Scotch By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / October 6, 2020 The Kilchoman distillery is a farm based whisky making operation located on Islay in Scotland. One of the younger of the distilleries there, it is a still relatively small operation when compared to its more well known neighbors. Of the different expressions it releases annually, perhaps one of the more highly sought after is its barley farm grown 100% Islay variant. The Kilchoman 100% Islay 10th Edition, according to those behind it, is the 10th annual edition of the distillery’s whisky that’s produced entirely from barley grown on its farm on Islay. This time around this expression is 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.” Kilchoman 100% Islay 10th Edition (image via Kilchoman) Maturation for this release occurred in a combination of 39 bourbon barrels and 2 oloroso sherry butts for a minimum of 9 years, with each cask being “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 Willis in a prepared statement. “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.” Plans call for this whisky to see 12,400 bottles released globally, bottled at 50% ABV and pricing around £75, or about $100 USD.