Spring is always a busy time at Kilchoman, we’ve had the release of Loch Gorm 2017, ploughing has been completed and sowing has begun. To top off that Spring feeling, we have delighted to annouce the latest expression of our 100% Islay range will be available worldwide from next week.
On Monday 1st May we will be releasing the 7th edition 100% Islay. The 100% Islay releases are particularly special to us with all parts of the whisky making process, from barley to bottle, completed on site at the farm. This marks these releases out as truly unique and ‘100% Islay’ with Kilchoman being the only distillery in Scotland to produce Single Malt in this traditional hand crafted way.
Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director; “Since day one we have not only been proud of the traditional methods revived to create the 100% Islay releases but also the quality of the spirit produced. We are now growing more barley than ever for future releases of this beautifully fresh and vibrant whisky.”
The 7th edition of the annually released limited edition is a combination of fresh and refill ex Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels filled in 2010 and bottled in 2017. This is the most mature expression released to date and as with all previous 100% Islay releases, the 7th edition has been produced from barley exclusively grown and malted at the distillery. The peating level comes in slightly lighter than the rest of the range and creates a fresh and floral balance with the bourbon cask maturation.
Robin Bignal, Production Manager; “The development of the 100% Islay casks from the Inaugural release up to this, the oldest 100% Islay release, has been intriguing to see. As the bourbon barrel maturation influences the spirit over time it has taken on a real depth of character and complexity to add to the light citrus fruit and peat smoke of the Kilchoman spirit.”
The 100% Islay 7th Edition is bottled at 50% ABV and will be available worldwide from the 1st May. A limited number of bottles will also be available from the Kilchoman website from midday (GMT) on Monday 1st May - £73.50.