Kilchoman Original Cask Strength – Quarter Cask Release

Cask type: Quarter Casks

Vintage: 10/2010

Bottled: 09/2016

Age: 5 yo

Strength: 56,9 % abv

Phenol level: 50 ppm

Number of bottles: 12.000

Bottle volume: 0,7 l / 0,75 l

Bottle code:
OCS 19.09.16 16/79
OCS 20.09.16 16/79
OCS 23.09.16 16/79
OCS 13.04.17 16/79

Distribution: worldwide


On September 26, 2016, following the “Original Cask Strength Release” of 2014, Kilchoman presented a very special cask maturation with the 2nd edition of the series: a “Quarter Cask Release”. Quarter Casks, as the name suggests, are only a quarter of the size of a 500-litre cask. The significantly larger surface area of the cask compared to its volume results in more intensive contact with the wood of the maturing distillate. For this reason some distilleries like to use Quarter Casks for finishing.

For the present “Original Cask Strength – Quarter Cask Matured Release” 95 casks from 2010 were bottled with an alcohol content of 56.9%. This resulted in a yield of 12.000 bottles. The age of the whisky is indicated on the packaging as over 6 years old, but since the casks were filled in early October 2010 and emptied in September 2016, the whisky is actually almost 6 years old.

Anthony Wills wrote about this release: »The Original Cask Strength releases allow us to show off Kilchoman at its natural powerful best. By bottling at cask strength, without chill filtering or colouring, the natural full bodied texture and character of the single malt shines through on both the nose and the pallet.«