Kilchoman is the first distillery to be established on Islay in over 124 years. The distillery was built in 2005, with the first run of new spirit coming off the stills later that year.
One of the smallest distilleries in Scotland with an annual production of approximatley 225,000 litres of alcohol, Kilchoman is one of only six distilleries to carry out traditional floor maltings.
Anthony Wills, the founder and managing director of the Kilchoman Distillery Co, ran his own independent single cask bottling company for 8 years when he came up with the idea of building a farm distillery. The interest in malt whisky has been growing steadily since the early 1990’s, and enthusiasts and connoisseurs have become more and more interested in purchasing limited edition releases from various distilleries – so why not the ultimate farm distillery – ‘taking whisky back to its roots’. Rockside Farm was chosen because of the ideal buildings available and because the farm grows the best malting barley on the island.
Whisky distilling started on farms all over Scotland and, especially on the west coast, and it was no accident that Islay became famous for whisky production. Islay is very fertile and therefore growing barley was no problem, it had plenty of water and peat for drying the malt. The key difference at Kilchoman is that the barley is grown here on the farm, whereas other distilleries purchase barley from around the country.
To learn more about Islay’s only farm distillery, visit their website at:
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