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Kilchoman Distillery
Machir Bay top of picture on left.  Loch Gorm top right.
 
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Kilchoman
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Established in 2005, Kilchoman (pronounced Kil-ho-men) is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland. 
Based on a working farm on the rugged west coast of Islay, Kilchoman is the first distillery to be
built on the island in 125 years.  Kilchoman gives everyone the chance to see what is best
about the grass-roots tradition of malt distilling.
As well as being one of only a handful of distilleries still practicing floor malting, they also grow their
own barley at the distillery (because they are a working farm).

Machir Bay
The Machir Bay range is the core expression, first launched in 2012 when it won the prestigious IWSC 2012 Gold Award – Best in Class. Machir Bay is a picturesque sandy beach overlooked by the Kilchoman Church just half a mile from the distillery.  
Unlike most Kilchoman releases Machir Bay is matured in both Bourbon barrels and Sherry casks affording it
a beautiful balance of rich tropical fruit, peat smoke, light vanilla and intense sweetness.

Sanaig
Sanaig, a small rocky inlet North West of the distillery, is the name given to this continuously available release. Sanaig has a predominantly sherry cask influence owing to the significant time spent in oloroso sherry Hogsheads. These aged oloroso casks contribute a drastically transformed depth of colour and character compared to the mostly Bourbon cask matured Machir Bay.
“A beautiful marriage of bourbon and sherry maturation balanced with classic Islay peat smoke and light citrus sweetness.”

Loch Gorm
Named after a famously peaty loch overlooked by the distillery, Loch Gorm is the only fully ex-sherry cask matured release in our range.
Since it's first launch in 2012 a new edition of Loch Gorm has been released every year, each with it's unique balance of sherry influence and maturity.  Bottlings are differentiated by distillation and bottling years printed on the label.
Loch Gorm combines rich sherry fruits and spices with smouldering peat, cloves and lingering sweetness.
Loch Gorm is released on a limited basis.

100% Islay
All parts of the production process for the 100% Islay have taken place at the distillery – from barley to bottle.
The barley is grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled at Kilchoman making for a unique character.
Bottled at 50% ABV and peated to a lower level to that our other releases, 100% Islay has a lighter, fresher feel to it.
Citrus and lemon notes come through with soft peat smoke and a long smooth finish.  
First launched in 2010 a new edition of the 100% Islay has been released every year since.

Vintage
The Vintage releases are created from specially selected fresh and refill Bourbon casks.
The bourbon casks selected for the Vintage releases are some of the oldest we have maturing.  
The 2006 Vintage was the first to be launched as a five year old, since then we have released a 2007 Vintage
(six years old), a seven year old 2008 Vintage will be released in Autumn 2015.  
Being matured exclusively in bourbon barrels gives these releases powerful peat smoked fruit on the nose
and mouth-filling butterscotch and clove sweetness on the palette.

Single Cask
The single cask releases are chosen specifically for selected retailers.  A variety of single casks are released throughout
the year in markets around the world.  All Single Casks are released at cask strength, to date single cask bottlings have
included Bourbon barrels, Sherry casks and PX finishes.  
These single casks bottlings typically represent the very best casks in the warehouse.

Original Cask Strength
The Original Cask Strength is a special edition Kilchoman bottled at natural cask strength,
presenting the whisky in its purest form with un-paralleled intensity of flavour and texture.
Anthony Wills, managing director of Kilchoman, said: “it has always been my intention to release
a cask strength expression once we had the stock available.
This is the way single malt should be drunk.
It allows everyone to experience Kilchoman with all the characteristics captured in the glass”
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The first release in October 2014 was chosen from a selection of ex-bourbon casks filled in 2009.

Port Cask Matured
The Port Cask Matured release was the first of its kind when it was released in 2014.
This release is fully matured in ex Ruby Port casks allowing for the full influence of the port casks to be imparted into the whisky.
The Port Cask Matured is non chill-filtered and is natural colour. It is bottled at 55% ABV
and has a mahogany colour with a touch of ruby. The nose is powerful with lemon and citrus notes and
the palate has smoke right away along with sweet, nutty milk chocolate character.
There is a heavy textured finish which drifts away to dry smoke with oakiness. 

Madiera Cask Matured
Due for release in late 2015, the Madeira Cask Matured follows the release of our Port Cask Matured bottling in late 2014,
both are firsts for Kilchoman.  In 2010 approximately 20 Port, Madeira and Sauterne casks were filled for
a full maturation period of 3-5 years rather than the industry norm of finishing the whisky in wine casks
for just a few months.  The result is a rich, nutty influence from the Madeira wine casks combined
beautifully with the peaty Kilchoman spirit to give a punchy yet refined Islay dram.

Distributed Statewide in Texas by
United Wine & Spirits
Call 713.696.9463 for more information