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Kilchoman Distillery
Kilchoman (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 reaching Kilchoman.

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 the public.

Contact information
Kilchoman Distillery Co. Ltd.
Rockside Farm,
Isle of Islay, Scotland.
PA49 7UT

Tel (44) 1496 850011
Fax (44) 1496 850156

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Kilchoman has a shop and a small café on site.


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