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.
Nose : powerful and fruity. Citrus, vanilla and ashy smoke evolving on pears, juicy peaches and spices.
Palate : creamy and complex. Ash smoke, iodine, honey then white and tropical fruits to finish on pastry notes.
Overall : persistent on the sherry. Spices, sea salt, cocoa and oily peat.