The first distillery built on the Isle of Islay for over a century, Kilchoman celebrated its third birthday in September 2009, with its new spirit finally reaching the age required for it to be legally called a single malt. Built using the model of a “farmhouse-distillery”, Kilchoman makes a point of distilling its new spirit from barley grown on its own land. Some 100 tonnes are harvested and malted at the distillery, providing 30% of their needs. The rest comes from the maltings at Port Ellen. Its first barrel of new make spirit was filled in 2005.
KILCHOMAN AM BURACH 46%
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Am Bùrach, which literally means ‘a mess’ in Gaelic, is a highly unusual name for a single malt. Yet ‘mess’ is undoubtedly the common thread in the story behind this whisky…
In 2014, one of the distillery’s employees mixed Machir Bay Lighthouse casks and Port Cask Matured casks by mistake. What remains of this episode, described by Kilchoman Distillery’s General Manager Islay Heads as a “”mess””, is not only the name, but above all a delicious consequence, a lucky blend.
As a result, the unique and extremely short-lived edition has a complex ageing process for its only 9 years of age. Initially a blend of distillate aged in ex-sherry and bourbon casks with a distillate matured in Porto casks, it spent six years in ex-bourbon casks before being refined in ex-Ruby Port casks for another six months.
Am Bùrach is a single malt with not only a complex history, but an equally complex flavour profile. It is fruity and balanced on the nose with creamy hints of red fruits, spices and peat smoke, crowned by a dried fruit and vanilla finish.
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