Kilchoman Machir Bay (700ml)
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Anthony Wills founded the Kilchoman Distillery after decades learning the importance of blending, wood management, and cask selection as an independent bottler. Anthony dreamed of opening a distillery that paid homage to the rich history of Scottish farm distilling and offered a counterpoint to the industrial distilleries pumping out 10 million liters a year. In 2005, that dream was realized when the Kilchoman distillery finished its inaugural batch making it the first new distillery on Islay in over 120 years.
The picturesque Kilchoman Distillery sits nestled amongst the traditional buildings of Rockside Farm on the north-west coast of Islay. Famous as Islay’s Farm Distillery, their barley fields stretch west to the shores of Machir Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Through their “barley to bottle” philosophy, this family-run project has built itself quite a following over the past 15 years.
“Machir Bay has a beautiful balance of vanilla, smokey butterscotch and rich fruitiness each contributing in complexity and combining to create a truly unique Islay dram” – John MacLellan, Distillery Manager
Kilchoman grows as much of its own barley as possible and what extra they need is provided by the Port Ellen malt house 30 minutes away. The peat is dug from local bogs and the traditional floor malting process happens on site at the distillery. They use the smallest stills on Islay and these small capacity, stout, copper pot stills impart a uniquely full and complex character to their whisky. Machir Bay is a vatting of approximately 80% Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels and 20% oloroso sherry barrels making it the inverse of their Sanaig bottling which leans more heavily on sherry. Its bottled on site at 46% ABV without chill filtration or the addition of caramel.
Sandy ocean shore on the nose; wet, burnt log, freshly chopped wood, and cereal. Sweet, mouth coating smoke on the palate with sugared cereal, and orange citrus. Delicate mouthfeel.