. Records show there was as many thirteen working farm distilleries on Islay at one point. This was to the benefit of the large distilleries including some of Kilchomans Islay competitors Bowmore, Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Laphroig.
Based at Rockside farm Kilchoman (pronounced kilhoman) completes the entire process from using the barley on their farm to bottling and has become a popular distillery to visit when on Islay. Kilchoman is also only one of six Scottish Whisky Distilleries to use traditional floor maltings. It is particularly good for families to visit with farm animals milling around and horse riding. There is also a great child friendly café serving great quality food. Although their distillery is small it is now producing 90,000 litres of spirit per annum most of which is going into Bourbon Barrels the rest into Oloroso sherry butts.
There are some early releases from Kilchoman however they are still on the young side but show great potential. There is a bramble whisky liqueur produced here which goes well with Champagne if you are looking to give your guests something a little special.
Taste: Sweet with a sign of youth about it, this whisky has everything fruit, smoke, salt and caramel a lot of potential when a little older perhaps.