(pronounced kilhoman) is a farm scale distillery and the
first to be built on Islay for 124 years. Kilchoman
gives everyone the opportunity to see all that is best
in the grass-roots traditions of whisky production -
from barley field to bottling room.
The farm lies
by the shore of Machir Bay on the west coast of Islay a
few kilometres from Port Charlotte. The partners Anthony
Wills and Mark French began construction in 2002 and was
finished in 2005. The
distillery which they have named Kilchoman will
run a traditional production; they grow their own
barley, the peat will be locally obtained and they will
have their own malting floor. The by-product from the
process will be used for feeding cattle and for
fertilisation. The wash still is heated by an open
flame and the spirit still by internal steam coils.
Kilchoman argue that the open flame will contribute to a
whisky with a natural taste. The wash backs is made
by wood. The water used in the production will be
taken from the hills behind Bruichladdich. The water has
flowed through earth rich in moss and peat before
John McDougall is initially involved in
the project as a production consultant. McDougall has
worked at 19 distilleries and has 40 years experience
from making whisky at for example Laphroaig and
Springbank. He is currently working as a lecturer and a
consultant and he also sells whisky as an independent
bottler. One of the Founders, Anthony Wills, is running
another company called the ‘Liquid Gold Enterprises’,
specialising in single cask malt bottlings.
Kilchoman have decided on a unique approach and will
sell their whisky exclusively as single malt. The annual
production capacity will be 180 000 litres and
production will initially be set to 90 000 litres. As a
comparison the other Islay distilleries on average
produce 70 000 litres each week.
Kilchoman had an open day in May 2004 when 200 people
visited the building site during the Islay Whisky
Festival. They and other interested customers will have
to wait another eight years before they may open a
bottle from Islay’s youngest distillery. If you are
interested in buying some already now they sell casks to
Isle of Islay, Scotland.
Tel (44) 1496 850011
Fax (44) 1496 850156
Kilchoman official website >>
Kilchoman has a shop
and a small café on site.
from the Ordnance Survey
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Ordnance Survey and
Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.
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