April 27, 2023

Kilchoman 100% islay

Kilchoman 100% islay
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On today's episode we have a glass of Kilchoman 100% Islay 11th edition! Continuing our scotch series with special guest Ryan from the club.  We talk about Farm to glass islay style, smokiness, and slowing down life. All that and more on today's episode of Whiskey Chasers! 

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  • Every year for the whiskey club we do a bottle gift exchange around Christmas, and Chris got this one!
  • Pronounced Kill Ho Man
  • Founded in 2005, Kilchoman was the first new distillery to be built on Islay in over 124 years. 
    • Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder, set out to resurrect the grass roots tradition of farm distilling. 
    • Their 100% Islay range represents the revival of those traditions, standing alone as Islay’s only Single Farm Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
  • Kilchoman is a family run business established by Anthony and Kathy Wills.  
    • As the business expanded, the husband and wife team were joined by their three sons; James, George and Peter.  
    • The Wills family remain the driving force behind Kilchoman with Anthony as Managing Director and Master Distiller, Kathy running the Visitor Centre and their three sons managing the distillery’s sales and marketing activities.
  • Our 100% Islay philosophy stems from Anthony and Kathy’s desire to resurrect the grass roots tradition of farm distilling. 
    •  From the very beginning, the 100% Islay range was their main reason for being.  It represents the revival of single malt whisky being cultivated from barley to bottle in a single location.  
    • Their distillery is one where the responsibility for quality and consistency is not outsourced but completed on-site with skill, care and attention to detail.
  • The craggy hill ground to their south is grazed by their flock of blackface sheep.
  • To the west, their herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle feed on a combination of machair grasses and draff; barley husks discarded during the whisky-making process.
  • Their most fertile ground, 400 acres of rich soil surrounding the distillery, is reserved for their annual barley crop.  Sown each spring, once Islay’s 50,000 migratory geese have departed, the barley ripens over the summer months before being harvested in early autumn.
  • Their Process 
  • The bottle (100% ISLAY 12TH EDITION)
    • The 100% Islay 12th Edition was matured in 29 bourbon barrels and 6 oloroso sherry butts for a minimum of 8 years.
    • Boast a PPM of only 20 
    • Only 12,500 bottles were produced 
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