Timeline 2001

Anthony Wills, a former wine merchant and independent whisky bottler from England, and Mark French, who runs the Rockside Farm on Islay, develop the idea of building a traditional farm distillery on the Rockside Farm. On 12.11.2001 Kilchoman Distillery Company Ltd is incorporated as a private limited company into the Companies Register with Anthony Wills as Director and his wife

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Timeline 2002

Already in January 2002 the website www.kilchomandistillery.com goes online and presents the planned distillery. Sketches of the later exterior view of the distillery and the shape of the stills are already shown here But from the middle of the year the site is already offline again. This state will last until the beginning of 2004. Only then is Anthony Wills’

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Timeline 2003

November: in an interview in Walter Schoberts “Whisky Watch No. 22” Mark French emphasizes that he firmly believes that the distillery will be built after two failed attempts in 2004. The newly formed team now includes Anthony Wills and him, whisky scientist James Swan and whisky expert and author Charles MacLean. Sir John MacTaggart, who was already involved with Bruichladdich,

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Timeline 2005

After the renovation and conversion work of the previous year, the next step in 2005 will be the new buildings (Maltingfloor, Kiln, Warehouse No. 1) as well as the installation of the equipment in order to open the distillery as planned in the middle of the year. February 7: the two stills, the mash tun and other equipment arrive at

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Timeline 2006

February 12: a fire breaks out in the directly fired kiln and destroys the most of it. Fortunately, a spread of the fire to other buildings can be prevented. As it is not possible to malt and kiln for several months, the malting requirement is covered with barley from Port Ellen Maltings, malted according to Ardbeg specifications. The idea of

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Timeline 2007

Two further stainless steel washbacks were installed. This brings the total number of washbacks to 4, each with a filling volume of 6,000 Liters. May 31st: The highlight of the Kilchoman Open Day at Fèis Ile 2007 is a lecture by Dr. James Swan on whisky maturation at Warehouse No. 1. Also at Fèis Ile, Kilchoman presents the first bottling

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