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With an ambition to take whisky production back to its traditional roots, Anthony Wills founded and built Kilchoman (pronounced kil-ho-man) distillery in 2005 on a farm situated on the rugged west coast of Islay. Islay's fertile soil is legendary; here barley can grow in abundance and it has plenty of water and peat for drying the malt.
Today, housed on Rockside Farm, Kilchoman is one of the youngest and smallest of the eight distilleries in Islay with an annual production of approximately 100,000 litres of alcohol. Adhering to the concept of farm distilleries, Kilchoman grows a portion of its own malting barley on the farm and every single step of whisky production from traditional floor maltings to ageing is done on site and under detailed supervision. As of 2011, Kilchoman has even built their own bottling room on the farm thus making it a truly start-to-finish distillery. Much sought after by whisky aficionados across all the continents, Kilchoman Whiskies are a work of patience, craftsmanship and art.
Kilchoman's distiller, Anthony Wills, won the 'Master Distiller of the Year 2013' at the International Whisky Competition (IWC).
Machir Bay, a heavily peated(50 PPM) whisky, is a vatting of 4 and 5 year old ex-bourbon casks, with the 4 year being finished in oloroso sherry butts for 4 weeks prior to bottling. Machir Bay was named 'Whisky of the Year 2013' at the International Whisky Competition.
Tasting Notes: The Machir Bay starts with a nose of soft cooked fruits with strong peaty aromas which in turn leads to a palate of mixed fruits and vanilla with an intense sweetness before a long lingering finish.MRP: Rs.8800
50% abv -700ml
Mildly peated to about 15-20 PPM, the entire production process for the 100% Islay takes place at the farm distillery - from barley to the bottle. The barley is grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled at Kilchoman.
Tasting Notes: Soft peaty aromas and a blend of citrus, lemon and pear drops. The palate has an initial sweetness that is followed by soft peat smoke and mixed fruits. The finish is long, clean and fresh.MRP: Rs.12400
46% Abv – 700ml
Sanaig is an enjoyable peaty single malt which has been matured mostly in Oloroso Sherry Hogsheads. These aged Oloroso casks contribute to a drastically transformed depth of colour and character.
'A beautiful marriage of Sherry and Bourbon maturation balanced with classic Islay peat smoke and light citrus sweetness' – Anthony Wills, Founder
Tasting Notes: The nose is pineapple chunks, white grapes, hints of fresh coffee and subtle spicy peat. The palate is more light fruits (peach variety), with dark chocolate raisins and a whisper of red berries. The peat continues to grow with hints of black pepper, and it is a long finish.MRP: Rs.12400