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Double Gold in the first awards of 2023!

May 1, 2023

🏅🏅The 2023 Award season is now underway and we are delighted to share the news that Sanaig was awarded ‘Double Gold’ and Machir Bay ‘Gold’ at the 2023 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Sanaig is a vatting of both oloroso sherry and bourbon casks. The high proportion of oloroso sherry influence adds a balance of dried fruits and spices to classic Kilchoman citrus sweetness and peat smoke character.  Sourcing casks of the highest quality is at the forefront of what we do at Kilchoman.  These bourbon barrels were sourced directly from Buffalo Trace Distillery, Kentucky, USA and the oloroso sherry casks, as with all our sherry casks, have come from Bodega José y Miguel Martin in Jerez, Spain.

Anthony & Kathy Wills recently visited Jerez and spent some time with Miguel.  The care and attention to detail that goes into making these casks and the sherry they produce is amazing.  Click here to find out more about the visit.

In contrast to Sanaig, Machir Bay is predominantly matured in bourbon casks.  With a vatting of 90% bourbon barrels and 10% oloroso sherry casks, the result is a whisky full of citrus sweetness, cooked fruits and maritime peat smoke.  The high proportion of bourbon barrels creates a distinct balance of classic Islay character and fresh floral complexity.

Click here to find out more about Machir Bay and Sanaig, as well as our other releases.



The Kilchoman 16 Years Old

This is a proud moment for all at the distillery as we release our oldest global bottling to date. A combination of 21 casks have been maturing for over 16 years, predominantly ex-bourbon barrels with a hint of ex-oloroso sherry, creating a perfectly balanced single malt. With a marriage of…

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