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KILCHOMAN      New Spirit  63,5  %       INFO                               
THE  TRUE  ISLAY
TRADITION
Bottled at Full Strenght
Barley Variety: Optic
Peating Level: 50
Distillation Date: 25.7.07
Cask Type: Bourbon
Bottling Date: 3.8.07
5 cl Bottle
Distilled and Bottled by
Kilchoman Distillery, Isle of Islay

KILCHOMAN   3 years old   46 %  INFO
ISLAY  SINGLE  MALT  
SCOTCH  WHISKY
ISLAY's   FARM  DISTILLERY
Kilchoman Distillery Uniquely Islay
SPRING  2 0 1 0  RELEASE
THIRD  RELEASE
Aged for 3 years in fresh bourbon barrels
oloroso sherry butts
Non Chill Filtered
Natural Colour
Distilled, Matured and Bottled by
Kilchoman - Islay Farm Distillery, Isle of Islay

KILCHOMAN  3 years old 46 %         INFO
ISLAY's  FARM  DISTILLERY
ISLAY  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Kilchoman Distillery Uniquely Islay
SUMMER  2 0 1 0  RELEASE
Non Chill Filtered - Natural Colour
Distilled, matured and Bottled by
Kilchoman Distillery, Islay

KILCHOMAN    SHERRY  CASK  RELEASE  INFO
ISLAY  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
ISLAY'S  FARM  DISTILLERY
FIRST  SHERRY  CASK MATURED
RELEASE  FROM  KILCHOMAN
IT  HAS BEEN MATURED FOR
4.5 YEARS IN OLOROSO SHERRY  BUTTS
2012
UNIQUELY  ISLAY
Non chill filtered
Natural Colour
Distilled, matured and bottled by
Kilchoman Distillery, Islay

KILCHOMAN   50 % INFO:     

1 0 0  %  ISLAY  RELEASE UNIQUELY  ISLAY    

2  N D  EDITION                                             

ISLAY' s  FARM  DISTILLERY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky                                                                                     

Non Chill Filtered

Natural Colour                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Distilled, Matured and Bottled at Kilchoman Distillery, Islay

KILCHOMAN INFO

over 3 years old  50 %

Islay Farm Distillery

Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

INAUGURAL  1 0 0   %  ISLAY

Uniquely Islay

Non Chill Filtered

Natural Colour

Distilled, matured and Bottled at Kilchoman Distillery,   Islay.
John MacLellan       Distillery Manager
Dr. James Swan      Whisky Consultant
Aged in fresh and refill Bourbon barrels

KILCHOMAN INFO
Aged  5 years  59.2 %                             
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Date Distilled: 1st July 2009
Cask Type: First Fill Barrel / ex Bourbon
Society Single Cask No: Code 129.5
Outturn: One of only 257 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
"Some like it hot! "

KILCHOMAN INFO
46 %                                                                                 
MACHIR  BAY
ISLAY  SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
ISLAY' S   FARM  DISTILLERY
( 2  0 1 5 )
UNIQUELY  ISLAY
Non chill filtered
Natural colour
Distilled, matured and Bottled by
Kilchoman Distillery, Islay

KILCHOMAN
46  %                                                                    
LOCH  GORM INFO
ISLAY  SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
ISLAY' S  FARM  DISTILLERY
Distilled: 2010
SHERRY  CASK  RELEASE
Bottled: 2015
UNIQUELY  islay
Non Chill Filtered
Natural Colour
Distilled, Matured and Bottled by
Kilchoman Distillery, Islay


KILCHOMAN INFO
Established 2005
46  %                                                                 
SANAIG
ISLAY  SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY  
ISLAY' S  FARM  DISTILLERY
UNIQUELY  ISLAY
( 2 0 1 5)
Non chill filtered
Natural colour
Distilled, matured and bottled by
Kilchoman Distillery, Islay


KILCHOMAN INFO
50 %     
Over 5 year old                                                           
THE  5TH   EDITION
100 %  ISLAY
ISLAY's  FARM  DISTILLERY
Matured in fresh - and refill Bourbon Barrels
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Non Chill Filtered
Natural Colour
Kilchoman Distillery, Islay
                                                                                 

KILCHOMAN INFO
63. 7 %
Over 5 years old                                                           
ISLAY's   FARM  DISTILLERY
Islay Single malt Scotch Whisky
Distiilation Date: 29.6.2010
Bottle Date: 12.8.2015
CASK  STRENGHT
SINGLE  BOURBON  CASK
Case 323 / number 2010
239 Numbered Bottles
Selected and Bottled  for Bresser & Timmer.NL
SINGLE  CASK  RELEASE
Kilchoman Distillery, Islay

Colour: Golden hay
Nose: soft fruits, citrus notes with a sweet smoky aroma
Palate: Subtle creamy vanilla and ripe fruit with a burst of smoke
The finish is long, clean and sweet.

