Whisky Tasting: Kilchoman Distillery

KilchomanTo be completely honest, Kilchoman isn’t at the top of my list of favorite whiskies. There’s just too much other stuff on Islay alone which gets my interest.

Id never been over enamored with the distillery on my visit several years ago. Although set on the rugged west coast of Islay overlooking Loch Gorm and a stone’s throw from Machir Bay, it just isn’t steeped with history, whitewashed walls and block lettering on the side like I was used to seeing on the island.

However, I approached this tasting evening with an open mind.

Hosted by George Wills, one of three sons of former independent whisky bottler and founder Anthony – all who play a role in Kilchoman.

For those of you not in the know, the distillery started out in 2005 using some old farm buildings (to blend into the Islay countryside) and was the first new distillery to be built on the island for 125 years. Generally speaking, their whiskies are from casks between five and six years old. They do have older casks, but obviously need to preserve their stocks for the future.

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Islay Report

Well it seems an age since i returned from my brief week in Islay, and my feet haven’t touched the ground since. Needless to say, it was a wonderful trip, mixed weather (of course) but some fantastic scenery, a close encounter with a seal, loads of time of the beach at Loch Gruinart and of course, a load of whisky.

Here’s the highlights form my visits to Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Kilchoman, Laphroaig, Bruichaladdich and Port Ellen

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