Kilchoman Sauternes Cask Malt (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.
Honeyed apricots, salt spray, citrus and smoke are evident on the nose while delicate oyster shell, marzipan, and candied lemon peel give way to a long and peaty finish.
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.
Kilchoman uses the smallest stills on Islay and these small copper pot stills impart a uniquely full and complex character to their whisky.
Kilchoman Sauterne Cask is a vatting of just 30 casks that are initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being transferred to fresh sauternes hogsheads for 5 months. While Kilchoman usually favours full maturation for their wine cask offerings the sauternes casks were deemed to be too dominant and thus only a brief finishing period was used in order to provide appropriate balance.
Kilchoman Sauternes Cask is bottled on site at 50% ABV without chill filtration or the addition of caramel. 10 000 bottles were produced.