I s l a y

T h e  K i l d a l t o n  D i s t i l l e r i e s

KILCHOMAN   (2005

Kilchoman werd op 3 Juni 2005 opgestart, het is de eerste distilleerderij die wordt
geopend sinds Malt Mill, in de Lagavulin distilleerderij werd opgestart in 1908

De distilleerderij is gelegen aan de westkust van Islay, dichtbij de Machir Bay en
het beroemde Celtic Cross, dat dateert van A.D. 1400.

Kilchoman is gevestigd op de Rockside Farm van Mark French, die al 25 jaar boert
op Islay en zocht naar mogelijkheden om zijn bedrijfje een breder draagvlak te geven,
onder de merknaam Islay Fine Food verkoopt hij gerookt rund- en lamsvlees, en zijn
vrouw Rohaise verzorgd tochten met een huifkar over het eiland.

Op de boerderij groeit het gerst, nodig voor het distileren, terwijl het residu, dat na
het distilleren overblijft gebruikt wordt als voer voor zijn koeien en schapen

Kilchoman kwam mede tot stand dank zij de langdurige vriendschap van Mark French
Met Anthony Wills te Argyllshire, eigenaar van Liquid Gold Enterprises, een firma
die zich specialiseert in Single Cask bottelingen

Anthony Wills had eerder geprobeerd Glen Scotia in Campbeltown over te nemen, maar
dat was te kostbaar

Ze zijn er in geslaagd Jim Swan, eerder betrokken bij Blackwood Distillery op Shetland
en Gwalia in Wales en John McDougall, legendarisch in de Schotse Whisky industrie
vanwege zijn betrokkenheid bij niet minder dan 19 distilleerderijen, waarbij Laphroaig
en Springbank

Men verkreeg ook assistentie van Ron Gibson, chemisch ingenieur te Girvan in Ayrshire,
eerder werkzaam bij William Grant & Sons Ltd  en verantwoordelijk voor het ontwerp
van de Grain distilleerderij te Girvan, van William Grant & Sons Ltd

Kilchoman is genoemd  naar een gehucht dichtbij de distilleerderij, Kil is kerk, Choman
is heilige in het Keltisch

Er staan een Wash Still van 2700 liter, een Spirit Still  van 1500 liter en twee Washbacks
van roestvrij staal

Het water dat wordt gebruikt voor het weken, brouwen en koelen komt van één bron:
Allt Gleann Osamail, een kunstmatig meertje dat het water opvangt dat komt van de
heuvels Cnoc Dubh, Cnoc na h-Uamha en Air Liath, gelegen achter Bruichladdich.

De ketels komen van de legendarische ketelbouwers Forsyths te Rothes

Er wordt niet meer dan 35000 liter spirit geproduceerd, oplopend tot 90000 liter in
de toekomst.

De stichtingskosten bedragen 900.000 Engelse ponden

De eerste whisky wordt gelagerd in Bourbon vaten

Er wordt ook geexperimenteerd met andere vaten, en verschillende Peat levels.

Men mout zelf, maar er wordt ook gemoute gerst van Port Ellen betrokken

Op 12 Februari 2006 brak er brand uit, maar de schade bleef beperkt

Er is een bezoekerscentrum, koffieshop, en souvenierverkoop

Capaciteit : 90.000 liter

Kilchoan is een boederij distilleerderij; de gerst komt van de Rockside Farm, en er wordt
gemout, gedistilleerd, gelagerd en gebotteld ter plekke

De machinerie bestaat uit een mash tun, vier r.v.s. wash backs, een eash still van 2700 liter,
een spirit still van 500 liter

De gisting duurt 100 uur, 40 %  van de behoefte wordt ter plekker gemout, de rest komt van
Port Ellen

De mout heeft een phenolpercentage van 25 - 30 ppm, terwijl de mout van Port Ellen hetzelfde percentage heeft als Ardbeg

