Kilchoman Distillery has unveiled the 10th Edition of its 100% Islay Whisky. The single farm single malt is the only Whisky in Scotland to be produced entirely on one farm, from barley to bottle.
Distilled from Optic and Publican barley varieties grown at Kilchoman in 2007, 2009, and 2010, the barley was then malted onsite and peated using local Islay peat before being distilled, matured and eventually bottled all within the farm distillery’s limits.
The 10th annual edition of the range was matured in a combination of 39 Bourbon barrels and 2 oloroso Sherry butts for a minimum of nine years. Each cask was personally selected for the release by distillery founder, Anthony Wills.
“Our 100% Islay whiskies are special, they both reflect the traditions of Scotch whisky production and examine the increasing interest in the detail of how single malt is made,” said Wills. “With our 100% Islay range we control every element of the whisky-making process ourselves, from barley variety through to individual casks selected for bottling. It means we are able to adapt our methods and inputs to maximise the character of the whisky in the glass. The Optic and Publican barley varieties used for the 10th Edition, paired with a light peat smoking, long fermentation and high spirit cut creates a bright, floral nose of citrus sweetness that gives way to prunes, cinnamon and cooked apples & pears on the palate. The finish brings waves of mildly spiced peat smoke, lasting sweetness and rich sherry notes.”
Coming in at 50% ABV, the Kilchoman 100% Islay 10th Edition will retail for £71.94 ($92.81 USD) per 70cl bottle. A limited number of bottles will be available via the distillery’s official website from 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, however, these will be restricted to just one bottle per person.