Cognac Finish Single Cask 980/2014

After Kilchoman had released an exclusive online shop release in mid-April with a Madeira Finish Single Cask, today, May 12th, with a Cognac Finish Single Cask, the second highlight from Kilchoman’s 3rd online tasting with Anthony and James Wills on April 3rd, 2020, followed. Our hope expressed when announcing the Madeira Finish Single Cask that it would not be the last online release in times of the closed visitor centre was therefore quickly fulfilled. However, unlike its predecessor, the Cognac Finish Single Cask was sold out within one day. This may be due on the one hand to the fact that the Cognac Release is a Kilchoman world premiere, but on the other hand it certainly contributed to the quick sellout that the Fèis Ìle Release was also supposed to be sold on that day, which brought so many visitors to the Kilchoman site that the system collapsed and the sale of the Fèis Ìle Release and Tasting Packs had to be postponed to May 14.

Distilled on 10.12.2014 the whisky matured for almost 5 years in a 1st-Fill ex-Bourbon Barrel before being finished in a Cognac Bossuet Barrique for 7 months. On 4 May 2020, 239 bottles with an alcohol content of 58.1% were bottled. We will soon be tasting this first example of a Kilchoman whisky matured in a Cognac cask here!

The Cognac Finish Single Cask is the first visible result of a collaboration with the well-known French spirits entrepeneur Alexandre Gabriel. Not only did he bring Ferrand Cognac to life in 1989 and spearheading the movement for French gins with the creation of Citadelle Gin, distilled in pot stills since 1996, he is also the owner of Plantation Rum, whose products are particularly known for double maturation in different types of casks. After several years ageing in Bourbon barrels on site, the Plantation Rum is then shipped to Château de Bonbonnet in France, where the second maturation process takes place in Ferrand French oak casks. This gives the sweet rum additional tannic notes.
In the meantime, this process has been extended to post-maturing in various other types of casks, including Scotch whisky casks, which is particularly well-known among whisky lovers.

Kilchoman supplied Plantation Rum with a number of their used barrels, and two Plantation Rum bottlings with Kilchoman cask finishing have already appeared on the market. In return, Kilchoman received some Ferrand cognac casks, which are used for finishing but also partly filled with fresh New Make.


Cask No.: 980/2014

Cask type: 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel, finished in a Cognac Bossuet Barrique

Distillation Date: 10.12.2014

Bottling Date: 4.5.2020

Strength: 58,1 % abv

Phenol level: 50 ppm

Number of bottles: 239

Bottle volume: 0,02 l / 0,7 l

Market: worldwide (via Kilchoman Online Shop)