Lagering vindt plaats in op de boerderij in lagerpakhuizen (Dunnage) = met een aarden vloer

Kapaciteit van de lagerpakhuizen is 600 vaten

De 95.000 liter spirit lagert in 630 Bourbon- en 40 Shery vaten

De flessen met whisky gemaakt van mout van Port Ellen krijgen de vermelding Kilchoan,
de flessen met whisky met mout van de eigen mouterij krijgen de vermelding Kichoan
100 % Islay

KILCHOMAN (3rd June 2005


x     Barley is Grown at the Distillery
x     Malted on a Malt Floor at the Distillery
x     Peated to an average of 45 ppm  (parts of million of phenols)
x     Distilled and Matured at the Distillery
x     The New Spirit is Filled into a Combination of Fresh Bourbon Barrels, from Buffalo
      Trace Distillery, Kentucky, Fresh Oloroso Sherry Butts, as well as carefully selected
      Refill Bourbon Barrels
x     When Mature our Malt will be Bottled at the Distillery
x     The First Bottling will take place in 2009 (3 years of age)
x     A visitor centr, shop and café are also part of the distillery operation. The shop sells
      a range of Kilchoman merchandise, miniatures of Kilchoman 'New Spirit'a limited
      edition release of an Islay Single Cask Malt under the Macbeatha brand, and a superb
      range of gifts. The café offers delicious homemade soups, paninis, cakes, coffees, teas
      and other refreshments

Rockside Farm, Bruichladdich , Isle of Islay, Argyll P A 49  7  U T

2002   Planning starts in 2002
2005   Production starts in June
2006   A fire breaks out in the kiln                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

causing a few weeks production stop                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

but malting has to cease
2007  Kilchoman is expanded with                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

two wash backs
2009  9th  September  the first 3 year                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

old single malt is released followed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

by a second release
2010 Three new releases and the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

introduction of the United States market                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

MacLellan comes over from                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Bunnahabhain to become                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

General Manager
2011  Kilchoman 100 % Islay is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

released, and a 4- and 5 year old.

Kilchoman's new warehouse


15 November, 2013

Islay's independent farm distillery, Kilchoman, has built a new warehouse to hold more than 10,000 casks.
Cose to the distillery and visitor centre, the 2,400 metres-squared warehouse was built to meet demand for the Kilchoman whiskies, which includes Machir Bay, Loch Gorm and a new edition of 100% Islay. The company says the development is a landmark in the distillery's history, which only released its first single malt, 100% Islay, in June 2011.
Kilchoman managing director Anthony Wills said: "The new warehouse opens up a number of opportunities for Kilchoman and to have reached this milestone earlier than we had anticipated is a great achievement for us.
"We built the warehouse to utilise the space we have at the distillery and we're looking forward to being able to move Kilchoman into a new chapter of its history."

Established in 2005, Kilchoman (pronounced Kil - ho - man) is one of the
smallest distilleries in Scotland. Based on a farm on the rugged west - coast
of Islay, Kilchoman was the first distillery to be built on the island for 125 years.

Kilchoman displays all that is great about the grass - roots traditions of Scotch
whisky distilling and truly is Islay's farm distillery - from barley to bottle.

Loch Gorm, located just north of the distillery is very peaty in colour, similar to
the dark rich colour of our sherry cask matured single malts and is the name
given  to our sherry cask matured releases. It has been matured for over two
years in oloroso sherry butts.

Established in 2005, Kilchoman (pronounced Kil - ho - man) is one of the
smallest distilleries in Scotland. Based on a farm on thr rugged west - coast
of Islay, Kilchoman was the first distillery to be built on the island for 125 years.

Kilchoman displays all that is great about the grass - roots traditions of Scotch
whisky distilling and truly is Islay's farm distillery - from barley to bottle.

Sanaig, located north of the distillery is a small rocky inlet and is the name given
to the newest expression in the Kilchoman range. It is a vatting of ex bourbon
and sherry casks.


These days 25% of its barley requirements come from Islay (mostly from fields around the distillery). It has a small malting floor and kiln which produces a medium-peated malt - the heavily peated with which it is mixed comes from Port Ellen. Inside the distillery, fermentation is long - helping to create fruitiness to balance the shoreline/shellfish like phenolics, while an enlightened (and pricey) wood policy has seen a high percent of first-fill ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks being used. The result is that Kilchoman has hit the start of its mature period at a remarkably young age.    

