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The Gold Awards keep coming for Sanaig! 

June 20, 2023

The latest Gold Award for Sanaig has been awarded at the 2023 International Spirits Challenge.  It is always a great pleasure to receive these awards and something that we are all incredibly proud of.

Sanaig was introduced to the Kilchoman core release in 2014 and since launching, it has naturally evolved over the last 9 years.  Sanaig sits alongside Machir Bay as one of our two continual releases.

Named after an inlet on Islay’s rugged Atlantic coast, Sanaig is a vatting of both oloroso sherry and bourbon casks. Our Sanaig is created from 50ppm malted barley so classed as a heavily peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.  After distillation, the spirit spends its life maturing independently in our on-site warehouses in both oloroso sherry hogsheads and bourbon barrels.  The recipe for Sanaig showcases a marriage of approximately 70% oloroso sherry cask matured with 30% bourbon cask matured.  The high proportion of oloroso sherry influence adds a balance of dried fruits and spices to classic Kilchoman citrus sweetness and peat smoke character.  It is then bottled as a NAS (non-age-statement) at 46%ABV.

“Sanaig neatly balances the contrasting influences of rich sherry maturation, bourbon barrel finesse and Islay peat smoke,” Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder.

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