Kilchoman Single Malt

This evening, I am focusing on Kilchoman  Distillery, one of the youngest whisky producers in Scotland. Kilchoman is. by the standards of Glenfiddich and Glenlivet, tiny producing just  140,000 litres of spirit per year compared with some 10.0m litres p.a. at the two big distilleries mentioned.

Kilchoman is a fully integrated distillery based at Rockside Farm in the North-West of the island of Islay, near Loch Gorm. The basic ingredient of barley is grown on site then malted on a traditional maltings floor, one of only a handful of such floor maltings in Scotland. Moreover, the still furnaces are heated using a peat fuelled furnace.

The distillery was launched in 2005 subsequent to which steady progress has been made in establishing  a market presence for the key single malts of Loch Gorm and Machir Bay. Consistent with most distilleries on Islay, Kilchoman’s malts are peated (smokey).

Visitors are encouraged at Kilchoman where facilities include a restaurant and shop.

Remote and spectacular scenery adds to the visitor experience.

Barley ready for whisky making.

Kilchoman Distillery

Malting Floor

Kilchoman Distillery

Mash Tun

Mash Tun

Washbacks (Fermentation)

Kilchoman Distillery

Distillation

Whisky Stills

Peat-fired furnace under stills.

Kilchoman Distillery

Spirit Safe

Spirit Safe

Maturation in oak casks

Kilchoman Distillery

Bottling and labelling

Kilchoman Distillery

If time permits, Kilchoman is a ‘must’ for whisky aficionados visiting Islay.

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