Machir Bay wins Whisky of the Year and Anthony named Master Distiller of the Year
We are very proud to announce that Machir Bay 2012 has been awarded the highest score of the entire competition, following a blind-tasting of over 50 whiskies by an expert panel.
Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Managing Director was also recognised at the awards, winning the title ofMaster Distiller of the Year. As a new category this year, judges unanimously agreed Anthony and the Kilchoman team deservedthe recognition not only for producing a superior Single Malt, but also to further highlight that Kilchoman has only been distilling whisky since 2005.
Sylvain Allard, managing director of the International Whisky Competition,said: “Machir Bay and Kilchoman Distillery are worthy winners in this year’s IWC. To have such a young whisky receive the highest score is unprecedented.
“Compared with the bigger brands’ younger releases, it’s a significant accomplishment that Kilchoman has only been bottling Single Malt Whisky since 2008 on a mirco-distillery.”
Anthony said: “We’re honoured to receive recognition at the IWC for both Machir Bay and the distillery overall.
“We launched the Machir Bay as our core range last year and have been thrilled by the response from experts and our customers. We practice a very strict wood policy regime at Kilchoman which is crucial in our ability to produce such a high-quality young Single Malt.”
Machir Bay 2013, this year’s evolution of the 2012 version was launched inMarch and is a vatting of four and five year old ex-bourbon casks, with the four-year casks being finished in Oloroso sherry butts for four weeks prior to bottling.Bottled once a year, each year’s Machir Bay release contains more mature casks allowing Kilchoman fans to follow the development of the unique malt as it matures. Machir Bay also won the prestigious IWSC 2012 Gold Medal – Best in Class.