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 Co. Antrim. 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 has expanded once (in 2007) built new warehouses and in 2010 hired a hugely experienced manager in John MacLellan who had spent many years at the helm of Bunnahabhain. The history may be short, but the long-term vision is very much in evidence.


Kilchoman Distillery Company

These days 25% of its barley requirements come from Islay (mostly from fields around the distillery). It has a small malting floor and kiln which produces a medium-peated malt - the heavily peated with which it is mixed comes from Port Ellen. Inside the distillery, fermentation is long - helping to create fruitiness to balance the shoreline/shellfish like phenolics, while an enlightened (and pricey) wood policy has seen a high percent of first-fill ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks being used. The result is that Kilchoman has hit the start of its mature period at a remarkably young age.    

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 Co. Antrim. 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 has expanded once (in 2007) built new warehouses and in 2010 hired a hugely experienced manager in John MacLellan who had spent many years at the helm of Bunnahabhain. The history may be short, but the long-term vision is very much in evidence.

2002
Planning begins on a new distillery at Rockside Farm on Islay
2005
Production starts at Kilchoman
2006
Fire breaks out in the kiln, forcing production to halt for a few weeks, although maltings are forced to cease for six months
2007
Two new washbacks are installed
2009
Kilchoman releases its first single malt, a 3-year-old
2010
John MacLellan joins the team as distillery manager
2011
Kilchoman 100% Islay, made using ingredients sourced from the island, is launched
2012
The distillery's first core release, Machir Bay, is launched
2013
Kilchoman Loch Gorm is introduced
2014
Kilchoman Coull Point is released as a duty free exclusive

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
0.125
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
70-110hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
1.2
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Diageo malt 50ppm, own malt 10-25ppm
MALT SUPPLIER i
Diageo and own maltings
MASH TUN MATERIAL i
Copper domed, stainless steel
MASH TUN TYPE i
Semi Lauter
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
69.7-70.2%
SINGLE MALT PERCENTAGE i
100%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
1,600
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Onion shape with boil ball in neck
SPIRIT STILL SIZE (L) i
2,070
STILLS i
2
WAREHOUSING i
Currently at Kilchoman, Bruichladdich, Bowmore and Port Ellen. Mostly dunnage
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
3,000
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Classic Onion
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
3,230
WASHBACK CHARGE (L) i
6,000
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
8,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
Stainless steel
WASHBACKS i
4
WATER SOURCE i
Surface water collected in small dam close to distillery
WORT CLARITY i
Good
YEAST TYPE i
Mauri
OWNER

Kilchoman Distillery Company
2002 - present

O DOUBLE DISTILLATION CAPACITY
14 November 2017

Kilchoman distillery
Going up: Kilchoman is set to double its production capacity by the end of 2018
Kilchoman, which began production in 2005, has already built a new malt floor and kiln on the site of the old Rockside Farm cow shed.

This is due to become fully operation in November, and will be capable of processing four-tonne batches of the distillery’s own barley, compared to the two tonnes which the existing maltings can produce.

In 2018, construction will start on a new stillhouse, mash house and tun room – housing two more stills, a mash tun and six new washbacks.

All will be of the same size and design as the distillery’s existing equipment in an effort to ensure that the character of the new make spirit will remain consistent.

When fully operational, the two stillhouses will allow Kilchoman to produce a maximum of 460,000 litres of pure alcohol (lpa) per year, a doubling of its current capacity.

In addition, five new warehouses will be constructed on-site over the next five years.

‘The single malt market is still growing and we want to be part of this continued growth,’ said Kilchoman founder Anthony Wills.

‘We have built momentum with sales and I don’t want to be in a position in four to five years of having to allocate stock.’

The news comes as a number of other Islay distilleries, including Ardbeg and Laphroaig, are reportedly looking to expand their production.

Two weeks ago, Diageo announced that it would rebuild Port Ellen distillery, 34 years after it closed, with production likely to restart by 2020.

Meanwhile, independent bottler Hunter Laing is currently building a new distillery at Ardnahoe, with production due to begin next year


Anthony Wills founder of Kilchoman
Anthony Wills risked his life savings to build Kilchoman.
‘I never imagined that 10 years after starting Kilchoman people would be talking about a product from a distillery that I built, that is around the world in bars and clubs, and people are writing nice things about. That is hugely satisfying and I feel incredibly proud.

