Kilchoman reached legal Scotch Whisky requirement of 3 years

Kilchoman celebrated its first milestone on 14 December last year when the first cask to be filled at the distillery reached the legal whisky requirement of three years maturation in an oak cask.

The local newspaper Ileach reported on this today:

Anthony Wills, Malcolm Rennie and Gavin Douglas with the first cask, now three years old and legally Scotch Whisky. Picture by Ileach

Founded in 2005 by Anthony Wills and privately owned, Kilchoman produces just 90,000 litres of spirit a year. Not only one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, it is also unique on Islay in that a proportion of the barley used in production is grown in the fields surrounding the distillery and malted on site.

“It is a very special day for all those connected with the distillery” said Anthony Wills, Managing Director. “At times we thought we´d never get there but the spirit has been very well received around the world which is always encouraging and our next milestone is the release of our first single malt in September 2009.”

Malcolm Rennie, Distillery Manager said “For me it is hugely satisfying to have initially produced a unique quality new spirit and then for three years watch as it has evolved into an exceptional young whisky. The whole distillery team are justifiably proud of their efforts and will continue to take Kilchoman through to a truly special Islay whisky.”