Kilchoman Club Release 11th Edition announced
Since 2012, Kilchoman has released an exclusive bottling at the end of the year for the members of the Kilchoman Club, in which every Kilchoman friend can register online. Anthony Wills always tried to choose very special casks for these bottlings and so the club releases became highlights of the respective year for many Kilchoman fans.
Today Kilchoman has announced the release of this year’s Club Release, now already the 11th. Limited to one bottle per person, it will be available for purchase on Wednesday, 14 December 2022 from 12 noon Islay time on the Kilchoman homepage.
While many of the previous Club Releases celebrated the classic Kilchoman character resulting from both bourbon and oloroso sherry cask influence, this year Anthony Wills and Robin Bignal have once again chosen one of the so-called “experimental cask types”.
The eleventh edition of the Club Release consists of three ex-bourbon barrels that were finished in fresh Sicilian Marsala casks for fifteen months before being bottled at cask strength.
The yield was 777 bottles with an alcohol content of 53.0%. The bottles cost £74.95 + VAT and shipping.
“Both sweet wines, like sauternes and fortified wines like sherry, port or marsala, work really well with the peat smoke and citrus character of Kilchoman. The fifteen months finishing in marsala casks has given the whisky notes of golden raisins, toasted almonds and dates, as well as amplifying the vanilla influence coming from the bourbon barrel maturation. On the palate there are waves of juicy fruits with the typical Kilchoman freshness and citrus sweetness.”
Anthony Wills, Kilchoman Founder and Master Distiller.
The release date of the bottling is a very special day for Kilchoman. On 14 December 2005, exactly 17 years ago, the first cask of Kilchoman whisky was filled. A good occasion to toast the anniversary with a glass of Kilchoman and to look back on the incredible development of the last 17 years!
Cask Numbers: 45 & 47/2013, 1014/2014
Cask types: Ex-Bourbon Barrels, Marsala Cask Finish
Date Filled: 31.01.2013 & 18.12.2014
Date Bottled: 1.12.2022
Age: 7 yo
Strength: 53,0 % abv
Phenol level: 50 ppm
Number of bottles: 777
Bottle volume: 0,7 l