Welcome to KWM Whisky Advent Day 10!
The Isle of Islay is the home to some of the most iconic distilleries in Scotland: Bowmore, Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig. It is a Mecca for whisky lovers the world over, and when Anthony Wills had a dream to open his own distillery Islay was the only place to do it. He didn’t want to build a large modern distillery when the barley is trucked in and the spirit trucked away. The industry has changed a lot over the last century, and some of the charm and tradition has been lost along the way. With Kilchoman (pronounced Kil-ho-man) Anthony wanted to build a farm distillery, returning Islay’s whisky industry to its roots.
Kilchoman not only malts some of its barley on site, but it grows it in the fields surrounding the distillery. The distillery is founded at Rockside Farm on the Western side of Islay. For a few short years it was the westernmost distillery in Scotland. A even smaller distillery on the Isle of Lewis bares this honour today. Rockside farm is located a mile inland from the beautiful white sands of Machir Bay, and beyond that lies thousands of miles of open ocean until you hit the east coast of Canada. For most of the 10 years it has now been producing whisky there was a bit of an uneasy relationship between Kilchoman and the farm, that came to an end this year when the distillery literally bought the farm.
In addition to producing the whisky on site, Kilchoman is also one of the few distilleries in Scotland to bottle on site. Would it disappoint you to learn that some of the best know whisky brands in Scotland are reduced to bottling strength with de-ionized city tap water? Both Kilchoman and Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay bottle their whiskies with the same water they use to produce them.
For Whisky Advent Day 11 we selected the Kilchoman Loch Gorm, a heavily sherried expression of Kilchoman. The whisky is named for the “famously peaty” and therefore dark loch (lake) just to the north of the distillery. We owe a debt of thanks to the distillery for bottling 50mls of Loch Gorm just for our Advent Calendar. If you like this whisky, we have both 50ml and 700ml bottles available!
Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015 – 46% – Matured in Ex-Sherry Casks – Andrew’s Tasting Note: “Nose: licorice and espresso beans, a touch of vanilla, soft leather, sea salt and buttery peat oils; grassy malt, crisp citrus and dried dark fruits; Palate: immediately medicinal and spicy, grassy malt, sea salt and Dutch licorice; more espresso bean, loads of rough leather, dark earthy peat and more dark fruits; Finish: the citrus and creamy tones come out in the finish while the spices, smoke and sea salt linger long; Comment: this is a big, rich and juicy Islay malt; hard to believe it is just 5 years of age. - $117.99 per 700ml - $14.99 per 50ml
Order Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2015 – $117.99
Stay tuned for Day 12 of KWM Whisky Advent Tomorrow