Kilchoman Prepares Scotch Made From Its Own Farm Grown Barley - The Whiskey Wash

Kilchoman Prepares Scotch Made From Its Own Farm Grown Barley

By Nino Marchetti / April 29, 2015

kilchoman-5th100Islay’s Kilchoman distillery, among Scottish whisky makers, is known for being one of the few to produce some of its Scotch from barley grown on site. It is a small operation, and the limited amount of grains it grows usually makes its way into the yearly 100% Islay grain only offering, which is now about to be released in its fifth iteration. This also happens to be the second release of the year behind the Loch Gorman sherry cask aged expression.

The Kilchoman 100% Islay 5th Edition, according to the distillery, is a vatting of ex-bourbon barrels filled in 2009 and 2010 that is bottled at 50% ABV. It is said to be only lightly peated compared to other distillery offerings and will price for around £68 ($105 USD) when it debuts in May. Given that it is a little older than previous releases it should have a little more depth and balance in its taste profile.

“When we first set out to build Kilchoman the ambition was to produce a single malt from barley grown on the distillery farm to give complete control and traceability,” said Anthony Wills, Kilchoman founder and managing director, in a statement. “We also wanted to echo how whisky was once made on Islay and across Scotland.  We are incredibly proud to continue these traditional practices.”