‘I risked a huge amount when I started because I put all my money in, all of it, and more. It concentrates the mind hugely when you do that and we never raised anything close to what we needed because no one was interested in investing in something that was so high risk.

‘I knew no one had built a distillery on Islay for 120 years but I didn’t really do any research; if I had I wouldn’t have bloody done it. If I’d spoken with my accountant he’d have said I was mad and forget it because it’s not a model that anyone’s going to invest in, and he would have been right. It took me four years to raise the initial funds because none of the financial houses would look at it with a barge pole.

‘Eventually I raised small amounts of money from a few wealthy individuals, for whom, at that point, 40% tax relief was still useful. They thought the idea was completely mad, but a bit of fun. They didn’t think it was a serious investment but were prepared to give it a go. They probably thought I would lose their money.  

‘I had to take huge dilution to raise extra money but I have no intention of selling up and moving on – I’ve worked too hard to get this business where it is. As a family we have a reasonable stake in the business, but no one holds the majority. I’m very lucky to have very supportive director-shareholders who know that I’ve got the business where it is and that I’m pretty important to it, but then no one’s indispensable.

‘My own view, and I’m not trying to be smug or arrogant, is that the time has passed for new distilleries. Unless you have whisky experience and have knowledge of taking your product to market, you’re going to struggle like hell.

‘If you've worked out you need £5m, you actually need £10m. And you’ll need it all. Maybe costing things now are a bit easier than it was in my day because I didn’t have any distilleries to benchmark against. Now you can come to me or a few other distilleries and get a closer idea of the cost. I didn’t have that luxury.

‘I get enquiries every week of the year from people who want to chat with me to find out what I did and give them some advice, and I’ve done that freely. I’ve talked to various people and I know the ones who have a chance and the ones who will fall absolutely flat on their faces.

‘The last 10 years haven’t been easy for us. In 2006 we burned the kiln down. Luckily it didn’t do any damage, but we were out of production for our own malt for a year. We had awful problems – boilers breaking down, steam pipes bursting every five minutes – we had huge issues and I could write a book about what not to do when building a distillery. I can look back and laugh about it now but I wouldn’t have done five years ago; I would have been crying.

‘We are looking to expand slowly as the demand increases. We just put in two new washbacks that will take us from 160,000 litres [pure alcohol] this year to 200,000 litres in 2016. What we are not going to do is put in more stills. My belief is that Kilchoman's character as a farm distillery is pretty unique – you start putting in more stills and you start losing that marketing angle.

‘Every time we increase production it’s to the detriment of our 100% Islay product, which accounts for less than 17% of sales now. The idea is to get that back up closer to 30%, so we’re building a new malt floor, kiln, and growing more barley on the farm. We can do that now because we’re in charge; we’re the farmer.

‘It was common knowledge we didn’t see eye-to-eye with the landowner, which was a shame. He was a friend of mine and when you go into business with friends it doesn’t always work. So when the opportunity came along this summer to purchase the land, it was crazy not to look at it. Yes we paid a premium but we always knew we were going to and it secures the future of the business. And we can now expand; we can do things we weren’t able to do before and it gives us a whole new perspective on the business.

‘Making the decision to build the distillery on Islay was the most important I’ve made because Kilchoman’s success is very much down to where the distillery is, the provenance, tradition and history of the region. Plonking a distillery in Glasgow or wherever in Scotland that doesn’t have a heritage and tradition of distilling makes it more difficult.

‘Global demand for peated whisky is very good. Distillers on Islay are focusing on peated products more now than they used to but it’s much more balanced as well; the peat isn’t dominating and that’s because we’re better at cask maturation than we were and the distilling processes are far better now than they used to be.

‘It’s not that I’m not a fan of cask finishing, but we don’t want to follow what everyone else does. We’d rather be different and unique, and tell a different story, so we’re going to look at full maturation in Cognac, Port, Madeira, sauternes, rum casks and others when we can find them.

‘Our distillery manager, John McClelland, has prostate cancer and has been off work for 20 months now. We’re supporting him as much as possible, and if he can come back and help us in any way for short periods of time we’d be happy to have him, but so far it’s not been possible.

‘In John’s absence I’ve now taken over responsibility for selecting the casks we use in vattings, although we’d like to have someone else join the company who has experience and who we can rely on.

'Now we're 10 years in I’m certainly not thinking I’ve done the job and I can now sit back and relax – I’m driven to take Kilchoman to the next stage.'
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