Kilchoman Inaugural Release

Cask type: 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrels, finished in Oloroso Sherry Butts for 5 month

Vintage: 2006

Bottled: 2009

Age: 3 yo

Strength: 46,0 % abv

Phenol level: 50 ppm

Number of bottles: 8.450

Bottle size: 0,05 l / 0,7 l


With the “Kilchoman Inaugural Release”, the first Kilchoman bottling that was allowed to call itself whisky appeared on 9.9.2009. A few issues of “New Spirits”, mostly 2 years old, had already been released before. The whisky was first matured for 3 years in fresh ex-Bourbon barrels and then finished for 5 months in Oloroso Sherry Butts to give the still very young whisky a little more complexity and depth. Like all future Kilchoman whiskies, it was not coloured and not chill filtered. The circulation was 8.450 bottles.
On the day of the sales launch, Anthony Wills invited to the “Inaugural Single Malt Launch Party” and celebrated the appearance of the first Kilchoman whisky with many whisky celebrities (including the managers of the other Islay distilleries). The general tenor after tasting this first edition was the astonishment how drinkable a three year old whisky can be.