DISTILLERY NEWS, NEW RELEASES
FÈIS ÌLE 2020May 4, 2020
JOIN US FOR ONLINE FÈIS ÌLE– THURSDAY 28th MAY
12 noon (Islay Time) – BARLEY – We talk all things barley, cows, sheep and Islay with General Manager, Islay.
13.00 – MALTING – Then on to the malt floor to meet up with Maltman, Derek, to discover the art of floor malting.
14.00 – DISTILLING – We discuss the intricacy of stills and the distillation process with Production Manager, Robin.
15.00 – CASKS – Then off to the warehouses for an overview of our maturing stocks with Anthony, Kilchoman Founder.
16.00 – BOTTLING – Last but not least we take a look inside the bottling hall with Bottling Manager, Michal.
18.00 – LIVE TASTING – GEORGE & PETER’S CORE RANGE (4 x 20ml packs with tasting glass available Tues 12th May -£19.99) – George & Peter Wills taste through our best known core range and limited edition Kilchoman’s including the Machir Bay, Sanaig, Loch Gorm 2020 and 100% 9th Edition.
Machir Bay – Core Expression – Our signature peated single malt is a vatting of Kilchoman matured in a high proportion of bourbon casks with a small sherry cask influence.
Sanaig – Core Expression – Although also matured in both sherry and bourbon casks, Sanaig has a high proportion of oloroso influence, giving a vastly different character to the whisky.
Loch Gorm 2020 – Limited Edition – The 2020 edition of Loch Gorm is a vatting of 21 oloroso sherry butts from 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
100% Islay 9th Edition – Limited Edition – Distilled from our 2007 and 2009 barley crops, the 9th edition is a vatting of 43 ex-bourbon barrels matured for over 9 years in our on-site dunnage warehouses. Bottled at 50% abv, we’ve released a total of 12,000 bottles.
19.00 – LIVE TASTING – ANTHONY WILLS’ BARLEY AND YEAST (4 x 20ml packs with tasting glass available Tues 12th May – £25) – Anthony will explore how different barley and yeast varieties influence the character of our whiskies.
Concerto Barley – Bourbon Barrel 784/19 – Label Info: Barley Variety: Concerto, Field: Stone Cottage Field, Sown May, harvested September 2018, Kilchoman Malted: Peating Level 20ppm, Cask Type: Fresh Bourbon Barrel (Buffalo Trace), Distilled 07/07/2019, Bottled 04/05/2020
Octavia Barley – Bourbon Barrel 935/19 – Label Info: Barley Variety: Octavia, Field: Stone Cottage Field, Sown May, harvested September 2018, Kilchoman Malted: Peating Level 20ppm, Cask Type: Fresh Bourbon Barrel (Buffalo Trace), Distilled 07/07/2019, Bottled 04/05/2020
Mauri Yeast – Oloroso Hogshead 429/19 – Barley source: Port Ellen Malting,Peating Level: 50ppm. Yeast: Mauri. Cask Type: Oloroso Hogshead Distilled: 07/05/2019 Bottled: 04/05/2020
Kerry Yeast – Oloroso Hogshead 497/19 – Barley source: Port Ellen Malting,Peating Level: 50ppm. Yeast: Kerry. Cask Type: Oloroso Hogshead Distilled: 25/05/2019 Bottled: 04/05/2020
20.00 – CASK AUCTION OPENS FOR BIDS + LIVE TASTING – FÈIS ÌLE RELEASE
Due to the cancellation of Fèis Ìle 2020, this years release is an online exclusive with just 2630 bottles available at cask strength (54.2%). This release is matured in ex-bourbon barrels for a minimum of 12 years.
The Fèis Ìle Release and Tasting Packs will be available from the Kilchoman website at 2pm on Tuesday 12th May.
*Limited to two bottles per person and unfortunately we are currently unable to ship to the USA*
100% Islay 13th Edition
The 100% Islay 13th Edition was distilled from barley grown on the farm at Kilchoman in 2012, 2013 and 2014, it was then matured for a minimum of 8 years before 44 bourbon barrels were selected for this year’s release of bottles. “The 13th Edition is the first release since…September 11, 2023